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Metro IE 10 Versus Desktop IE 10: The Differences (Desktop Version)

Metro Ie 10 Included In The Windows 8 Os Consumer Preview
The IE10 desktop version brings back functionality from Metro. Here are the key differences of the desktop browser, compared to the Metro browser.

There are two different versions of Internet Explorer, but the desktop version is as familiar as ever

The Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 is a significant change from the established browser’s previous iterations, but longtime Windows users will be reassured to know that the desktop version of IE 10 is the same as ever. Basically.

Sometimes, though, the Windows makes the choice for users. By default, opening a link in the Metro version or the ‘regular’ side of Windows 8 launches the browser in that version of the OS. This can be changed though.

Open desktop IE 10, “[c]lick on the Tools icon … and then select Internet Options,” CNET say. Click on Programs, and there will be an option titled “Opening Internet Explorer.” This allows users to change the way links are opened, whether you want to open them all in the Metro or desktop version of Windows 8. Websites pinned to the Metro side of Windows can also be opened in the desktop side.

Try to make these changes outside of IE 10, and it won’t work. Browsers than are not the default work only as desktop apps. We don’t know whether third-party browser will be populous in Windows 8, but Google and Mozilla are working on Metro versions of their Chrome and Firefox browser respectively.

Recapping Metro

Yesterday, courtesy of CNET, we reported what Metro Internet Explorer 10 brings to Windows 8. Here’s a recap of some of the functions.

The big change is that Metro IE 10 cuts always all of the fat fromt he desktop version, taking users full screen. The address bar is only used when needed, and the Charms bar moves the functionality to the side of the screen. For example, pages can be shared through e-mail.

Websites can also be pinned to the Start Screen, and launch from there. Recent website are also shown in smaller tiles in the browser.

The Metro version does have downsides, with no plug-in support for Flash or Microsoft Silverlight. Those are supported in the desktop version. Folder support is missing from Metro IE, too, leaving SkyDrive as the other option for organisation.

Windows 8 launches later this year, and the Consumer Preview is out now.

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Published: Thursday, March 29th, 2012 Last Modified: March 29, 2012

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