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Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1 teased in hands-on video

IE11 Hands-on

Windows Phone 8.1 is an upcoming update from Microsoft for the mobile platform. The release itself is billed as a major improvement for Windows Phone owners, also addressing many complaints from consumers who have yet to pick up a device. Internet Explorer 11 is the next step for Microsoft's popular web browser, introducing numerous new features.

A video has been published with some hands-on footage of IE11 in action.

One of the first things you'll notice in the footage is the inclusion of both the 'stop' and 'refresh' buttons within the address bar. If you're familiar with the reader mode in Safari for iOS, you'll welcome a similar addition to Internet Explorer for Windows Phone. This feature enables users to read through content on websites without additional clutter.

It's possible to configure the Reader settings and alter both text size and reading views - choices include bright, light, medium and dark.

Password management is something that's also absent from the current version of Internet Explorer for Windows Phone. According to UnleashThePhones, this will be included in IE11. A setting for websites to remember passwords can be viewed in both the video and screenshots below.

"It just seems faster."

We're familiar with the above saying when it comes to Windows Phone and app updates, but we're certain the IE11 upgrade will be a much improved experience over what consumers are currently enjoying. So far, everything looks like Microsoft is moving in the right direction.

IE11 WP 8.1

Here are some other highlights from what we know about IE11:

  • JavaScript and HTML for app development
  • Upload files through Internet Explorer 11
  • Tabs now show up individually in multi-task window
  • WebGL and Normal mapping support
  • YouTube Player including HTML5 video support

Are you excited for Internet Explorer 11 in Windows Phone 8.1, or do you feel as though the web browser still lacks some extra magic? Let us know your thoughts, as well as what you'd like Microsoft to add to IE.

Source: UnleashThePhones

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I'm just excited for 8.1 period

Micah Dawson says:

I'm just glad wpcentral is back to WINDOWS PHONE news period after the last couple of days.

TechBizJP says:

Hell yeah.. But seriously, Nokia android is no where near the almighty Lumia 520.

 

OsamaAdam98 says:

Nokia X isn't even as good as Asha, And I thought Touchwiz was ugly.

Have you tried both Asha and X? I admittedly can't muster all the facts, but I have feeling that Asha was struggling. I do not like the fact that X has Android but compared to Asha, it stands a better chance as a device.

Wish they could offer WP 8.1 for free to all X users later this year.

Simon Tupper says:

The best thing about the video is the speed at which IE11 makes recommendations as you type. Currently IE is slow as hell.

I think it depends on the speed of ur internet connection.

OMG55 says:

Some people don't understand technology, but your are correct

Cormango says:

Maybe, but it's slow as hell on WiFi or LTE for me. The video looks much fatser than my 920. That's probably one of my biggest annoyances with IE. I was previously an iPhone user and the history or suggestions was pretty much instant.

jhoff80 says:

Not true.  It depends on how large your browser history is.  If you clear the history it loads drastically faster.

The languages dictionaries are significantly larger and fuzzy search works on them drastically faster to suggest words against the keyboard hits.

Only if IE team decided to work closely with WP team. But first they need to acknowledge bugs on their issue tracker (MS Connect). More than 50% of reported bugs are closed with status; By Design or Won't Fix.

Also, WebGL is at 0.9 (or 0.9.2) in IE11 while other browsers are at 1.0.2 and experimenting with 1.0.3.

They need a new, extremely proactive, head for IE; to catch up with the pace of rapidly changing web technologies! Perhaps, someone like Herb Sutter from VC Team. 8-)

pavvento says:

I hope it stays, it could be due to a small history. When I clear my history the recommendations are super fast, then it slows down over time.

Simon Tupper says:

I hope so. I don't want to have to clear my history too often. My gf never cleared her history on her iPhone and it's a lot faster. Idk why

mobilejk says:

Bring it already!

mspace81 says:

Me too! 8.1 is very much needed....I'm hoping they really bring it with 8.1 if they do, then Windows may be my next daily driver device...right now I have a note 3 and really enjoy it, so I'll have to find something comparable and it's not about the size, but functions I can do with my note. I'm just getting bored with Android, iOS, and blackberry. I use a lot of Google products, but can manage some things differently if I have what I want in other areas too. I have a Nokia 520 and it's OK, but improvements are definitely welcomed and needed.

