Windows 8: changes for IE10
Microsoft has clarified the changes made in IE10 and its integration into Windows 8 Metro style. The security has also been reinforced.
In a new post on the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft has clarified some of the changes made in Internet Explorer 10. The next browser to come with the Windows 8 operating system will of course be compatible with the Metro and Desktop interfaces. IE10 will only be made available as a desktop version to the Windows 7 operating system.
Most of Microsoft’s communications are based on Metro, with the integration of IE10 to this environment therefore being well thought out for tactile devices, with Microsoft trying to make up for lost time in the tablets market. Using a keyboard/mouse combination nevertheless works.
IE10 Metro style doesn’t handle plugins (Flash, Silverlight...), although it does support HTML5 with hardware acceleration. The browsing page takes up the full screen space, with everything being done to make the view immersive and focused on Web content. This work began with IE9 when the controls were made more discreet.
No menu bars, tabs or address (the bar automatically disappears) when viewing a page. An address bar appears – also visible the first time the program is opened – when you right click or place the cursor at the bottom of the page. At the top of the windows are the open tabs which appear so that you can switch between open pages.
To move back and forward between pages, tactile movements can be used. With the mouse, move to the left or right sides to make the navigation arrows appear. When entering a URL, navigation tiles represent the most frequently visited sites and those that are pinned to the Start screen.
These tiles for Web sites on the start screen can dynamically display information like notifications if the Web site is compatible with this function.
With Metro, Microsoft wants to combine the Web and apps. The Snap function allows you to share the screen so that most of the space is allocated to the Web page while a side bar which contains others apps, for example email.
IE10 also supports Charms (the side bar appears on the right; the Windows key + C; mouse at the bottom right corner) to search with the default search engine defined in the browsers settings, sharing apps and the configuration.
The system is also integrated with the Windows Store. When the site offers an application, this means that the navigation bar can access it (by clicking or tapping) on the Windows Store. Once installed, the app can be directly launched by the site.
IE10 Metro can be disabled at the beginning for those that don’t want to have the Web browsing function for a tablet or smartphone enabled, as the IE10 desktop version is still available. While Opera Software is wondering how they will integrate their Opera browser with Metro, Mozilla and Google have already announced how they will develop their version of Firefox and Google optimized for the tactile interface.
Microsoft points out that IE10 integrates the same security functions and privacy controls as those present in IE9: SmartScreen and XSS filters, analysis of an applications reputation, tracking protection and system recovery after a failure. The protected mode (sandbox) has been announced as new and improved to provide better content isolation of a site when numerous tabs are open, preventing a malicious Web page from accessing all other open tabs.
Private browsing (InPrivate browsing) has also been improved to cover a by tab function rather than by session.
It should also be noted that Microsoft uses a new option called ForceASLR in IE10 to increase the random character addresses for all modules loaded into memory by the browser. An improvement of the ASLR* protection has also been added to the Windows 8 core and will be made available to Windows 7.
*Address Space Layout Randomization helps prevent attackers from gaining access to the known memory addresses which can then be used to cause buffer overflow errors.
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