Using the Windows 8 Metro style apps, developers can build experiences that are more immersive, beautiful, and better connected with other apps and the rest of Windows.
“Metro style Internet Explorer lets users discover and experience the Web through associated Metro style apps. It enables Web developers to drive their existing site audience to their apps, giving them new opportunities to engage their users with an immersive experience on Windows 8,” mentions Rahul Lalmalani, Program Manager, Internet Explorer.
“Apps can utilize the Windows Runtime to deliver features beyond what’s possible in a browser alone such as seamless access to local files and folders, integrating with Windows 8 Charms for sharing and search, and interacting with locally-connected devices,” said Lalmalani.
The Windows Store will deliver a great end-user experience to browse, find, and get apps users care about.
In this post Lalmalani, describes the features of Metro style Internet Explorer in Windows 8 that connect Web sites to apps. He also describes the mechanisms Web developers use to create that connection.
Get the App
“You can simply browse to your favorite Web sites and discover they’ve apps associated with them through the site icon. The site icon turns into a button when IE discovers an app for the site. Tap on it to take you to the app’s description in the Windows Store,” explains Lalmalani.
Switch to the App
Adding, he explains, “When you navigate to a Web site with an associated installed Metro style app, you can directly switch to that app using the site icon button. For example, a friend shares a link to Web content via email or social media and the link launches the Metro style browser. If there is an app associated with this site, you can tap on the site icon and select “Switch to the app,” which launches it and takes you to very same content within the app.”
This video shows how Metro style Internet Explorer connects Web sites to Windows 8 Metro style apps: