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:
- 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.