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Check out these 8 new kickass features in IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1

You can now get your hands on Windows Phone 8.1 thanks to the Preview for Developers program. You’re going to notice a lot of changes after you upgrade from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 8.1. We’re going to go over some of the new features in Internet Explorer 11 and why we love them.

Here are the headline grabbing features that are new to IE11.

  1. Pin websites as Live tiles
  2. Inline video         
  3. InPrivate mode  
  4. Unlimited tabs   
  5. Save passwords
  6. Synced tabs and favorites
  7. Reading mode
  8. Swiping left and right to go back or forward

Those are some awesome features, but now we’ll jump in and clarify/expand what’s new and special about them. Here we go.

1. Pin websites as Live tiles

Like on Windows 8.1, you can now pin websites as Live tiles on Windows Phone 8.1. It’s of course up to the web master of a particular site to really support this awesome feature. Pro tip: Our site supports this and is a good way to test out this feature. Just go to wpcentral.com in IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1 and pull up the menu. Select ‘pin to Start ‘and you’ll now have a Live tile that you can resize. It’ll also dynamically update to reflect new content from that site. Pretty cool right?

2. Inline video

Inline Video IE11

Another feature that will shine on sites like YouTube is the ability to support inline video on webpages. Now you can click a video embedded in a page and have it play without automatically going full screen. You can even keep videos playing under the Lock screen when it’s like this. Want to read more about the improved HTLM5 and inline video support in IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1? Check out our detailed post on it.

3. InPrivate mode

Here’s a fun new feature for when you want to visit the nefarious side of the web. InPrivate mode is a browsing session in Internet Explorer that doesn’t leave a trace of your activity. It’s very handy if others frequently access your phone and there are some certain websites that you don’t want them to know you visited. Whether it’s an adult-themed website or secret gift shopping, InPrivate mode is for you. Cookies, temporary Internet files, history and other data won’t be found after using InPrivate browsing.

4. Unlimited tabs

Raise your hands if the 6 tab limit on Windows Phone 8 drove you mad? We can’t even count the number of times we ran out of tabs in Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8. Internet Explorer 11 and Windows Phone 8.1 introduce an unlimited number of tabs. Just scroll down and you can now handle as many tabs as needed.

5. Synced tabs, favorites and history

Your Microsoft account will sync a handful of useful features between Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Phone 8.1 and IE on Windows 8.1. Tabs, favorites and browsing history will follow you from device to device. It’s a beautiful, cloud-powered world we live in.

6. Save passwords

Passwords for your favorite websites can now be saved on the device. You’ll find this option in the settings for Internet Explorer 11. A very useful feature for those sites you frequently visit and would rather not re-enter the password each time.

7. Reading mode

IE11 Reader Mode

Here’s another feature that Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 borrows from the tablet and desktop versions. The new Reading mode will optimize web pages for reading, assuming the web page supports it. You’ll find a look book icon in your address bar on supported pages. Tap that book icon and you’ll be given reading mode where text and images are displayed in a clean layout without ads, logos or other distractions.

8. Swiping left and right to go back or forward

IE11 Swipe Windows Phone 8.1

Another feature that's really cool that IE11 borrows from Windows 8.1 is the ability to swipe to navigate. You don't have to press the back hardware button if you want to navigate to the previous page. Instead, you can just swipe to the right or left for going forward and backward. Just place your finger down and glide to the left and right with confidence.

Have Windows Phone 8.1? Share your favorite new feature in Internet Explorer 11 down below in the comments!

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Check out these 8 new kickass features in IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1

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What is so lame is that of all the built-in apps, only IE supports file-picker currently. At least they should implement it in the mail app!

Download the "File" app from the windows store to retrieve all downloaded files, rename files, move, copy and delete documents, pictures, etc.

Another tip: Choose the share feature, instead of save, to store saved files in One Drive.

Can anyone confirm if you can now tap on javascript menues to open them? 

In the past, this was not possible, not even in Windows RT, until IE11 was released for Windows

Is it also available in WP8?

did work before in IE10 too IF the website did the right programming (aria-haspopup="true"), no "magic" like on Safari which BTW you cannot even close again. Guess long press like on Desktop IE will work here too, other thing does still work as well

"guess"? I don't need help guessing dude. I can guess myself. Get off your high horse, I don't give a dime about whose fault it is. I want to use my phone to browse most websites, and IE 10 for WP doesn't support most sites with menus and I am not going to ask those thousands of sites to change so that you can feel better.

