We take a look at Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 IE

Microsoft has just announced the next browser you’ll be using in Windows Phone 8.1. Building off the foundation of Internet Explorer 10 comes Internet Explorer 11. At first glance you might not notice too many new changes to IE 11, but there are plenty of tweaks to give you a better browsing experience. You’ll find InPrivate browsing, improvements in Data Sense, a new reader mode, tabs from IE on other devices and much more. Let’s check out IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1.

We’re really liking the changes Microsoft made with IE 11 in Windows Phone 8.1. Having tabs sync across Internet Explorer in all your devices sounds is a feature we’ve seen implemented before with wonky third-party apps, but having it built it will be very nice.

WP 8.1 IE

InPrivate browsing, reader view and the ability to save passwords are just some of the features we’re looking forward to in IE 11.

What about you? 




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I love how the private tab is browsing Porn Hub...

Rick Smits says:


Micah Dawson says:

that was kind of....shocking that they posted that image lmfao.

dhruv07 says:

What about ability to save games on sd card..?

MikeSo says:

Let's be honest, is there any other common use for InPrivate browsing?

mharr says:

Yes, browsing profiles on LinkedIn without the profile user having your account show up.  Very helpful for avoiding getting on the radar of recruiters.

killachandra says:

for sake of argument we can say banking or other financial activities

Cleavitt76 says:

Yes, although I'm sure 99% of the time it's used for porn.

  • Shopping for x-mas/birthday presents for someone that shares your computer.
  • Looking up info for a personal medical condition or medication.
  • Lunch time personal web browsing (wpcentral for example) on a work laptop so that all of your hobby related web habbits don't show up in a meeting/presentation later.
  • Visiting any website owned by Google (half joking).
  • Hiding your obsession with MyLittlePony.com (ok, I ran out of ideas).


pookiewood says:

HAHA!  Saw that as well!

TiLoBrown says:


Joe920 says:

Showing those InPrivate pages in the 'recent' pages is not so private..  ?

i think because its currently open not because its was a recently open


Richard_Indy says:

They say that once a picture is on the Internet, its real hard to get rid of... Quick someone hit their home button and their camera button on their phone to take a snapshot before its gone... :)

prestonmcole says:

I was just about to post the same thing rofl!!!

AndyGriff says:

That's honesty for you. Not like the "secretly buying a present for the missus" scenario depicted in the IE (8?) TV ads.

iamincred says:

u naughty cock

Hahahahahahh..... And they were saying that wp8 was a children's software. That proves them totally wrong 

Shawn Magm says:

Great observation!

lonbraj says:

The UI still sucks. Sorry, someone had to say this.

nizzon says:

Can you be more specific?

PureView says:

Still that just the one button option besides the address bar.

Nik Rolls says:

No, there are now two because stop/refresh is in the address bar.

jbrandonf says:

What other buttons do you want to shove in that small area?

ajaykumsi says:

Good to see the improvements with windows phone 8.1...expecting something very surprising apart from the leaks

illhelp says:


Reach4zasky says:

At the top of IE I have seen two messages that my browser is out of date I should update. Is it talking about 8.1??

Nik Rolls says:

That's just ignorant sites trolling you. Don't worry about it.

Nik Rolls says:

Yes, good point -- often this can be a link to malware (depends on what kind of site you're on).

Omg pornhub is on there XD

JiroJarin says:

Pornhub??? Hahaha

AliNSiddiqui says:

Why the hell isn't there still an open in background tabs option?! I thought that was a basic feature??

wpoblation says:

Man, disappointed that they still can't come with 'open new tab in background'. Can it be that difficult to code such a thing in WP8? Is that concept patented, and MSFT can't use it?


wpn00b says:

What exactly are you guys talking about? Touch and hold the link and open in new tab. I do this all the time and hit back immediately. I wish it would open in the background but I just hit back and it loads while I'm continuing to fap to.. I mean reading whatever I was reading before.

AliNSiddiqui says:

If it's that easy to just go back then there's no problem, thanks!

dkp23 says:

IE such a battery drain on the phone.  Hopefully they optimize it. 


anyways, will favorites sync up across all platforms?  Like if my favorites on my IE for my PC will sync up auto for the windows phone IE?  that would make things easier. 

pookiewood says:

I'd hope so.  When I got my Venue 8 Pro I was amazed when it sucked in favorites from my laptop.  I also hope there is a better way to organize favorites.  Right now I just put numbers in front of similar topics.  Like a 1 in front of tech favorites, 2 in front of fitness topics,  etc.

SaucePolicy says:

Try using the emoticons. There's a ton of them. That's what I do.
Edit: nevermind, I see you were referring to the venue. Not sure if that has emoticons.