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iamprv says:

Can we download files from IE11

rodneyej says:

You can do that in IE9 for WP, as long as they are supported.. More file support is somthing that WP8.1-0xxxx needs.

U can even download unsupported file in WP8.1. It will be saved to 'DOWNLOADS' folder.

DennisvdG says:

Stop it already lol

Tafsern says:

It seems slower?..

twentythreee says:

first time this comment actually makes sense :D

montel22 says:

I know right, not outlook.com but Gmail lol.

Yeah, I rolled my eyes when he went to Gmail, I exited the video when he opened the New York Times. LOL

wonder1070 says:

Sounds like a good thing to me. Hopefully it opens downloads faster and more easily.

frostieDE says:

I really like the new page transitions and the transition when a picker page opens. Besides, I really like the cancel/reload button within the url field. Especially when the button on the left handsite is for opening the "tabs" page, the new cancel/reload button will save time :)

twentythreee says:

Already noticed this too, page transitions are awesome!

DreadVenom says:

Hopefully the update will let me use this site:
http://www.benmidi.com/gameboy/

Witness says:

There is a Gameboy emulator in the Store, y'know. VBA8, VGBC comes to mind, even though those are the later generations of the GB.

DreadVenom says:

I have that emu, still cant deny full html5 support is a bummer.

reprod3 says:

I love to see these new features coming down to us. It really excites me about the platform. I do wish they could come quicker but I know there are loads of regression testing that need to be done for every small change that is introduced within the OS.

Good job MS, keep them coming! I would love to see WP hit the 10% market share mark.

vinca andrei says:

I know IE is fast, but why must be the ugliest and most difficult to use web browser?

Micah Dawson says:

Why is it ugly and difficult to use to you?

vinca andrei says:

Look at Opera Mobile. I don`t know for sure what opera is doing for android, but I`m speaking about Symbian version. It`s much more user friendly. Even firefox (mobile) looks better.

montel22 says:

How is IE ugly and difficult?

x I'm tc says:

I don't know about ugly, but it is quite difficult.  Have you tried Firefox on Android?  Really blows IE away.

kurotsuki says:

That ugliness is relative to any person. As for me, I call it simplicity, and for me, simplicity simply the best. Now, the difficult part... Well ... this also relative to any person. Since I can easily adapting to use any UI, I can't even see the difference Firefox (on Android), Opera (on symbian), Chrome (on Android), Safari (on iOS) and this IE in term of usage. They just work like I want to. That might just me though. Different people has different trait afterall :)

rodneyej says:

If you think that anything on WP is difficult then.............

rodneyej says:

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kjnoel says:

Placeholder. Lmao.

rajantiwari says:

How can you prove its authenticity ?
I don't find that legitimate because they say Windows Phone 8.1 has some tweaked keyboard like swiftkey or swype and many more things which contradicts both videos that you've featured recently on Windows Phone 8.1

Chef316 says:

He just hasn't shown those features yet...

abhishake620 says:

they just did not use that style while typing , trust me it doesnt get any real than this .... normal typing of letters is still supported ... go watch other videos of them you will see they are legit .  

rajantiwari says:

I've watched all of their videos on Windows Phone 8.1 but still don't find them legitimate.

These guys vet their information before posting.

mjfadaway says:

It was videoshopped

meddyrainzo says:

The guy that made the video also has a video with the swiftkey or whatever it's called. You have to choose if you want to use swiftkey or not...I don't get what is being contradicted or maybe I'm missing the point of your comment

rajantiwari says:

I too think it was videoshopped. Its easier to do that than to actually leak it from Microsoft.

ymcpa says:

Not everyone likes swype. Some choose to use the keyboard the regular way.

Cormango says:

Different builds.

Users are more familier with the Reader mode in Win8.1 rather than Safari in iOS.

MrA2Z says:

Support for flash player?

truly_sk says:

Die flash player die...jj¬_¬....but seriously just die!

Xaphoon148 says:

Yes, flash must diiiie...
Only old websites from the 80's still using flash.

kurotsuki says:

Just die already .... The Flash I mean ... Eh ... wait ... If Flash died, Justice League will lost one member. How sad :D

Support for Flash is not the issue, Flash no longer supporting ANY mobile is the problem.

aitt says:

Yet it has no issues running on RT which is also ARM based. And if the kernals are so close between RT and WP, why is MS not able to make it work as well on WP. Outdated or not it still exist and not all players on sites have been switch to HTML5. Having the option available was something I always loved on Android and now enjoy on RT with certain sites.