IE11 for W8 tablets does support those menus now but IE 10 didn't, so fortunately MS ignored the dumb apologizers and listened to users like me. But I don't want to guess if it did for WP8.1

I am looking for the information I asked. If you have fantasies about things crawling up asses, then I don't think you got to the right forum

And I am pretty sure you of all ppl would be able to point me out to the right forum.
I honestly could careless what information you were looking for but talking to someone with that attitude isn't going to get you jack $#!+.
It's easy to cop that attitude here and get away with it but in real life I would break your jaw talking to me like that. Not a threat, not looking for a fight... Just giving you advice - Take it or leave it.

Agree.  Also, pinned websites will be cool... if anyone creates them.  Oh, and saved passwords.

I probably won't use InPrivate browsing so much though, since I prefer my porn on a big screen (lol)... but it's a good feature to have anyway... just in case Cortana decides to get cheeky and start outing our seedy sides. lol

 

it has live tile.  i've turn on the live tile option in the paid app.  and yes it works.  so i won't use the website pinned site.

Yeah its something I've gotten used to with my DV8P. I found myself doing that on my phone with nothing happening. Glad they added it.

@Sam Sabri what of saving files from pages? I save a file from a webpage and can't find it. Where do I look for it?

Ooh mehn....wasn't there when I tried first, I tried again after you said it and voila!! Weird...thanks bro.

oh yeah? Try to advance or go back on a video while playing a video on youtube.... I haven't finished updating to WP8.1 but that feature is NOT very convenient on my Lumia 2520, you just CAN'T do it!! it's very anoying.

That forward and backwards thing sounds good. The reading feature is also welcome, does it reflow, like my old HTC Desire used to?

Yes, it actually takes the content and images and places them into its own Kindle-esque view. The layout of the site is completely removed. Very cool, especially when the site isn't mobile-friendly.

Very cool? Yes and no. I cannot use Reading Mode in my favourite forums, because by removing all formatting, IE11 for WP81 renders text quoted from previous posts exactly the same as text of new posts, so following a conversation becoms a nightmare.

And since there is no text reflow, reading the full page without reading mode requires a lot of zooming and sideways scrolling.

Actually, IMHO, Opera Mobile for Symbian was doing better in this department, despite being now obsolete for many other things.

This may be true. Nevertheless many websites do not have a proper mobile version and text reflow is a handy way to render their content on a non-phablet screen.

Reading mode also breaks the layout. It's a nice feature, but it needs to be tuned in order to work properly with forum threads.

This I a HUGE improvement. It means I can fully update my Wordpress website without having to rely on Autommatic's shoddy excuse for an app.

Is there a way to reach the top of the page without having to, you know, scroll?
Or haveI been missing something all along?

Add a favorite (I title mine something like ".jump to top" -- the punctuation keeps it atop the favorites list) and make the address "javascript:scroll(0,0)" -- no quotes. That will jump you to the top.

OK, that's not earth-shaking enough to win the Internet - but you definitely win this little corner of the Internet today for that, in my opinion.  Thanks!

I have a question, since Nokia still didn't give us Lumia 620 users gdr3 black update, can I directly upgrade to wp8.1?

Skipping GDR3 yes, going straight to 8.1 shouldn't be an issue as the dev program will make sure to push all needed updates (likely including GDR3) before going to the 8.1 update. The Nokia Black firmware however, is a separate thing all together (simply a firmware update unattached to OS updates). So you shouldn't run into an issue not currently having Black and should be able to receive Black whenever Nokia/your carrier rolls that out.

Well just try to update your 620. I was trying to update to 8.1 on mine and when I thought it was installed it ended b up being Lumia black. I updated again and it was WP8.1.

You could pins sites to the start screen in windows phone 8, although I'm not sure if developers could enable live feeds.

Depends on the app. 

I wouldn't call, say, a turn-table iPad plug in (or anything else involving third party hardware), or a Final Draft app, a badly designed website app.  

While this is great, Microsoft always seems to take a step backwards in each update, for example, why oh why did they get rid of the tab number on the button. Argh.

