Internet Explorer 10.0.6 or IE10, the Windows 8 default browser, is the latest version of Internet Explorer released by the Microsoft Corporation on the 9th of June 2013. This version explains on IE9 functionality regarding HTML5 support, hardware acceleration and CSS3 support. On February 26, 2013, IE10 was made available for download to all users of Windows 7 SP1.
On Windows 8, the latest version of Internet Explorer is divided into 2 editions with various user interfaces: a traditional desktop app that maintains plug-in support and a Metro app that doesn’t support plug-ins. The former can be run in 64-bit mode by simply allowing Enhanced Protection Mode while the latter can be flawlessly run on 64-bit computers by default.
The following are the top of the range features of this latest version of Internet Explorer:
- Adobe Flash Integration – On Windows 8, IE10 comes with a built-in Adobe Flash Player. Adobe and Microsoft collaborated to ascertain that the Adobe Flash version included with IE10 neither affect performance negatively nor drain the battery. In IE’s Metro version, only some Adobe Flash features will be included for security purposes, performance and battery life. Some features that dot work perfectly with touch have also been eliminated from the IE’s Metro version. However, not all sites can utilize Adobe Flash in the said version as Adobe and Microsoft maintains a list of approved sites. In IE10’s desktop version, however, all Adobe Flash features are available.
- User Interface – IE10’s desktop version, which is only available for Windows 7 and 8, maintains Internet Explorer 9’s user interface with slight requirements, like eliminating gradients. On the other hand, the Metro version includes a brand new user interface, most of which is concealed so that the specific webpage being viewed takes up the entre screen.
The user interface can be exposed by right clicking the mouse or swiping from the touchscreen’s top or bottom edges. When the interface becomes visible, the tabs are neatly listed on the screen’s tops, with diminutive previews of the webpage on every tab. There is also a button designed for adding a new tab located in the top-right corner and at the screen’s bottom, the navigational buttons and address bar are shown. In addition, the following are the navigational buttons included: back button for navigating to the preceding page, refresh button for reloading active page, pin button for creating new shortcut tile for the page on the start screen, and an icon with a wrench-like shape which opens the menu of Internet Explorer 10.0.6.
- Flip Ahead – This feature works in both the desktop and Metro versions of the browser. It enables users to move through articles spanning several search results and pages that come with a “next page” button. This is turned off by a default as the browsing history of a user is sent to Microsoft to give the feature. In accordance with Windows SuperSite, Microsoft has claimed that other websites may have to be updated to ascertain that it will work flawlessly.
Now, you already know what the latest version of Internet Explorer has in store.