Credo93 says:

I don't agree, Flash on my Surface 2 is awfull ... Sometimes it does work, sometimes it doesn't work at all, and the load times are really slow, and yes i have a fast internet connection ;-)

Its just not support anymore, period.
Don't believe me? Cool, I wouldn't either... but go to Adobe's website and they'll say the same thing.

neyaldrich says:

I don't know much about the topic so I'd appreciate any insight in the matter.

Was Apple's idea of getting rid of Flash a way to "force" mobile content to be provided mostly by apps, hence creating this app market and making it really difficult for new competitors OSs to enter the smartphone game, because if there were good content with flash what most new OSs would have to do is support it and then they become a viable alternative, but as of now they have this lack of apps so they can't really compete.

That's what I belive.

ymcpa says:

No, the idea was to switch everything to HTML5. Originally, Steve Jobs didn't want apps. He thought everything should run on teh web. Obviously, HTML5 isn't ready for that yet. The other Apple employees had to convince him to implement an app store and the rest is history. I believe this was reported in the Steve Jobs biography book that was published after his death.

neyaldrich says:

Oh that's interesting, I guess I'll have to read Jobs biography, but last time I saw there were a few books, do you kow which one is the original?

Flash takes up to many resources, making it a battery & processor hog. That is why most platforms have looked for alternatives, but why Adobe decided to no longer support mobile themselves... I have no idea.

rpm5101 says:

I agree, flash should die. However there are times where I wish I had it because I can't watch a certain video (wimp.com).

DavidinCT says:

Even though I agree flash needs to die there are some "video" sites that use flash, I know Youtube does on some videos and we are able to play them, I wish there was something that would make flash sites work....

 

www.liveleak.com comes to mind.... News leak sites with uncut footage in most cases.

cindawinda says:

Switch to chrome?

truly_sk says:

But yeah we should have that option! I'm not at war with google, if I want chrome running on windows why shouldn't I have that?

Nik Rolls says:

All it takes is for Google to build it.

kaostt says:

Just because.

cannon#WP says:

Because you'll be exiled from the comments by users for claiming to like anything google.

I'm very excited for the reader mode.  I just wish you could have the option of displaying the content in a page mode, instead of a looooong list of text. 

truly_sk says:

I'm excited about uploading files from I.E! :) important feature to that we shouldn't have missed in the first place. Have my fingers crossed for a first class all-round Internet experience that the current version ain't really providing atm.

Hoping we'll get an option to set a default browser! In fact a default everything.

Nik Rolls says:

Yeah, it's pretty handy. Though consider even Safari didn't have it until iOS6.

truly_sk says:

Well I'd like to think M.S has a better excuse for a basic feature being drop than that if I'm being honest... They've been in there industry for a while! To they burn down everything windows mobile..stuff include when they introduced its successor?

Nik Rolls says:

Not an excuse, just sayin'.

vkelkar says:

Not aware what the manage storage option does and delete browsing history should give more options including clearing cache, passwords,recent history with user selection....

Micah Dawson says:

I think that helps with the other storage maybe that has been an issue for windows phone devices. I'm not sure though.

Nik Rolls says:

Nope. It manages the space taken up by websites that store data on your phone. Usually ones like web apps and games that download and cache resources locally.

Micah Dawson says:

I thought that also was part of the other storage as well. I remember when people were complaining about it and mentioning internet browser storage being an issue with it.

Nik Rolls says:

Yes but it's tiny, too insignificant to make a difference to Other storage.

vkelkar says:

But if we play a video that takes up space locally so that should be shown under manage storage... It doesn't and i have to delete entire browsing data to clear up space

pookiewood says:

Sorry but it doesn't "seem faster" to me. I'd like to see comparisons with IEMobile 10 on another same specked phone.

tylerfarm says:

I hope the address bar will minimize off the screen and will only appear if you flick it up or turn it on in settings like windows 8.1

Chef316 says:

Watch the video again...it disappears and pops back up when he does certain actions

Onager1286 says:

It only disappears when he's in Reading Mode.  I'd also like for it to disappear when scrolling normally too.

Chef316 says:

Had fun reading the comments on the video...people telling unleashthephones he/they should have showed this feature or that feature when he has already showed those features in other videos...

Open in Background tab, please!!! For me, pleeease?

