Windows 8 blog site talks about IE 10 features

Windows 8 will, not surprisingly, come equipped with the next version of Internet Explorer 10. In the latest update on the official Windows 8 blog site, Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch writes about how the new IE10 will give the user two different ways to surf the web. One is the more traditional desktop browser user interface. The other is the updated and graphically oriented Metro style experience.

Hachamovitch writes, "You’ll get the best immersive, touch-first experience of HTML5 websites with the Metro style browser in Windows 8. If you prefer more traditional window and tab management, you have that in improved form with IE on the desktop. Both run on the same IE10 engine."

While the Metro browser in the current developers version of Windows 8 is not yet ready for prime time, Hachamovitch writes that the team discovered that even with a mouse and keyboard, the Metro IE10 UI may actually be better than the standard web browser. He says, "While it’s a touch-first browser, it works well with keyboard and mouse or trackpad. If you've been doing more and more browsing on your phone, then you’ve likely become used to having almost no “chrome,” far more visual tab management, and a more immersive, less “desktop”-y, more manual browsing experience. You might find that you prefer the new Metro style experience of Internet Explorer 10 to the desktop."

Hachamovitch said it was important that both versions of IE10 have solid performance, including "full hardware acceleration of graphics, video, and audio." Both versions support the HTML5 language and both have solid security and privacy features including "SmartScreen, XSS filtering, and InPrivate browsing."

The Metro version of IE 10 uses Windows 8 touch features to allow for less typing to get to web sites. Hachamovitch says, "You see a touch-friendly, visual list of your frequent and pinned websites when you open a new tab or bring up the address bar." An example is shown below:

Users will also be able to show favorite web sites on the new Windows 8 Start Screen which should make accessing them quicker. In terms of other features Hachamovitch says, "Metro style IE supports touch panning and pinching to zoom. Pages are fast and fluid like the rest of the system because the HTML5 engine takes advantage of full hardware acceleration. You can see this in the scrolling and panning performance." He adds that Microsoft plans to work with web developers to optimize their sites to work with IE10's Metro user interface.

As far as folks who might feel Microsoft is creating two different web browsers with Windows 8, Hachamovitch says, "There’s only one browsing engine, which you can use with two different 'skins.' Over time, the Metro style experience will serve more and more mainstream browsing scenarios, even as the desktop browser continues to play a key role in many people’s lives. You can set your default to either style, seamlessly switch between them, or use any other browser you choose on Windows 8."

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unfortunately they aren't releasing IE10 PP3 for other operating systems atm, only having it bundled in Win8 preview

It finally has spellcheck

torrentthief said,
unfortunately they aren't releasing IE10 PP3 for other operating systems atm, only having it bundled in Win8 preview

It finally has spellcheck


Windows 8 has spellchecking built into the operating system for all apps, so perhaps that's why the new Internet Explorer Platform Preview contains spellchecking?

Callum said,

Windows 8 has spellchecking built into the operating system for all apps, so perhaps that's why the new Internet Explorer Platform Preview contains spellchecking?

Yes, it's not IE, it's Windows 8 that added system wide spell checking.

Has anyone else had trouble getting Flash to work inside the Metro IE? It plays fine in the desktop experience version.

Skwerl said,
Has anyone else had trouble getting Flash to work inside the Metro IE? It plays fine in the desktop experience version.

Are you using 64bit and 32bit versions?

Skwerl said,
Has anyone else had trouble getting Flash to work inside the Metro IE? It plays fine in the desktop experience version.

if you are using x64, make sure you have flash 11 installed that has 64bit support, I believe that IE10 Metro uses IE10x64 if you are using the 64bit os by default

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

if you are using x64, make sure you have flash 11 installed that has 64bit support, I believe that IE10 Metro uses IE10x64 if you are using the 64bit os by default

I'm running 100% 32-bit on my knock-around box. The machine I installed it on is an old 2005 model, so it's x86. Incidentally, it runs beautifully even on that old junker.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

if you are using x64, make sure you have flash 11 installed that has 64bit support, I believe that IE10 Metro uses IE10x64 if you are using the 64bit os by default

It doesn't help. Flash will not work.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

if you are using x64, make sure you have flash 11 installed that has 64bit support, I believe that IE10 Metro uses IE10x64 if you are using the 64bit os by default

It appears to be run in 64-bit in the Metro one, but 32-bit in when you launch from the traditional UI. I got an alert saying it couldn't detect my browser type and tried to direct me to 32-bit downloaders when going to the Zune site, but it worked just fine in the traditional UI

I love the look of IE 10.. i was never a huge fan of the aero look because it could be distracting if your background was a bright picture.. Also love the idea of when you touch the search bar it automatically opens a new tab pretty much and actively searches your history and pins.. Its a huge upgrade over just having a drop bar from the search bar..

Also the "find app" for each website could be pretty handy especially if you are used to searching the web instead of searching through your downloaded apps.. I have apps on my WP7 that I totally forget i have when i check their website once in a blue moon.

Nice work microsoft.

I love it, I'm using IE10 Immersive on my laptop. It's clean and beautiful even without a touch-screen. Just right-click to get the tabs/address bar .

Ninja Grinch said,
I'm just happy you can finally set 64-bit IE as the default browser.

It appears to be run in 64-bit in the Metro one, but 32-bit in when you launch from the traditional UI. Silverlight didn't seem to have a 64-bit variant, so the alert told me when going to the Zune website.

wixostrix said,

It appears to be run in 64-bit in the Metro one, but 32-bit in when you launch from the traditional UI. Silverlight didn't seem to have a 64-bit variant, so the alert told me when going to the Zune website.

Silverlight 5, currently in RC supports 64 bit browsers, and Flash 11 RC supports 64 bit browsers as well.