Well that didnt stop them with live tiles, they run off the side when the number gets too big, and who really uses more than 6 tabs on their phone regularly anyway? Perhaps 5%

Yeah, just like in 7.0 which had "forward" and "search in page". Both really useful features they binned for Mango / IE9

"Find on page" was restored in 8.0, and continues to exist in 8.1.  (It's on the "..." menu in IE rather than an independent button, but I'm okay with that.  It's not something I use every day, but when I need it, I NEED it, and its lack in Mango drove me to rolling my own w/ javascript...)

Wow...another huge improvement! Blurring the lines between phone and desktop!
On a separate note, did USB OTG fail to make an appearance? I was really looking forward to that improvement...

Dev preview never has device-specific drivers, so if that's in the OS then I would expect it with the Cyan update.

Thanks for the heads up. Something to look forward to (fingers crossed). I'd love to be able to upload photos and what have you from my camera straight to my Wordpress blog (via the browser uploader). I wouldn't even need to take my laptop.

No. Some sites don't support that. Like a YouTube page. Try going to wpcentral.com and open an article, you'll see it.

You better hope so, otherwise Cortana might ask you, "Would you like me to search for feather ticklers & silver spurs for you today?" lol

Everything about IE 11 is what I have desired. Extremely satisfied with my update! Give me my store back and we are golden!

Scroll to the bottom of the mobile site. There you will see "Full Site". Tap it, then pin it.

Wow these IE changes are killer.  I knew it was a very uninspired version in Windows Phone 8.0 but now in 8.1, I love the swipe reading, reading mode and find on page.  Love it love it.

Off course mislead everyone with showing the glamour of the new features ... While we conveniently push back the things we had in in wp8 ,,, why has the fb chat and the messenger integration from the people hub been removed out. It was a unique feature about the OS and now its give because some over fvked up... These features made the OS stand out from the crowd of other OS out there.. We all need to show Microsoft that all this is needed and for all those who support the OS right from the start it's a big thing.....

You are one of those rebels who cannot stand a change right? Facebook messenger had its own app. Live messenger is replaced by Skype. Both these apps in future updates will get better compared to none updated hubs that were never fixed for two years!!!

Bla bla bla bla

You do realize that since they removed Facebook and Skype messaging from the built-in messaging app your phone will no longer read messages out loud or let you reply using voice only? This is something I use (well, used to use) all the time when driving.

Excited to install the preview for developers. The problem is my phone's lcd is broken. Wp 8.1 looks promising now so the next time im gonna buy a phone i'll still choose a windows phone. Not satisfied with iphone though after using for a while.

Just how good is the support of HTML5 on WP8's IE11? Especially compared to the mobile versions of Chrome and Safari?
And can you finally put pinned website shortcuts in a custom folder?

Oh lord. Major nelson website does not display properly, you would think they would get this bit right. Can't see the Twitter feed or anything on the right of the page. The videos also take up the whole screen.

Thanks! Awesome features! Keep the information and videos coming , because I still don't know about all of the new features!

As someone who prefers to use mobile websites over apps, I am thrilled about the update to IE. It's probably the feature I like the most about WP8.1 compared to WP8.

Also you can change default search engine to google if you prefer. I believe this was a feature outside the USA, but first time I've seen it on Verizon since 8.1.

The synced passwords and tabs, and the autofill function make IE on WP soooo much better. Still would like dedicated forward/back buttons.
 

In other news...Podcast support is superb, and I can now play the FM radio via the speaker! Oh Microsoft, you have delivered! The only issues I have are the lack of updates/customisations for the lock screen. I saw some pretty interesting demos which I thought were WP8.1 (lock screen text running diagonally, along with the ability to skip through a song from the lock screen).
Aside from the lack of lock screen customisations, this is everything I wanted - and more. My 1020 has a whole new lease of life.

IE 11 looks great so far but do web pages still float around all over the place when scrolling? E-mails do it too and it's annoying. Wish the page you are viewing would just lock into place.

How do I force desktop version of a website? I miss desktop view, and rather hate mobile view. Selecting desktop view on settings doesn't seem to help.

Has anyone else on the Developer Preview had issues with inline embedded video in desktop view sites? I had my Lumia 925 screen stuttering and turning off constantly when I tried it on a YouTube video.

