Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer 10 test build for Windows 8

Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer 10 test build for Windows 8

Summary: Microsoft released a new developer preview of IE 10 this week for Windows 8 testers only. The new platform preview can work as a plug-in-free "Metro-style" app, or a Desktop app that still supports plug-ins.

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Microsoft released this week a new test version of its Internet Explorer (IE) 10 browser that is bundled with Windows 8: Platform Preview 3 (PP3).

Like previously released Platform Preview builds, the IE 10 PP3 is aimed at developers, not end user customers. PP3 is accessible in Windows 8 in two ways: As a "Metro style" application and a  Microsoft Desktop App, i.e., one that is part of the classic/legacy mode of Windows 8. ("Metro style" refers to an app that is designed to take advantage of the new tile user interface and supporting operating-system infrastructure in Windows 8.)

The Metro IE 10 PP3 release does not support any browser plug-ins and extensions -- including Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. But Desktop App IE 10 PP3 does allow plug-ins and extensions.

Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky explained the distinction in a blog post this week. From that post:

"In Windows 8, IE 10 is available as a Metro style app and as a desktop app. The desktop app continues to fully support all plug-ins and extensions. The HTML5 and script engines are identical and you can easily switch between the different frame windows if you’d like."

The Metro version of IE 10, because it doesn't support plug-ins and extensions, "improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers," according to the blog post.

Microsoft is advising Windows 8 customers who need to access consumer sites and line of business applications that require legacy ActiveX controls to use IE 10 in the Desktop App to get to these sites.

Microsoft did not update this week the IE 10 test build that works on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. That version of IE 10 is still at the PP2 milestone. Microsoft officials said that an  a PP3 update for Vista and Windows 7 users would be released "at a future date." (Note: We don't know whether or not the next update is going to be PP3 for the standalone version of IE, and Microsoft is not saying.)

The PP3 version IE10 includes support for CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, CSS3 Transitions and Animations, CSS3 Gradient, SVG Filter Effects, HTML5 Forms and more. It also supports better offline application support via local storage with IndexedDB and the HTML5 Application Cache, as well as Web Sockets, HTML5 History, Async scripts, HTML5 File APIs, HTML5 Drag-drop, HTML5 Sandboxing, Web workers, ES5 Strict mode support.

Microsoft also updated its IE Test Drive site, as of this week, to be "touch-friendly," and added some new multi-touchable demos like Particle Acceleration, Lasso Birds, and Touch Effects.

Update: Adobe issued a statement on September 15 about its plans for Windows 8 on the Metro side of the house. "We expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today," according to the company statement.

Topics: Windows, Browser, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Software Development

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Listen to Jon Honeyball's (PC Pro, UK) audio on W8

    and I think, as enthusiastic as he wishes to sound re: W8, is finding it tough towards the end of the review to sound positive in the corporate sense. I believe W8 (AND IT WOULD NOT TAKE MUCH MORE EFFORT IN THE GRAPHIC SENSE) needs to be more creative like Surface in its look and feel. Why have all the bits and pieces all got to be boring rectangles? Couldn't one 'zoom in' on Metro styled PIECES in traditional desktop apps (a bit like being able to embed a WPF control in a WinForms app). My heart really sank when I saw all those beautiful Windows controls (like the ones in W7), also in W8 desktop AND ASP.NET since version way back, but then Joe Stegman's demo of the new XAML (like WP7) controls - plain white border round black with white text which are like my first graphics efforts 17 years ago. Come on MS, for goodness sake get some real design going here. Take a look at your homepage video on the Surface site and deliver.
    rmac_z
    • And did I say I was...

