Windows 8: A look at Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft announced Windows 8 developer preview build 8102 this morning, and with that comes the next major release of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 10 will be much more than just a browser, but play a major role in the backend support for Metro start screen.

IE10 will play a big role in not only the desktop experience, but the metro UI. The big noticeable difference in IE10 would be the new Metro UI browsing experience. Tablet users will be able surf the Internet with a skinned version of Internet Explorer 10, what many used to call ‘Immersive Browser’.

The mobile version, or Metro Internet Explorer, is optimized for your tablet with a swipe down tab bar, displaying all of your opened tabs, easy to open and close with the touch of your finger.

The swipe up or down experience will show the address bar with back and forth buttons, refresh page, pin the current website to your start screen and find on page / use desktop view button.

The Metro Internet Explorer 10 browser includes a start screen for quick access to your frequent websites and pinned websites. The start screen displays when the user opens a new tab, or starts up the browser without any saved tabs.

Like other Metro applications, Internet Explorer 10 can be used in a full screen mode, allowing for full screen browsing.

As Internet Explorer 10 is still under heavy development and there will likely be many changes coming to the desktop version of the browser, while the Metro interface appears to be pretty much complete.

Windows 8's desktop version of Internet Explorer 10 is very much similar to that of IE9. Aside from the new build number, the browser appears to be that of the IE10 test drive Platform Preview 2.

Microsoft appears to be putting all their primacy focus on the backend of Internet Explorer 10 and the Metro browser, but it is headed in the right direction for tablet users to get the full browser experience with HTML5 and CSS3.

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Internet Explorer 10 will be much more than just a browser, but play a major role in the backend support for Metro start screen.

So the vulnerabilities of IE10 will affect the Metro start scree, nice.

McoreD said,
Internet Explorer 10 will be much more than just a browser, but play a major role in the backend support for Metro start screen.

So the vulnerabilities of IE10 will affect the Metro start scree, nice.

what vulnerabilities?

Saad_Salman said,
Good thing I use Google Chrome. This abomination looks super ugly.

This is the touch friendly IE10, not the desktop version

people critizing something that isn't finished? its UI, ui isn't something that takes months to design and test.

at least you saw the demo in video or just you are saying it look terrible for 2 pics?.... because if its for these 2 pics... i like how you critize something based on an obviously non finished product. specially since even IE10 its in preview.

EmilyTheStrange said,
people critizing something that isn't finished? its UI, ui isn't something that takes months to design and test.

at least you saw the demo in video or just you are saying it look terrible for 2 pics?.... because if its for these 2 pics... i like how you critize something based on an obviously non finished product. specially since even IE10 its in preview.


Here's the token "not yet finished so don't criticize' comment.

I like it! Can't wait to download it! re. -1, IE 10 should be available on W7 since the developer platform is. They demo-d it running in regular explorer... looks like a W7 app that way (more or less).

sopharine said,
that favicon on the bottom is useless, out of place and outright ugly

It's not even beta, not much point in complaining about details like that.

sopharine said,
that favicon on the bottom is useless, out of place and outright ugly
i think if they ditched that it may look ok

smooth3006 said,
my god that is hideous.

Good! For a moment there I was the only one who thought it looks horrible.

smooth3006 said,
my god that is hideous.

A.k.a Metro at it's best.

All I can think when looking at that is "OH GOD THE SUPPORT CALLS i'm going to get when that is finally released and the customers that install it won't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

Hell I got a lot of support calls when 9 removed file edit view.

O5M3L said,

Good! For a moment there I was the only one who thought it looks horrible.


No most definitely not. It looks terrible.

.Neo said,

No most definitely not. It looks terrible.

i wouldn't call it terrible. More like boring. Metro might be good UI design. But when everything made of same design and looks same it's just boring and annoying. That's why i'll prefer Android in upcoming future.

warwagon said,

A.k.a Metro at it's best.

All I can think when looking at that is "OH GOD THE SUPPORT CALLS i'm going to get when that is finally released and the customers that install it won't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

Hell I got a lot of support calls when 9 removed file edit view.


Probably a good thing then that the desktop version looks more or less identical to IE9.

warwagon said,

A.k.a Metro at it's best.

All I can think when looking at that is "OH GOD THE SUPPORT CALLS i'm going to get when that is finally released and the customers that install it won't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

Hell I got a lot of support calls when 9 removed file edit view.

I wouldn't complain, surely its more business for you!

smooth3006 said,
my god that is hideous.
looks out of the 90's, but as usual metro always looks better in person with the transitions and what not so lets hope that holds true

okay ... can't wait for ms to drop all this metro nonsense. I'll probably pass on Windows 8. I'll probably not be able to install IE10 on seven but who cares when we can use Chrome anyway.

Those solid background colors with metro station-like pictograms just aren't doing it for me. On a phone it's fine, but on a tablet (9,7-inch+), notebook or desktop-sized screen it's just too plain. It looks as if the image files failed to load or something.

Integration of IE10 with the OS sounds like a bad idea. We will see less versions released. Can't go updating a major component of the OS that often.

ObiWanToby said,
Integration of IE10 with the OS sounds like a bad idea. We will see less versions released. Can't go updating a major component of the OS that often.

hate to break it to you, but Metro is darn near 100% browser driven being html5+java script + c# and silverlight. While it won't be in a standard browser, the engine will be the same.

ObiWanToby said,
Integration of IE10 with the OS sounds like a bad idea. We will see less versions released. Can't go updating a major component of the OS that often.

Well you can, you just update the core components i guess like the trident engine etc?

I would see no reason why they could update it often when ie9 updates are pushing out through windows update every months fixing bugs and such. In fact if you have watch the conference (and I would highly recommand you check it out at http://www.buildwindows.com), update will be silence in win8 so you would even have to worry about it.

ObiWanToby said,
Integration of IE10 with the OS sounds like a bad idea. We will see less versions released. Can't go updating a major component of the OS that often.

Sure you can, that's what test suites are for. Performance changes are always welcome.

ObiWanToby said,
Integration of IE10 with the OS sounds like a bad idea. We will see less versions released. Can't go updating a major component of the OS that often.

I'm more interested to see how this pans out from an anti-trust perspective. OS-browser integration was exactly what they got panned for 10 years ago. It just so happens however that the ruling for that particular anti-trust case expired recently. Coincidence?

ObiWanToby said,
Integration of IE10 with the OS sounds like a bad idea. We will see less versions released. Can't go updating a major component of the OS that often.

Shouldn't be much different from OSX and Webkit. I just hope that they can get IE10 web technology support up to the level of the competition and fix the poor font rendering IE9 (and Firefox 4+ w/ hardware acceleration) has.

meh, i wanna see the desktop version, test it on html5test.com and tell us the score, or have they just included IE10 PP2 and not PP3 for non-metro users?

torrentthief said,
meh, i wanna see the desktop version, test it on html5test.com and tell us the score, or have they just included IE10 PP2 and not PP3 for non-metro users?

It should be the same rendering engine for both

torrentthief said,
meh, i wanna see the desktop version, test it on html5test.com and tell us the score, or have they just included IE10 PP2 and not PP3 for non-metro users?

I've seen the number 300 + 6 bonus points floating around.