Zsxd says:

Yes, Jesus it is so annoying!

eddlang says:

You missed a big highlight:  It's now possible to delete the browsing history without deleting passwords.

AskaLangly says:

What I want is deleting cache without deleting cookies.

Go back and forward arrows are missing since the first version. I know i can go back with the back arrow on the phone , but what about going forward.

donebrasko says:

You can't go back if you go home and then go back to ie. It keeps taking you back to home screen

rcballa12 says:

Forward can be done with Menu>Recent

radde says:

Back and forth you say? here you go: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

You are welcome. Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

milfermon21 says:

I think I'll keep waiting an Opera browser for wp, after all, Internet Explorer is just....well, Internet Explorer

Nik Rolls says:

Which is what? Internet Explorer is not like it used to be, so what don't you like about it?

Yeah, people outside of the "new Windows" fold still make fun of IE, and I can't see why anymore. It is really snappy actually. Granted, I want my browser to be simple, without all the extra add-ons.

Thing is, I've never had the troubles with IE that I had with Firefox or Chrome. Even back in the day.

Nik Rolls says:

Ditto. In fact as a web developer I see the inside and out of all the web browsers every day, and I see so many more bugs and inconsistencies in Firefox, Chrome and Safari (especially Chrome and Safari) than I ever have in IE9+.

neyaldrich says:

Yeah I see this everywhere, its like a meme or something. Today IE is not really bad, I'm talking about the desktop version, and the RT version. When I'm on pc I use Firefox mostly because it supports some add-ons I use like greasemonkey, other times i use IE, it renders pages just as good as firefox and is overall safe. What don't use and hope never to, is Chrome, it was good before but now it constantly keeps crashing on site with java and/or flash content. I don't know if it has to do with my hardware but firefox and IE run just fine so I blame Chrome.

truly_sk says:

We're being forced to kiss I.Es' ass here! :'(

Nope, lots of other choices.

Nik Rolls says:

Can you stop saying 'YouTube' player? It gives people the wrong impression, like there's an app coming or something. It's 'HTML5 Video' player.

ortizang says:

To be able to go back!!

radde says:

Swipe the shit out of it: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

You are welcome. Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

donebrasko says:

Will it have a dedicated back and forward button?

radde says:

Nope. But even better: Swipe
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

You are welcome. Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

RodimusMajor says:

All excellent features, but I myself am more excited about the possibility of bookmark/history syncing with the Win 8.1 version, like I've been hearing about around the net lately. If they can get that going, then I can pretty much well and truly banish Chrome from my life.

kaostt says:

Amen to that

in addition to that i would hope they add the ability to sync passwords between platforms

Cristoby says:

So, no full screen mode yet... I guess I'll keep using the WebApps Pro browser.

Credo93 says:

They should add the option to enable an extra arrow for favorites on top of the adress bar, should be awesome if you could scroll easily from left to the right to fast switch between favorites ... Just my opinion, i think i would like that feature.

Readability mode is the greatest. I am so glad it will be for the phone now. It is such a no brainer, especially for a mobile browser.

Not entirely impressed with this change its like regressing back to ie7 id perfer the way it is just with a shorter address bar & maybe have all of that @ the top of the screen instead

cuwe says:

Next leak: Cortana !

truly_sk says:

Am I the only soul who doesn't care about cortana? Just asking ofcoz:)

AskaLangly says:

Uploading through the browser. No file manager. But a great addition!

truly_sk says:

We do get something that works like a file manager, and if with the improved file access I see no reason for third party file managers.... I.E needs a download manager too... I want to be able to download stuff that are not supported by the O.S...but seems to be taken care of if rumors of the other folder are true.

MrVol84 says:

Seems faster. Lol

Any chance getting forward button?

radde says:

Forward you go: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g
You are welcome. Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

Haven't tabs always shown up individually in the multi-task window?

That's how it works now on my phone.

Can anyone tell me whether or not the HID profile be supported on wp8.1????

I just want it to be on par with the Win RT IE 11. Using a device like the 1520 with the current browser if very disappointing.

pookiewood says:

Yeah it was rock solid on my HTC Arrive and started that way on my 920. Now they've screwed something up royally!

cybermoose89 says:

Im curious if it improves on videos played via 11 where right now you cant wind forward and back to your liking on windows phone 8 where as on ios and android you can

LSDigital says:

They are getting there, they just need to keep listening to users.

