Windows 8 launch options for Internet Explorer 10 revealed

Windows 8 will include Internet Explorer 10 among its apps. However, the web browser will be available in two different versions: one will run on the Metro user interface and will not support any plug-in programs, and the other will be the more familiar browser that will run on the desktop UI.

In the newest entry on Microsoft's official Internet Explorer blog, IE team member Kevin Luu gives some more details about the types of launch options that will be available for IE 10 users in Windows 8. By default, the version of IE 10 that a user will launch will depend on which Windows 8 UI is in use at the time. So if you click on a URL in a Metro application, the Metro port of IE 10 will launch. If you click on a link on the desktop, it will be the regular IE 10 that will be activated.

However, a user can also go into IE 10's settings and change the default to one of two more choices. If a person checks the "Always in Internet Explorer" option, then the Metro version of IE 10 will launch no matter which Windows 8 UI is running. If a person checks the "Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop" option, it will always run the desktop version of IE 10, again no matter which version of Windows 8 is in use.

You can also change which version of IE 10 runs when you click on an Internet Explorer tile on Windows 8's Start Screen. If you leave it unchecked, it will launch the Metro version of IE. If the option is checked, it will open the tiles on the desktop version of IE 10.

Of course, you may choose not to have IE 10 as your default browser. If that is the case, only the desktop version of IE 10 will work. Luu writes:

To change the default browser, type “default” on the Windows 8 Start screen. The Start screen will search apps, settings, and files for this term. The Apps results will include Default Programs. Touch or click it to bring up the Default Programs control panel item. From its list of options, select “Set your default programs” to display a page containing a list of programs on the left.

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So I get two different built in browsing experiences win windows 8, yay, choice is good.

Seriously, two different browsers in the same OS and they don't even share cookies and temp files etc. that is not good.

derekaw said,
So I get two different built in browsing experiences win windows 8, yay, choice is good.

Seriously, two different browsers in the same OS and they don't even share cookies and temp files etc. that is not good.

How many other apps will be installed twice (Desktop and Metro) and how confusing will this potentially be for someone? You should not mix your tablet and desktop OS.

Hit F11 and you get full browser on Desktop and also support flash. I don't find html 5 video support any more important than adobe flash.

You can, except it'll be using HTML5 video instead of Adobe Flash. It works pretty much the same was as iOS and WP7. Any multimedia site that requires flash, then no. But most newer sites now have HTML5 video support.

I actually like the full screen browsing experience in Metro10, the only issue I have is plug-ins. Due to the lack of them, right now places I visit don't all work well.

How exactly is "full screen browsing" a new or good feature? Almost every browser can already go full screen, and even in normal mode, the only difference is the task bar...

They weren't. Windowsblogitalia talked this as one of their tips and tricks sessions for Windows 8 for fixing the Internet Explorer issue when changed to a Windows Live account.

Though is great that MS published this officially.

Always good to see them adding more choice but on that note, isn't it about time they redid the internet options part of IE? That things got the same UI going all the way back to IE6, ir not longer iirc.

I don't care about shuffling between interfaces. I can deal with that easily.

What I want to know is whether settings (cookies, bookmarks, sync settings, history, saved passwords, etc) will be shared between the two. I also want custom stylesheets for the Metro version.

Relativity_17 said,
I don't care about shuffling between interfaces. I can deal with that easily.

What I want to know is whether settings (cookies, bookmarks, sync settings, history, saved passwords, etc) will be shared between the two. I also want custom stylesheets for the Metro version.

I don't see why those settings and cookies wouldn't be shared between the two, and also I already think bookmarks are it's just that the metro version doesn't have a bookmark button to bring them up like the desktop version does. You should still see them when you start typing out a websites name in the address bar though.

I just wish they'd get rid of the marketing BS...

'IE10 is a new browsing experience', 'control which experience of Internet Explorer [...] to launch', 'a full-screen, immersive site experience', ' Metro style browsing because it's less manual', 'a “no compromises” experience'.

At least they didn't mention "fast and fluid" or the browsing experience "coming alive"....

CJEric said,

At least they didn't mention "fast and fluid" or the browsing experience "coming alive"....

What's wrong with fast and fluid? Metro apps are meant to be "fast and fluid" (In the sense that, the user interface should be animated, and respond instantly and naturally to a users inputs, even if doing computationally expensive tasks).

~Johnny said,
What's wrong with fast and fluid?

There's nothing wrong with a "fast and fluid" UI. There definitely is something wrong with calling it "fast and fluid" over and over again.

CJEric said,

There's nothing wrong with a "fast and fluid" UI. There definitely is something wrong with calling it "fast and fluid" over and over again.

Now on the subject of things being said over and over again....

TCLN Ryster said,

Now on the subject of things being said over and over again....


I get your point. Fair enough...

I should probably just stop reading the B8 blog altogether...

CJEric said,

There's nothing wrong with a "fast and fluid" UI. There definitely is something wrong with calling it "fast and fluid" over and over again.

Yes, yes, you're right. Microsoft shouldn't market their products in the most effective ways

Callum said,

Yes, yes, you're right. Microsoft shouldn't market their products in the most effective ways

Even if it was the most effective marketing, which I don't believe it is, why should that make it alright? It may be effective marketing of Apple to call their products "magical", it still seems pretty annoying to me (thankfully I think they've stopped doing so).

Great, now add a default for not using Metro at all. More realistically give us the option to boot into desktop and a desktop search without going in and out of metro. I always had a combination of desktop and task bar short cuts so it's easy to stay in desktop mode except for search in most everyday usage. Off topic can anyone tell me how to get the waste bin onto the task bar if it's at all possible?

silky said,
Great, now add a default for not using Metro at all. More realistically give us the option to boot into desktop and a desktop search without going in and out of metro. I always had a combination of desktop and task bar short cuts so it's easy to stay in desktop mode except for search in most everyday usage. Off topic can anyone tell me how to get the waste bin onto the task bar if it's at all possible?

You very well know that this is not going to happen. Microsoft has decided that the Metro interface is the future. The API is not really even ready for prime time and they are basically already talking about the end of traditional desktop applications.

silky said,
Great, now add a default for not using Metro at all. More realistically give us the option to boot into desktop and a desktop search without going in and out of metro. I always had a combination of desktop and task bar short cuts so it's easy to stay in desktop mode except for search in most everyday usage. Off topic can anyone tell me how to get the waste bin onto the task bar if it's at all possible?

That default option is called Windows 7.

People will try to adjust. Fullscreen browsing may be more popular than flipping back and forth from Metro to Desktop.

MorganX said,
People will try to adjust. Fullscreen browsing may be more popular than flipping back and forth from Metro to Desktop.

I can do fullscreen browsing on desktop by hitting F11, however it was never accepted widely.

techguy77 said,

I can do fullscreen browsing on desktop by hitting F11, however it was never accepted widely.

Not so much 'accepted', I would say didn't know about it, or hit it once and got freaked.

Most people that know about it, use it depending on what they are doing, and is the ideal clean minimalist web browsing experience.

It also a very early implementation of Metro if you remember the UI concept it used even in IE4 days that slide the bars out of the way and even started using the 'solid flat black' theme in a version or two later.

(Also can use Alt-Enter since this is more common to DOS and gamers.)

Something refreshing and less distracting to have a nice big screen hit Full Screen, then hold Ctrl and Roll the mouse wheel to zoom in (or pinch if you have a touch monitor) and sit back and relax reading web articles.