The Metro-style version of Internet Explore 10’s integrated into the Windows 8 Consumer Preview now includes a number of new features added since September’s Developer Preview release.
IE10 is designed to make website interaction fast and fluid for touch as well as for heavy mouse and keyboard use. With IE10, websites participate in the Metro style experience in Windows 8, including the Start screen, charms, snap, and more. IE10 also provides the best protection from malicious software on the web while providing real control over your online privacy.
“IE10 offers the same industry leading security, privacy, and reliability features, building on IE9’s SmartScreen, XSS filtering, Application Reputation, InPrivate browsing, Tracking Protection, and hang detection and recovery,” posted Microsoft.
In addition, IE10 takes advantage of Windows 8 to provide “Enhanced Protected mode” for better isolation of website content in each tab. InPrivate browsing is also extended to run per-tab, so you can run some pages InPrivate, leaving no history, cookies, or cached data.
Summary of changes from the Developer Preview
Here are some of the improvements to IE10 for fast and fluid browsing:
- Full, independent composition enables responsive, fast and fluid behavior on real websites (including pages with fixed elements, nested scrolling regions, animations, and video)
- Back and forward swipe navigation with preview
- Double-tap to zoom in on content
- Fast back and forward navigation controls for mouse
- Mouse (CTRL+scroll wheel) and keyboard methods for quickly zooming in and out to mirror touch interactions
- Automatic domain suggestions for faster navigation and less typing
- Share charm support for URLs, snippets, images and selection with Mail and other apps
- Search charm with visual search suggestions
- Devices charm for printing, projecting, and playing video to external devices like TVs
- Plug-in free support: notifications for sites requiring activeX
- Background notifications for pinned sites and other tile improvements
- Jumplists for pinned sites
- InPrivate tabs that are easier to open
- Clean up tabs command, which quickly closes all but current tab
Watch the video to see IE10 in action in Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
“Navigation tiles are designed to help you find and navigate to sites immediately using the site’s icon and color while minimizing your typing. IE shows you frequently visited sites as well as sites that you’ve pinned to the Start screen. As you type in the address bar, the navigation tiles filter to show you sites from your history, favorites and even popular URLs,” said Rob Mauceri.
“Tabs: Metro style tab switcher appears when you swipe in from the bottom or top of the screen with touch, right-click with the mouse, or press Windows key+Z on the keyboard. Active tabs are shown as page thumbnails with page titles in text overlays.
The Navigation bar in IE10 appears when you need it, again keeping the focus on websites, and includes easy-to-use controls (touch or keyboard/mouse).
Touch keyboard: IE10 works great with physical keyboards as well as the Windows 8 touch keyboard, which it automatically adjusts to make your experience easier.
Snap makes it easy to use Windows 8 for more than one thing at a time. You can browse in IE10 and have side-by-side access to your mail, music, or any other application.
Charms provide a consistent way to perform common actions like searching and sharing in Windows 8. The charms appear when you swipe in from the right edge, press Windows key+C, or move your mouse to the bottom or top-right corner of the screen.
For Search charm, IE10 uses the default search engine, which you can set to your preference. And, with the Share charm, you can access any application that supports sharing (like Mail). This allows you to send a rich link preview with image, description, and hyperlink so it’s easy to share more than just a link.
The Devices charm makes printing, projecting, and playing to external devices easy and consistent. While the Settings charm provides quick access to the most frequently used configuration settings for IE10.
And, with site pinning, you can personalize your Windows Start screen with the sites you use all the time.
Integration with the Store makes it easy to discover and launch Metro style apps for the sites you visit in IE. The navigation bar shows if the site has an application available. One tap (or click) takes you to the app in the Store. Once an app is installed, you can launch it directly from the site.”
In other blog post on Internet Explorer developer blog, Microsoft’s Forbes Higman talks about IE10’s new memory protections. Higman first goes over how hackers could launch an attack on a web browser via a memory-based exploit stating, “Hackers have to have two things for this kind of exploit to work; one of them is to have some kind of code installed on their intended victim’s PC.”
Adding, “The attacker also needs to be able to exploit a vulnerability that allows the flow of code execution to be altered from design, such as a buffer overflow vulnerability. Then they can change the code path to “jump to” the address of the code they want executed,” he said.
He also talks about defense feature in IE10, one new feature called “ForceASLR,” is a new loader option used by Internet Explorer 10 to instruct the operating system to randomize the location of all modules loaded by the browser, even if a given module was not compiled with the /DYNAMICBASE flag, Higman noted.
This new technique is installed in Windows 8 but is also available on Windows 7 via a new update.
Also, Microsoft posted a “Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster,” that provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server “8” Beta and focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering, and scalability.
You can download Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster here.