Windows Blue IE11 adds new downloads list feature and more

We have already reported on the early version of Internet Explorer 11 that was part of the leaked Windows Blue build, including its tab syncing features, but that's not all that can be found in IE11. There's is yet another new feature that's not currently in the IE10 Modern build that should be welcomed by users of the browser.

The leaded IE11 build includes a way to access a list of downloads from the browser by pressing on the wrench icon. You should then be able to press on the View Downloads selection to see the download list. Quite frankly, this should have been in the Modern IE10 web browser and we are sure it will get a lot of use in IE11.

Yet another new feature that has come to light is a way to turn the web site tracking protection on and off in IE11. Previously, IE10 supported Do Not Track as its default and while IE11 may keep that setting, it now appears that Microsoft is going to let its users change that setting after IE11 and Windows Blue is installed and running.

This is likely a small concession to Internet advertising companies, who have expressed their displeasure to Microsoft on enabling Do Not Track on IE10.

Via: WinBeta.org

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This helps further prove how much Windows 8 RTMs Start Screen is such an unfinished environment. No wonder I hardly use it.

Download lists, Tracking Protection... is not everything. I am still faster with Chrome. Not because of the browser is faster, but it's much more productive than the IE. Visit Wikipedia and press the TAB for search, make a right click on an URL that is not a clickable link, the right click menu,... all this small little things that Chrome have.

Tracking Protection Lists and Do Not Track are two completely different things. All this change appears to do is add TPL settings to Modern IE rather than forcing users to alter settings on the desktop.

Furthermore, TPLs are real tracking protection unlike DNT - they actually block network requests from tracking sites, whereas DNT just sends a pretty-please request that the server not track you. For some reason (whether we can blame the press, or maybe Microsoft for not wanting to **** of advertisers and its own ad division too much by doing serious promotion of an effective tech) DNT got a lot of publicity and TPLs never got much of any.

Quite frankly, this should have been in the Modern IE10 web browser and we are sure it will get a lot of use in IE11.

are we going to say that for every new feature in Windows blue now?

many windows 8 users angrily shout at anyone who says they hate win8 or that there are missing features but when windows blue leaked they were all shouting with joy about the missing features being added. You can't make this stuff up

Windows blue is basically a less annoying win8, but it is still annoying. If they gave me an option to bring back the start menu and make a few other changes then i'd switch from win7 to win blue but i can't see that happening.

Any particular reason people shouldn't be glad that Microsoft is improving Windows 8 by adding features? I'm sure even if someone likes Windows 8 they would not be claiming it didn't need improvements.

At least they are not going around beating the same old dead horse about the start menu...

Microsoft is not going to say that they were wrong with the Start Screen and go back to the Start Menu, just as they will not say that they were wrong by moving to the Ribbon within Office (ironically, now in Windows Explorer in Windows 8).

Personally, I was not an Office power user before they went to the Ribbon, and I prefer the Ribbon because it makes things easier to find for people like me that only occasionally use it. However, I am a power user on Windows 7 (in fact, I am typing this on my Windows 7 machine), but the Start Screen still makes things easier for me to find in Windows 8. The only reason that this machine still runs Windows 7 is because I have not had a good chance to format it.

The vast majority of users complaining about Windows 8 are the same set of people that complained about Windows Phone's look and feel. They have never tried it. Not liking how it looks is one thing, but acting like the Start Menu is in any way superior to the Start Screen is confusing at best. If that were your only gripe, then you could easily install any Start Menu replacement to bring it back.

BajiRav said,

are we going to say that for every new feature in Windows blue now?

I was thinking exactly the same. All the articles about Win Blue contain one or the other.

This should have been in Win8
or
Making the article sound like it's the final version of Win Blue and the new features are not working properly

torrentthief said,
many windows 8 users angrily shout at anyone who says they hate win8 or that there are missing features but when windows blue leaked they were all shouting with joy about the missing features being added. You can't make this stuff up

Windows blue is basically a less annoying win8, but it is still annoying. If they gave me an option to bring back the start menu and make a few other changes then i'd switch from win7 to win blue but i can't see that happening.

You can enjoy something and still appreciate when it is made better...

efjay said,
Any particular reason people shouldn't be glad that Microsoft is improving Windows 8 by adding features? I'm sure even if someone likes Windows 8 they would not be claiming it didn't need improvements.

At least they are not going around beating the same old dead horse about the start menu...