At Build 2014, Microsoft announced an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 available with the Windows 8.1 Update and for Windows 7 users as well as the debut of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The Windows 8.1 Update will be available for download on MSDN and TechNet, with automatic updates beginning April 8th for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.
IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 — With Windows Phone 8.1 the updated explorer now offers many of the same features as the modern IE you experience on Windows. With IE11 for Windows Phone and Live Sites you can now pin your favorite sites directly to your Start Screen for information from the Web at a glance. Reading Mode helps you optimize the view of articles like you were reading a digital book on your phone. Voice Commands lets you browse your favorite Web sites by speaking to your device. IE11 for Windows Phone also includes InPrivate to keep your browsing private. And to help you better manage your phone’s data usage, the new High Savings Mode can be enabled to reduce data consumption by 60-80% through reducing image downloads and only loading elements of the page relevant to the content you want to view.
IE11 for Windows 8.1 — IE11 will adapt to your browsing experience by detecting your Windows device and input type – whether an 8 inch tablet in portrait mode or a 24 inch desktop with mouse and keyboard. Other features included are like the number of tabs on-screen and the size of the fonts and menus. You can also now control when the browser remains on-screen or hides away for full-screen browsing depending on the type of device you use.
Some of the other enhancements included in the IE11 are:
1. Enhancement in F12 Developer Tools –Inclusion of shortcuts that are more common across the many tools used and more flexibility to emulate various versions of IE, as well as improved UI and Memory tools. You can go through the complete set of enhancements available on MSDN here.
2. Enterprise Mode for organizations — Available for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 provides improved Internet Explorer 8 compatibility for specified sites. Enabling enterprises to safely update to Internet Explorer 11 while maintaining backwards compatibility for specific sites that were developed for Internet Explorer 8 or below. Organizations can designate that Enterprise Mode be enabled for specific sites so they can benefit from modern Web standards, better performance, and increased security of a modern Web browser, while reducing upgrade costs and extending legacy Web app investments. By improving backward compatibility for older versions of Internet Explorer, this also helps organization stay up-to-date with services such as Office 365 and deploy devices like the Surface Pro 2.
3. 22tracks and FishGL — Microsoft has teamed-up with the team at 22tracks to bring you a new touch-first music experience. 22tracks is all about finding new, emerging music – featuring top DJs from across Europe: Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, and they are expanding. The site shows that with a single line of code, developers can create responsive sites that look great across many screen sizes, by automatically detecting the device you’re using and adjusting the experience accordingly. And with the power of WebGL, an interactive audio visualizer adapts to your music and responds to your touch – tap and hold, swipe, and drag as your listen and see what happens. The site also takes advantage of many features in Windows that make it feel like an app: you can pin your favorite tracks to the Windows Start Screen, share tracks using the Charm Bar, or save and listen to a track later using the Reading List app in Windows.
FishGL – has been enhanced to interactive, touch-friendly 3D graphics benchmark. You can rotate around the tank of colorful fish. Crank up the fish count, see how many your browser can run. While you are there tap the glass to scatter the fish or tap and hold for more one-on-one interaction. Swipe your finger across the screen to rotate the room or pinch to zoom. Use the control panel to toggle to fish view – insider the aquarium. Power users can adjust the aquarium physics too.