      @rmac_z

      ...off topic (sorry).
      rmac_z
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @rmac_z


      Isn't it a tiny bit premature to be whining about graphics elements found in a developers preview build? Now if those elements are in the later beta builds, you'd have firmer ground on which to stand.
      whatagenda
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

        @whatagenda

        The look of the xaml controls Joe Stegman used has been around since October/November 2010 when WP7 came out so this is not entirely a new issue. Putting looks to one side, Metro is currently 'sandboxed' away from desktop apps and there is no disecernable direction from MS re: corporate desktop development. If one is trying to move a WinForms app forward, one would be really stuck making a decision. The number one developer request for WPF was to converge with Silverlight. That hasn't happened (yet) although at least databinding and whitespace have been resolved which is definitely for the better. One would therefore struggle to decide whether to: stick with WinForms for now and wait for a converged Silverlight/WPF i.e. a more extensive xaml paradigm than was presented at Build; develop in Silverlight because it's closest to the new xaml and works under the W8 desktop, only the biggest problem with that is it's not cut out for local database development; move to WPF in the hope it's going to be compatible with any new 'Metro-fied' xaml i.e. that both could be mixed in the same application because WPF xaml and SL xaml are not the same beast and two conversions to reach this would be painful.

        Hopefully MS have this to hand and haven't told us and we can look forward to some xaml magic, but just like Silverlight was, it's another communication failure with devs.
        rmac_z
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @rmac_z -- the new religion says content is king, not the OS. The plain Metro canvas stays out of the way so that apps get all the attention. Also, imagine the live tiles we'll start to see once rock-star app writers are competing against each other for Start Screen space! Should be a lot more interesting that what this early demo version has to show right now.
      scH4MMER
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

    IE10 is a tool for downloading Google Chome! :)
    Attila Bogozi
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @Attila Bogozi agreed!
      warriet@...
    • Google Chrome

      ....is a way for Google to download you.
      Joe_Raby
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

    tried IE10, Chrome still better for desktop
    warriet@...
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @warriet@...
      developer preview vs. beta product. I don't see validity there.
      Ram U
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @warriet@...
      Sorry Sir, Please Grow up !!!
      owlnet
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @warriet@...

      Can you explain why. I came to different conclusion.
      1 - IE10 give javascript access to windows 8 dll.
      2 - IE10 gives javascript access to background multithread.
      3 - IE10 have a much better security system (as exemple IE10 is totally integrated with active directory, chrome just offer some very basics functionalities, not enough for business use)
      4 - IE10 use video card graphic system to draw fonts (use directX rendring for that )
      5 - IE10 still in alpha, and it rock, cant wait to see it when finished.
      6 - Finally Chrome spy on you, collecting private information about you for is own use ( the product google sell is you), IE10 doenst.
      SylvainT
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

        @SylvainT
        boy if you think IE don't collect info about you I have a bridge to sell you. The difference is MS is a dinosaur wannabe advertising/search company, keep users locked with every dirty trick in the book, and deliver consistently subpar, mediocre products; Goggle, in the other hand is an ethical company delivering real value to users, innovating and redefining internet in a way that MS can only dream.
        theo_durcan
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @warriet@...

      IE 10 (running in a VBox) beat my Chrome 16 canary build (running in Windows 7 - Same computer) in almost all speed tests (besides the Google made ones) and it does a better job with approved HTML 5 elements.
      KSLGW95
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

    definitely the best browser I used till now, very fast and outstanding graphics but till now was not able to get flash player to work...
    AdnanPirota
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

      @AdnanPirota

      You will need to download and install Flash Player 11 in order to get it to work. Also if you're running x64 you will need to download and install Flash Player 11 x64

      http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer11.html
      audidiablo
  • Where's Explorer 10 test build for XP?

    C'mon fellas, we still have 3 more years!

    :D
    ScorpioBlue
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

    Windows 8 could be the jump I'm looking for. I'd really like to see a tablet based off of it that can replace both my laptop and PC. I really want a "full computer" as a tablet. Not just a tablet.

    POLL: Will Windows 8 big the biggest change to happen to desktop computers in the past decade?
    Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/2647470
    zadocpaet
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

    The browser is just a way to deliver web content and it is free. You could use 2 browsers if you like. It wouldn't cost a penny and one would not have to take an "us vs them" mentality and we would end a lot of the flame and fanboy wars. Now if they start charging for a browser then you have a financial incentive to make sure that you investment is not wasted.
    rgor@...
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Internet Explorer test build for Windows 8

    The question I think should be can Microsoft get anyone to come back to IE!!
    p0keman