Internet Explorer 10 represents one of the features that users will take advantage of in the upcoming Windows 8 platform.
The browser has a lot to offer to those who have installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview as well, providing users with all the features and capabilities that Metro apps include.
The new browser promises a “more beautiful web,” the same as Internet Explorer 9 before it. Moreover, the app takes advantage of support for HTML5 and other web standards, and packs a hardware accelerated browsing engine.
“The result in Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a Metro style web experience. IE10 is designed to make website interaction fast and fluid for touch as well as for heavy mouse and keyboard use,” Rob Mauceri, group program manager for Internet Explorer, notes.
“With IE10, websites participate in the Metro style experience in Windows 8, including the Start screen, charms, snap, and more. IE10 also provides the best protection from malicious software on the web while providing real control over your online privacy.” Metro-style browsing
in IE10 on Windows 8 devices is full-screen, for an immersive site experience, similar to the one they can enjoy on their smartphones.
Moreover, the browser will provide users with the option to accomplish additional tasks with the websites – including sharing, printing or search – by simply bringing up the Charms bar.
Given the fact that the Metro-style browsing in Windows 8 is less manual and more focused on what and how users browse, most people prefer it to desktop browsing, Mauceri explains.
IE10 is meant to deliver a fluid experience to all users, and has undergone some important changes lately, to ensure that it indeed lives up to expectations, regardless of whether used with keyboard and mouse or on touch-enabled devices.
Some of the main features and improvements that Microsoft has packed the Internet Explorer 10 browser in Windows 8 Consumer Preview include: - Full, independent composition enables responsive, fast and fluid behavior on real websites (including pages with fixed elements, nested scrolling regions, animations, and video)
- Back and forward swipe navigation with preview
- Double-tap to zoom in on content
- Fast back and forward navigation controls for mouse
- Mouse (CTRL+scroll wheel) and keyboard methods for quickly zooming in and out to mirror touch interactions
- Automatic domain suggestions for faster navigation and less typing
- Share charm support for URLs, snippets, images and selection with Mail and other apps
- Search charm with visual search suggestions
- Devices charm for printing, projecting, and playing video to external devices like TVs
- Plug-in free support: notifications for sites requiring activeX
- Background notifications for pinned sites and other tile improvements
- Jumplists for pinned sites
- InPrivate tabs that are easier to open
- Clean up tabs command, which quickly closes all but current tab
IE10 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview takes full advantage of the multitasking capabilities that Microsoft’s platform already had. We should expect further enhancements to be packed with the application before the final release is made available later this year.
In the meantime, you can get a taste of what the browser can deliver by downloading and installing the Consumer Preview flavor of Windows 8. It is available from Softpedia as well, via this link