Now I only wish someone leaks Cortana in video!!! ;)

k00ksta says:

Can this PLEASE sync my favorites and history across my PC/TABLET/PHONE? ...

Also in WP8.1 are we getting more MULTI-TASKING tab/app's to show up or is it still limited?

bear999fto says:

Will you be able to view skygo via the new browser?

jinesh24 says:

Incognito mode??????

Anant Anand says:

Where is link to download?

You have to get to 88 mph in your Delorean before you can download it now.

Winnabe says:

While we're atit, why not include the forward button too? I know someone is going to suggest you could just go to the 'Recent' section from settings and access the page but that is a long process. The forward button would be a minor addition, but a major convenience.

monayosh says:

I absolutely agree. I can't believe no one in the v comments section has brought this issue up. It's ludicrous that Microsoft failed to incorporate something so simple. At the end of the day it's the entire user experience that matters. WP needs polish or it can't compete.

radde says:

It looks like as if you might be able to go forward and backwards by swiping: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

TJWINS says:

We need option for the user to allow or not allow pop up blocking. My bank uses a pop up to pay bills and I can't pay bills on my Lumia 920 because block pop ups are forced without an option to allow pop ups. Very annoying

Rod Hull says:

Does that jaunty music play all the time that IE11 is running? I hope so!

iamprv says:

R u sure @salman mansuri

eruptflail says:

Still hoping we can set a default browser, because UC Browser destroys IE even in it's 11th iteration. 

I'm not impressed with UC, I've downloaded and deleted it almost everytime it has been updated.

vw1610 says:

It either needs gesture support like windows 8 or forward and back buttons. I hate the WP back button. Its so hard to figure out when I'm switching between apps

peachy001 says:

I hope they fix it so that some websites operate better. Sometimes I try and click on a menu item and it opens the menu but does not hold it open. So I cannot select the next option.

rjohn05 says:

I want the ability to add a special meta tag to a web app that allows it to run like a full screen native app when accessed by IE11 on WP

i need this update , Microsoft is actually listening to user feedback :D

morbility says:

Love the separate display of tabs for the task screen, saves an extra step :) also the ability to upload files, do we know if its just limited to images though?

Ali Assaedi says:

-ffs, add a rotation lock plz already :S , im tired of disabling the rotation everytime i open IE(to protrait), and renabling it everytime i open the gallery/camera(add a permenant landescape option for the camera too, Nokia).

- no text alighment either, hmm, i've read somewhere(i think in the UC browser forum), that  its an OS issue, pretty slow in WP8... i hoped WP8.1 would ammend that, but alas, no news so far :(

- no forward button yet? (cant remember :D )

 

radde says:

That feature, rotation lock, you will be able to pin to the action center and access it anywhere you want.

Also in regards to the forward thingy: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

kitelessd says:

Great news. IE11 is my main browser on Windows. So fast and very compliant.

jailman says:

+1320 can't wait for WP 8.1

gandhirushi says:

Why can't MS incorporate a simple feature of single tap to top of the page? I'm pretty sure its not rocket science. It takes freakin' forever to scroll all the way back to top if you're reading a long article. I totally love this feature in iOS...

monigal2 says:

Any improvement is good, thanks!

nickros182 says:

Awesome!!....NOW ADD A FREAKING BACK BUTTON!!!!

radde says:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

jailman says:

They need to release ie as a standalone app so we can receive updates plzz

immortalmatt says:

I just wish Microsoft would get rid off all this black. The reader mode looks nice but its just black everywhere. Go into WP settings and its black, loads of apps, black. It needs to look bright and contemporary in my opinion.

Can you open new tabs in the background? This is my number new feature hope for IE 11.

PeterFnet says:

Wonder if the passwords will be saved to the cloud. That would be amazing!

Mykel Wilson says:

I would love a dedicated "back" button for the browser. The hardware back button always closes the browser.

Mykel Wilson says:

It's crazy that after this long no one at Microsoft has said hey we're missing a dedicated back button for our browser lets throw that in there, it might be useful. Lol

radde says:

Maybe we were heard after all: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

koenshaku says:

In other news MS still believes a forward button in a smartphone browser is meaningless..

radde says:

Try this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

Though I am not sure abut authenticity of this feature.

Credo93 says:

Microsoft, when we are in the favorites page, please ensure we can see the website's favicon inside a small little tile!