Does anybody have problems with sync function? I can add/delete favorites from the phone, but when I do this on PC, the information isn't synced! And the option to open a tab that is on my PC didn't worked also! I can't even delete a folder containing favorite sites. Any help? Thanks

I like the inline videos with scrubbing, but then when you maximize you lose the ability to scrub!  Nooooo!

I was really surprised wen I played the YouTube video above and it keeps playing on the browser!!! IE on WP8.1 is really cool XD

can you help with this? I just can't continue browsing on my phone any tabs that I open on PC! Also if I add/delete any favorite on PC, this change don't update on phone too..Thanks

As much as I love my phone, this browser thing is kinda ridiculous.

I'm a programmer, right? I want to develop all sorts of apps (mostly browser-based) and use lots of frameworks/js' that don't work in IE and I can't do nothing about that. For example most gyro based apps don't work in IE which is kinda ridiculous for 2014 and this 'fresh mobile IE 11'.

I'd LOVE for the IE team to put more work into this product or at least give us the ability to use browsers based on other engines.

I love my Windows Phone, wouldn't change it for anything, but there's still room for improvement.

Still, welcomed features nontheless.

The best to date. I loved the update. Had some problems with the store but they were resolved when I changed my region to the USA. Loving the update....

 

Really like the inline video and a lot of websites works great in the new IE11 browser so lack of native apps for these sites are not as crippling as they used to be. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Yes, and it's driving me nuts. Tried resetting cellular settings to no avail. Then turned on internet sharing and that worked fine, as does email and onedrive, so internet must be working, but Internet Explorer seems to be the problem. Has anybody been able to get past this?

Nokia just updated their Access Point app which fixes this issue.

I fixed it prior to that by removing the proxy ip address and proxy port from my internet APN settings.

Hope this works for you too!

Can anyone please describe the proper working of VPN? And does this update works fine for Lumia 520? I'm ready to install but hesitant cause of rumors about glitches in 520.

Part of it is probably the developer in me speaking, but they made another amazing technical advancement that puts them firmly above browsers on competing platforms:

Full functioning support for position:fixed in css. You know these elements that stick to the frame of your viewport (like headers etc) ... well, on old IE10 they sometimes got stuck, only refreshing their position when the scrolling stopped (usually it happened just once per page, after that it would work fine). That was still a step up from the horrid behavior on mobile Safari and mobile Chrome, but still somewhat of an annoyance.

Well ... they fixed it. Smooth, natural and pixel perfect position:fixed behavior. Even works with the bounceback animation. Never before seen on a mobile browser.

Most features already exist in UC Browser for a long time!
IE is always late :/
and no full possibility to hide address bar? Lame

syncing across devices is actually very nice, but on the list, I have a computer that I no longer use containing a list of tabs - any idea how can I delete them?

Hello everyone, Earlier in IE10, Page used to log out if i open the link in another tab from the home site....is this thing resolved.

 

rgds

Inline videos good feature but can we watch videos switching to full screen? And when I rotate phone, loosing controls..

UC Browser does support inline videos and it handles drop down menus on websites way better than IE11. 

Most of the features mentioned here was already in UC browser. 

All these features are pretty good , except for the swiping , because sometimes you just want to navigate inside a webpage , and you end up going back to the previous page.
I would have prefered a toggle button to turn on/off this gesture commands ...

Having trouble with some websites that show "tap to open" instead of the site. UC Browser opens these sites just fine.

I STILL can't use 99% of all websites that use drop down menus. This is ridiculous. Many peopl esay 'these websites are poorly designed'. Sure, I can understand that. But when half of the internet is doing it 'wrong' then the browser needs to work around that. Every other phone and tablet work with it. Why can't IE touch?!!!!

Reading mode doesn't work for me. When I tap on the icon, blank screen is shown, nothing happens.

Also, advanced IE settings crashes. I'm unable to open it.

Sam, you should plug Bing.com for the live pinning as well. Picture of the day plus trending on reverse side of live tile

I have problems in Youtube, the static images for the video sometimes don't show up, looks like broken videos.

Also, in some videos it doesn't autoplay, it stays as a black screen, have to toogle HQ for the video to start.

I am not seeing all of my Windows 8.1 bookmarks on my Windows Phone. How do I get them to show up on my phone? I have them set to backup on my computer.

Favorites crossover from Phone to Desktop, but not from desktop to phone. In the features link, it says it's not available yet. Also, Amazon's website is finally working properly in the browser.

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