Microsoft has detailed how the upcoming Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 fully embraces the same "Metro" aesthetic as its other new and upcoming products.
Microsoft constructed Internet Explorer
10 in lockstep with Windows 8, according to a new corporate blog posting.
Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8
embraces same Metro design aesthetic that increasingly defines Microsofts
products from Windows 8 to the revamped Xbox dashboard. It has been optimized
for both touch and keyboard-and-mouse input. In doing so, the latest browser
dovetails with Microsofts longtime drive to make Internet Explorers controls
and frame fade into the background, bringing Web content front and center.
With regard to touch, the browser
incorporates many of the gestures familiar to anyone whos ever surfed the Web
on a mobile deviceessential, considering how Microsoft plans for Windows 8 to
appear on tablets and convertible form factors in addition to traditional PCs.
According to a March 13 posting on the Building Windows 8
blog, these gestures include
stick-to-your-finger responsiveness of the touch support for panning and
zooming, swiping back and forward for page navigation, and double tapping to
zoom in and out of content.
Browser features include navigation
tiles (with frequently visited Websites, alongside ones the user has pinned to
the Windows 8 Start screen), a Metro-style tab switcher that accompanies open
tabs with thumbnail images, and a navigation bar with auto-complete and other
Microsoft has also built the browser to
take advantage of the Windows snap feature, which lets users link two apps
together; for example, if one wants to cruise the Web while simultaneously
checking email. A set of charms along the right-side rail offers access to
the default search engine, the ability to share links and Web info, and so on.
Security measures include XSS
filtering, application reputation, InPrivate browsing, tracking protection, and
hang detection and recovery.
Microsoft is ramping up Windows 8 for
its final release sometime in late 2012. The upcoming operating system features
a Start screen of colorful, touch-friendly tiles linked to applications, the
better to operate on tablets. While its hardware partners manufacturing plans
remain largely unclear, rumors this week suggested that Nokia plans on
launching a Windows 8 tablet sometime in the fourth quarter of the year,
complete with a 10-inch screen and Qualcomm dual-core chipset.
In the quest for tablet-market
supremacy, Windows 8 tablets will face not only Apples iPadcurrently the
dominant device in the spacebut a legion of Google Android devices.
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