MikeSo says:

It was always a mystery to me why IE was such a barebones browser in WP. It must have been a conscious decision to make it so. Glad it's fixed, either way.

apocacrux says:

As long as I can have more than six tabs at a time then I'll be very happy.

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braandon says:

I really really found the back/forward swipe gestures handy in Safari on iOS7, as well as the pages being there instantly when you swipe - no refreshing.

radde says:

I would think they implemented just that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

It remains to be confirmed. Maybe WP Central could verify?

marky_yo says:

What about the back button and going forward once you close the browser and reopen it? One thing I still dislike about IE how if I reopen it and hit the back button it sends me to my home screen.

radde says:

They might eventually implemented back and forward actions through swiping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwwSXBfuj7g

It remains to be confirmed. Maybe WP Central could verify?

elderjlward says:

COOL! Looks good. I like the transition animation, sort of flipping page. (Nice use of music for presentation too) Windows Phone 8.1 seems to be shaping up rather nicely. The real test is going to be CORTANA! Why Cortana Must Be Revolutionary - A Cautionary Tale - "Recess is Over - http://jltechword.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/why-windows-phone-8-1-particu...

SwimSwim says:

A very good (if incredibly long) read. Thanks for sharing ,and he brings up some good points. Cortana MUST be revolutionary, the biggest piece of smartphone innovation since the iPhone, if Microsoft is to truly reassert themselves in the mobile market place. If they fail, then Microsoft is doomed to remain a niche player, or worse, go the way of Blackberry.

C'mon Cortana, we're all counting on you!

elderjlward says:

@SwimSwim Thanks. :-) I'm rooting foe Cortana. Hoping its going to be AWESOME! I really believe it needs to be. I actually opened up a forum topic on this entitled -THE NEXT BIG THING: Microsoft's Cortana vs Apple's and Samsung's Move on Health. Check it out folks!
http://forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8-1/266878-next-big-thing-micr...

SwimSwim says:

No InPrivate? And what about support for Kid's Corner? I want both of these features so I can safely give my phone to someone, let them browse the web, yet not worry about them being able to log into my accounts, and not have their passwords saved to my phone either.

Still, looks awesome, and I can overlooked this: due to how awesome Windows Phone 8.1 is as a whole. :)

ebradley says:

AT&T will get it just before WP9. (speculation)

Grimlock says:

I really want full screen mode

klz712 says:

Will it support flash ???

Zsxd says:

I just hope we will finally be able to select Google as our default browser...

freshfelicio says:

I'm hugely disappointed. I was expecting it to be like the (awesome) Metro IE on Windows 8.1. With favourites showing up when you tap the adress bar. With going forward / backward by swiping. With hiding the adress bar. Adding websites to Reading List, and let that sync with Windows 8.1. Syncing bookmarks, passwords, tabs, etc with Windows IE in general. What do we get? HTML5 support, a reload button and a reading mode. Really Microsoft? Thats all you can bring up after 2 years of development?!

ntice_521 says:

Probably Metro IE wouldn't fit comfortably on 512MB phones.

usman567 says:

I can't wait for Wp8.1 !

Time to Microsoft give freedom to Windows Phone users choose their browser! I Love IE Mobile, but limiting the engine to Trident just destroys real competition and leaves certain issues to all customers which are locked to the same Browser, and that could be avoided in other options! And all have the right to use what they want, its not Microsoft fault if a Android user now in WP prefers Chrome. They got to listen to the user majority, not only to the fans and fanboys which Are not the market!

Moustache321 says:

Just one big thing: will it be able to handle dropdown lists? The biggest problem with ie10

Richard_Indy says:

A forward and back button please ??

jhoff80 says:

This is my first and only real disappointment with the leaks we've been hearing.  I get that this is a leaked build and might not always be representative of the finished product... the problem is that Windows Phone IE has an absolutely terrible UI.  I'm not sure who came up with the fact that you can only have a single button on the address bar, or that you can't easily go back or forward a page (and the capacitive back button doesn't count, because depending on where you are in a stack that can bring you to the previous app), but they should be fired immediately, and this interface needs to be trashed.  It's just really, really bad.

 

They already have the right interface framework to go with in Windows 8 / RT Metro IE.  Sure, some things would have to be tweaked for a phone-sized display, but it's a far better starting point than the current UI.  Keeping it the same as how it currently is in WP8 is just terrible for one of the most important stock apps in a modern smartphone.

 

 

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