Metro style browsing with IE10

Discussion in 'Windows 8 News' started by Becky, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Becky


    Sep 9, 2011
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    The Windows 8 preview features a look at the new browser - Internet Explorer 10. For the first time, the software can be used in two different ways: Metro style browsing (ie touch optimised) or the more traditional style browser featuring tab management. Microsoft describes the new platform as "one engine, two experiences, no compromise".

    Essentially you can choose which 'experience' you want, whether you are using IE10 on a desktop or tablet.

    Browsing in IE10 draws from features available on IE9, such as the tiles showing frequently visited sites when you open a new tab. I have always found this quite a handy feature, although I dislike the bold colours used for the tiles in IE10.

    The traditional browser view features 'minimal chrome' - meaning you have a thin strip at the top of the page for the web address and tabs, but not much else. It looks very similar to IE9, but according to Microsoft has increased performance and functionality.

    Anyone familiar with browsing using Safari on Apple products is likely to find that Metro browsing works in a similar way using IE10. Panning, zooming and bringing up tool bars work in a very similar way. One area where it does differ is the ability to snap two windows side by side, so that you can view parts of different pages at the same time.

    If there is a website you use a lot, you can pin it to the Windows 8 start-up screen in the same way as other apps. There are also 'charms' which allow you to search and share when browsing.

    There is more information available, together with a video demonstrating the Metro browsing experience, on the MSDN blog.
    Becky, Sep 15, 2011
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