Microsoft details IE10 on Windows 8, delivers platform preview 3

By Tom Warren, on 14th Sep 11 7:23 pm with 33 Comments

Microsoft delivered a platform preview 3 build of Internet Explorer 10 on Tuesday.

The software giant detailed its work with Internet Explorer 10 which is the core browser of Windows 8. Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 3 is available within the latest developer preview of Windows 8. Microsoft has created a unique new Metro experience for Internet Explorer 10 inside Windows 8 but fully supports the standard desktop interface too. Despite the separation, it’s clear that Microsoft feels the Metro style interface is the best experience for Internet Explorer 10 users.

“While building the entirely new Metro style experience, a funny thing happened: we realized it might just be a better way to browse even if you have a big screen, a desktop computer, and a mouse and keyboard,” said Microsoft’s Internet Explorer chief Dean Hachamovitch in a blog post on Wednesday. Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 3 inside Windows 8 runs two very separate experiences on the same engine, powered by the new improvements in IE10:

  • Performance. Metro style IE has the same industry-leading performance as IE on the desktop. This includes full hardware acceleration of graphics, video, and audio, compiled JavaScript, and new layout and formatting engine optimizations for touch responsiveness.
  • Safety. Metro style IE also has the same industry-leading security, privacy, and reliability features as IE on the desktop. This includes SmartScreen, XSS filtering, and InPrivate browsing.
  • HTML5. Metro style IE delivers the same commitment to a richer HTML5 web programming model as IE on the desktop. At BUILD, we introduce new support for CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, IndexedDB, Web Sockets, HTML5 File APIs, HTML5 History, hyphenation, CSS Transitions and Animations, and HTML5 Application Cache, in addition to the other new features previously shown in IE10 Platform Previews.

“We see new opportunities to move the web forward as a result of this new browser experience,” says Hachamovitch. “There is work ahead with site developers to take full advantage of it. Touch is very important, and so is the immersive experience. The opportunities here are huge, given how much time people spend on the web today.”

Hachamovitch also calls out pessimists who may criticise Microsoft for its “two browsers” approach. “There’s only one browsing engine, which you can use with two different “skins”, he says. The message from Microsoft for Internet Explorer 10 Metro or desktop is “browse where you’re comfortable.”

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 platform preveiew 3 build is only available inside Windows 8, for now. The company previously delivered platform preview 2 in June and has revealed that the final version of Internet Explorer 10 will only be available for Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft confirmed in April that it has no plans to offer IE10 to Vista or Windows XP users. Future platform previews of Internet Explorer 10 will be made available every 8-12 weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garfbradaz Gareth Bradley

    No WebGL support yet tho :(

    • IE & Opera FanBoy

      There are alternates for WebGL.  
      Flash, SilverLight can do this better. Try writing a game using WebGL and try to the same with C#-Silverlight. The later would be easier & faster. I’m not big fan of WebGL.  

    • Test1ngi23

      WebGL setup is pretty easy though. Just type:

      var context = document.getElementById(‘my-canvas-element’).getContext(‘webgl’);
      context.viewportWidth = 800;
      context.viewportHeight = 600;

      …and you’re ready to go! It’s easier than creating a new Flash or Silverlight project, and A LOT cheaper too!

    • Aaron

      Yeah, creating a new Silverlight project is hard as hell for me.  I have to open Visual Studio and select to “Create new project”.  Wish MS would make it simpler. /s

      Some of us are not stuck developing with notepad.

    • Test1ngi23
    • Test1ngi23
    • Anonymous

      Visual Studio Express edition?

    • Test1ngi23

      … doesn’t natively support creating Silverlight projects.

    • Anonymous

      http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/install.aspx?appid=silverlight4tools;silverlight4toolkit;riaservicestoolkit

      You need Visual Web Developer 2010 Express and then download the Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010

      It’s all free!!!

    • Aaron

      If you are a professional developer, your company ought to be willing to purchase your dev tools.  If you are an amature developer, then you can just use VS Express.  Stop trying to find reasons to say Silverlight is hard when it isn’t.

    • Test1ngi23

      I’m not saying Silverlight is hard. I’m just saying WebGL is easier.

    • Anonymous

      lol

    • Anonymous

      lol

    • Test1ngi23
    • Aaron

      Yeah, creating a new Silverlight project is hard as hell for me.  I have to open Visual Studio and select to “Create new project”.  Wish MS would make it simpler. /s

      Some of us are not stuck developing with notepad.

    • http://adrielsonlinedomain.com/technology Adriel Dennis Mingo

      WebGL is insecure and run by OpenGL which is a MS DirectX competitor. 

    • http://adrielsonlinedomain.com/technology Adriel Dennis Mingo

      WebGL is insecure and run by OpenGL which is a MS DirectX competitor. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought MSFT said IE10 won’t support WebGL due to its(GPU hack?) vulnerablity?

    • Anonymous

      I thought MSFT said IE10 won’t support WebGL due to its(GPU hack?) vulnerablity?

    • john

      You say that like its a bad thing….

    • phil jay

      There is a reason. WebGL is ugly and much to low level. I don’t wan’t C apis on JS. Also, its insecure

    • phil jay

      There is a reason. WebGL is ugly and much to low level. I don’t wan’t C apis on JS. Also, its insecure

  • Anonymous

    Very clean and intuitive interface, very nice.  Can’t wait to try it firsthand and see if there are any features/functions that don’t lend themselves to this interface, but it seems like they have things covered pretty well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

    I like it. Much smoother than IE9 on my TouchSmart. Still needs double-tap zoom-in/zoom-out though…

    • Henrik

      IE9 on Windows Phone uses this, so I’m pretty sure IE10 will have it too ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Can you have two tabs open at the same time in the side by side view?

  • Ray Stevens

    I’m using it, but unfortunately it doesn’t have Flash support so I downloaded IE9 for use on the desktop UI.

  • Ray Stevens

    I’m using it, but unfortunately it doesn’t have Flash support so I downloaded IE9 for use on the desktop UI.

    • Anonymous

      The metro version of IE 10 will not support flash or any plug-ins including but not limited to ActiveX and among others. That’s where the desktop version comes in.

      I actually like this change, for the best of the web too.
      Here’s the link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/14/metro-style-browsing-and-plug-in-free-html5.aspx

    • Alique Williams

      I was really looking forward to becoming a Silverlight developer. I guess i’ll have to change my near future plans. Html5 is much less efficent than both flash and silverlight in the Windows environment. So why ditch them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618268197 Timothy Neinheart

    “Metro style” emphasised.

    Gimmie back me Start menu!!!!

  • phil jay

    this might hide results if you’re actually searching for something different.. it need to be very careful algorithm as I don’t want to miss any results.

  • phil jay

    And their missing again to mention Silverlight, I BET they support SL(natively).