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Microsoft shows off Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 Metro

Way ahead of Google and Mozilla for now
Thu Mar 15 2012, 16:16

SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft has talked up its Internet Explorer 10 web browser in the Metro user interface, saying it improves web browsing based on touch input.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 will ship with the firm's Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft is pushing it as a web browser that works well in touchscreen environments.

The company's latest Internet Explorer 10 preview showed off its tile based user interface, which closely resembles Internet Explorer on Windows Phone.

Microsoft was also keen to say that Internet Explorer 10 is part of the Window 8 'Metro style experience', meaning it has heavy integration with other Metro applications through its use of 'Snaps' and 'Charms'. Snaps allow users to divide up screen real estate by having multiple Metro applications automatically snap to each other, while Charms are buttons that are consistent through Metro applications.

As for security, Microsoft claims Internet Explorer 10 will benefit from Windows 8 to provide an 'enhanced protected mode', which it said will provide better isolation between tabs. Changes to Inprivate browsing mode mean particular tabs can be in private browsing mode while others remain in normal mode.

Both Google and Mozilla have said they are working on Metro versions of Chrome and Firefox. However with Microsoft already showing off a working prototype of Internet Explorer 10 it looks like the two firms have a lot of work to do if they are to catch up with Microsoft before it releases Windows 8 near the end of the year. µ


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