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The onscreen keyboard includes a full layout of smileys. Press the Advanced key (in the lower left corner) and you get a set of interesting (and possibly useful) symbols.
A simple swiped gesture from the top or bottom displays the address bar at the bottom of this page, with open browser tabs at the top.
Sites you visit frequently automatically appear on the New Tab page in the Metro style Internet Explorer. Sites you pin to the page appear in a group to the right. Note how large and touch-friendly these tiles are.