Microsoft reveals more on IE11 for Windows 8.1 Update, WP 8.1 and 7

As part of its BUILD 2014 keynote, Microsoft revealed that Internet Explorer 11 would be a part of Windows Phone 8.1. Now the company has revealed more information on what it plans to put in the new version of IE11, which will also be released as part of the Windows 8.1 Update, along with Windows 7.

In a blog post, Microsoft said that IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1 will feature a number of additions, such as pinning websites to the Start screen as Live tiles, Reading Mode for better text viewing, and voice commands to navigate to sites. There's also a new High Savings Mode that reduces image quality on pages to help cut down data by 60 to 80 percent.

The version of IE for Windows 8.1 was made so that it can automatically detect the size of a device's screen, no matter how large or small, and adapt to fit that display. As previously reported, IE11 for Windows 8.1 Update, as well as Windows 7, will also have an Enterprise Mode, designed to run sites and apps previously made for IE8.

Microsoft also launched a new browser benchmark website, FishGL, that's designed to show off some nice looking graphical effects. Microsoft said: 

Rotate around the tank of colorful fish. Crank up the fish count, see how many your browser can run. While you are there tap the glass to scatter the fish or tap and hold for more one-on-one interaction. Swipe your finger across the screen to rotate the room or pinch to zoom. Use the control panel to toggle to fish view – insider the aquarium. Power users can adjust the aquarium physics too.

Microsoft also worked with 22tracks to create a new website that's designed to give users a touch-based music playlist from DJ across Europe, along with an audio visualizer that responses to touch while the music is playing.

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