If favorites don't sync thats yet another huge dissappointment with WP... its 2014... time to AT LEAST catch up...

I was very surprised to find that they didn't sync up when I got my WP. I too hope that this is added in, as I already sync them through OneDrive between computers and home and office. If you do the same thing (move your favorites folder to OneDrive) you can download the Favorites Manager app on your phone to at least access your current favorites when you're away from your computer, if not update them.

*heavy breathing*

hs k says:


Still no forward button. :( I think it would be more relevant in WP than with others because the back button location causes lot of accidental back hits.

Richard_Indy says:

Exactly what I was thinking. Also, I HOPE that I can have my own home page and NOT it being the last page visited.. Wouldn't want someone to see that I've been to pornhub

MikeSo says:

And also because a lot of time the page you were at doesn't exist in "recent" for some unknown reason, so you can't go back to it there either. The navigation in IE for WP is maddening, and the lack of a forward button is disappointing to say the least.

TheSparta says:

I really hope there will be hand-on demo of email: if there is ability to attach pdf's, docs, file manager and also about if there is advanced search feature in email.

tacofiend says:

The tabs on other devices option is awesome, except that I refuse to use IE on anything I can use Chrome on...

Nik Rolls says:

Come to the light side ...

zeronoise says:

Out of curiousity why? It's been proven that IE11 is faster and security wise they are both equal. With this you get cross device compatibitlity (since there is no chrome on wp). The only real reason i can think of are chrome specific extensions.

Chrome is also terrible running on windows touch devices and high dpi screens. Chrome is a good browser, but it is severely lacking in certain areas. IE is running on all of my devices, scales well, works with touch, and now syncs my content between all my devices. Is it perfect? Nope, but its the best solution out there for my needs.

Duffau says:

Honestly, when chrome first came out I liked it, but since then its gone downhill. Firefox is better than chrome as an alternate browser, with opera and IE being my primary choices, respectively. I know I know, opera sucks; but it has a couple of very minor features that no other browser implements as smoothly. And I just got used to them being there.

nickg0413 says:

And STILL no forward button......come on!!!!

OMGbrandon says:

I wonder if its swipe to go back a page.

Duffau says:

I read one dev say swipe for back and forth. Dan can you confirm?

radde says:

There is one feature you forgot to mention, Daniel, but it was shown at the end of that review video: The URL bar vanished after not being used/finished loading the page.

How does one bring it back though?

jdawgnoonan says:

Cool, out of anything in IE, that was the number one thing that I had hoped for.

Nejcooo says:

my reaction on this feature: FUCK YEAH

Dexterrino says:


Can't wait for the update.I want all thsese features in my lumia 920. I want more tiles!!!!! IE 11, cortana, notification center and list goes on and on

Lipe13 says:

Omg there's porn over that tab!! That was awesome!!!! 

shaskell724 says:

no forward button?

Duffau says:

Some are saying swipe to go back and forth.

Kreblon says:

Will it finally sync favorites with the desktop version?

apocacrux says:

That's what I really want to know as well!
EDIT: Just watched another video and it confirms that favourites are synced to windows 8 IE

lexus232 says:

WP is even more awesome now! Can't wait to get this sweet update on my lovely Lumia 925! Thanks Microsoft for listening to user feedback and our wishes!

Adretheon says:

In the tab menu what's the "Other"?

Ok tab sync and incognito mode were like obvious additions
What is a small thing that is missing is the "forward button" this is a simple navigation feature which doesn't require any extensive programming

MikeSo says:

Yes. Forward and a proper history. WHY is there no forward in it???

jarekt says:

do upload of photos work now? I have to switch to UC browser with wp 8.0 now :\


CGA111 says:

That was a big yawn if there ever was one. Reader mode? Text reflow when zooming?

stephking92 says:

No text reflow please, it makes browsing super slow on android IMO.

CGA111 says:

Then you've been using the wrong browser, it was super smooth in Maxthon on my measly Xperia Ray.

jbrandonf says:

It wasn't slow but I drove me nuts now when you would turn your phone into landscape, either accidentally or not, it would reflow you to a totally different part of the webpage. Made reading long comments threads difficult.

I'd at least like the ability to make it an option.

CGA1 says:

Absolutely an option, to each his own.

loool pornhub. I think conference is veeeery interesting for you :D

lkwah says:

Pop up option?

Grimlock says:

I was really hoping for full screen browsing- is this not something a lot of people want?

Nik Rolls says:

Watch the video, the address bar disappears automatically.

Grimlock says:

Sweet- good catch!

MikeSo says:

I use "recent" all the time. Should be second under favorites, IMO. Small gripe though.

