IE 11 gets a small update, adds new 'tab' page functionality

On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft pushes out patches to its millions of users around the world. Bundled in with today's release, is an update for IE 11 that adds some new functionality to the browser. This particular update is showing up on Windows 8.1 x64 with IE 11.0.13 and for those of you on the Windows 10 technical preview, you may not see this update.

If you take a look at the picture at the top of page, you can see the new search bar that is appearing for those of you who are running IE 11 and Windows 8.1.  We posted the older page below for reference.

According to the KB article that got released with the update, the following changes have been made:

  • History and Favorites group headers are not displayed in the suggestions list of the address bar. This lets more suggestions display in the same vertical space.
  • For certain queries, there may only be several web suggestions. However, for other more ambiguous queries, more web suggestions may have to be displayed to capture your intent. With this update, the search engine can control how many web suggestions are appropriate for the typed query so that you receive the appropriate number of relevant suggestions.
  • Domain suggestions for sites that you never visited before are not displayed (for example, if you type "m" and you had never visited "mapquest.com", it will not be displayed). These domain suggestions did not receive many clicks from you and yet you use valuable real estate. Instead, more relevant suggestions are displayed.

It's a small little change but one that will make searching a little bit easier. Of course, you can still search by going to the URL bar too and typing in your query.

For those of you who use Chrome or Firefox, this layout will look very similar to that browser's 'new tab' page too. Let us know if this update has made its way to your browser in the comments below.

Thanks for the tip Zlip792

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