Internet Explorer 10: Top 10 Things to Look For
Microsoft released the first preview release of its Internet Explorer 10 browser in April 2011 at its MIX11 conference in Las Vegas. That release ran on Windows 7. Microsoft delivered a second IE10 release for Windows 7, but subsequent releases targeted Windows 8. IE10 expands on IE9 functionality in regards to CSS3 support, hardware acceleration and HTML5 support. On Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 provides one Web platform that supports two browsing experiences: Internet Explorer in the new Windows UI that is optimized for touch devices, and the familiar browsing experience of Internet Explorer for the desktop. By understanding the differences between the two, developers can use the same HTML5 markup to build rich, interactive Websites that will run in both experiences on Windows 8, Microsoft said. On Nov. 13, Microsoft released a new preview version of its Internet Explorer 10 browser for Windows 7. With the IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7, consumers can now enjoy a fast and fluid Web with the updated IE10 engine on their Windows 7 devices, Rob Mauceri, Microsoft's group program manager for Internet Explorer, said in a blog post. The release preview of IE10 on Windows 7 is now available for download. "With this release preview, Windows 7 customers receive all of the performance, security and under-hood changes that enable a stellar Web experience," Mauceri said. "IE10 Release Preview also sends the 'Do Not Track' signal to Websites by default to help consumers protect their privacy." He also noted that IE10 shines on Windows 8, and with this release preview, IE10 brings the same powerful HTML5 engine to Windows 7 customers. This eWEEK slide show examines some things you should look for in IE10.
Perfect for Touch
A lot of browsers work with touch, but Microsoft contends that IE10 is the first one built for touch. IE10's new UI works easily with a finger (or all 10 fingers), and delivers full multitouch support, and innovative features like Flip Ahead, which anticipates the next page of an article, and allows users to scroll to it with the flick of their finger.