Microsoft Makes Internet Explorer 11 Touch-Capable for a Mobile World

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-06-27 Print this article Print

5. Full touch functionality

Internet Explorer 11 is also fully optimized for touch-screen use. With that functionality, users can pan and zoom in on a page, as well as use gestures to go back to a previously viewed site. A forward swipe will deliver users to a new site. The touch functionality is a nice addition.

6. Who needs all those tabs?

Don’t worry about running out of tabs on Internet Explorer 11: Each and every window opened is capable of handling 100 tabs. In other words, users will never run into a limit on open tabs.

7. A nice look at favorites

Favorites have long been a key component in browsers and with Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft has tried to update that concept by allowing for users to view their favorite photos in a live tile-like setup. In other words, the company’s Favorites menu is taking on the look and feel of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Will that be a good thing?

8. Full HTML5 video support is included

Microsoft hasn’t always been the most willing to accept open Web standards. However, in Internet Explorer 11, the company will fully support HTML5 video without the need for additional plug-ins. That might not seem like a major advance to those who have been using Chrome and Firefox, but for Internet Explorer users, that’s a big deal.

9. Enhanced Web graphics handling

Furthermore, Microsoft announced that its browser will do a much better job of handling Web graphics. Thanks to that enhancement, the videos and games that users run in the browser should work more smoothly and deliver an all-around better experience.

10. A new-look app to emerge?

Microsoft has enhanced by a wide margin the company’s Web application developer tools. By doing so, developers can create a live tile-like view of their Web pages. Each tile can also tie in particular new content from their sites. It’s not clear how that’ll be implemented just yet, but if done correctly, it might come in handy for some uses.

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