My biggest question is, does "recent" actually SHOW ALL RECENT PAGES now? It's a mystery to me how it works. For example, it never shows any Facebook pages in my history, which is supremely weird. I can't figure out how it works...

stephking92 says:

I think it works by showing recent tabs rather than pages, so if you regularly go to other pages after browsing facebook and then close it, it won't show up, which is just strange.

1nYourFace says:

I still want my tabs to be visable at the very top like in Dolphing Browser in Android :(

Are downloads available now?

kabir1861 says:

What about JavaScript and flash player ?

MikeSo says:

What about them?

Nik Rolls says:

Yes it has JavaScript, no it doesn't have Flash. Same as IE10.

Kiddo_24 says:

What I really want to see is how it handles HTML5. 

Ultimately, I rely on Google Voice. Without MetroTalk I need to use the browser but the web app on Windows Phone 8 is highly lacking. 

how many tab can I open now?

jbrandonf says:

Great question. I love how it freezes our tabs for long periods of time but I'm ready for more than six now.

Nik Rolls says:

The 'brightness' feature Daniel mentions and says it doesn't quite work yet -- that's because it's for Reading mode, not general browsing. Same as on W8.1.

Sajal Garg says:

Can anyone please tell me where to get that software to get windows 8.1 as preview?

jbrandonf says:

Google it ya lazy fuck.

INV3000 says:

What about html5 website like the verge? I can browse it smoothly now?

jbrandonf says:

That's strange. The Verge has always worked well for me on multiple devices.

chezm says:

still no IE dedicated back/forward buttons...or at least swipe similar to iPhone/Windows 8? man thats frusterating. I love the 930 but with this very minor but important feature missing its extremely annoying.

stephking92 says:

Just because Daniel doesn't show it, doesn't mean the swiping is not there. It's better to check for yourself later when you have 8.1.

Ixolite says:

Soo, where is the forward button? :(


JNate says:

Please demonstrate the password filler nexty time.


crise says:

Did I see that correctly? Does the address bar autohide after few sec??

SaucePolicy says:

Is there open tabs in background? Form auto fill? Password saving? Clear history without clearing cookies?

aren't we able to download and save mp3 files or recognised files on our phone?

TommiTMX says:

I love Windows Phone and definitely want to see it thrive. But please don't add comments to the video saying that Android Phones would be jealous of a feature if you're not 100% positive that the feature is missing.


Do not track has been on Chrome for Android for quite a while now.

KickAssLumia says:

Private browsing, on any device in general, does not make any sense in this day and age. If one really wants private browsing, there will need to be facility for an open vpn based solution to proxy and encrypt all your traffic through a provider who does not store logs. Adding Tor-like functionality on top of this would be the ultimate.

Aside from that, everything else in this update is extremely delicious and I am eagerly awaiting the release.

AntmanWreck says:

I'm glad to see improvements on IE they need them badly imo..i still rather Chrome and Mozilla so I hope that comes together quickly ie is really sufficient for sites I go on and is quite frustrating at times..i just moved over from android so excuse me if it seems like im trolling im just voicing my opinion

AntmanWreck says:

Insufficient* typo

Corvodin says:

Off topic, but, can you swipe down to close out apps. 

Cyruss1989 says:

Still no saving or even syncing of passwords?

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Duffau says:

What? Did you watch this video or build? Dan explicitly states that both of these features are there.

926asf says:

Is there a native download folder in IE11 ?

w8user says:

Could someone confirm whether IE 11 in WP8.1 includes hover touch support for simulating hovering over menus in web sites with a (perhaps long) tap?

Support for that was included in IE11 for Windows 8.1. Without that, many sites don't work well

msdn.microsoft . com/en-us/library/ie/dn265029(v=vs.85) . aspx

Note that I am not asking if you think that feature is necessary in your opinion. Thanks.

Chips1020 says:

Yes, and the CSS menu sites don't function properly either. Please fix it MS.

nyolc8 says:

And where can I change search engine to google? That option is missing on that video!

iitianshenky says:

where is the downloads folder?

I downloaded a pdf file and it said that it has been saved to downloads folder but i am not getting the downloads folder.

mns123 says:

Can't wait for the update, when? Let's hope IE11 is better than its predecesssor in speed.

Are we still limited to only 6 tabs?

How about the nasty bugs from IE10?
Are any of them fixed?

Like, no forwad, and buggy back.

And how it doesnt support HTM 4 fully yet. (file upload)

And how








Ntropy99 says:

Would be great if the new internet explorer allowed for the creating of folders of the most used favorite pages. The folders sync with my already established folders, but I can't create a new folder unless I go to my laptop.

lawalhu says:

I notice that the latest version of internet explorer for windows phone doesn't support desktop view on Facebook. It's a feature I love with the previous versions

How to know your usernames/email ids and passwords from internet explorer?