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

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How does the Metro Internet Explorer 10 compare to the desktop version? Here are the differences.

There are two different versions of Internet Explorer, actually. Metro has gained the attention, but we’ll look at both

It’s no surprise that the Metro side of Windows 8 has been getting all the attention. After all, it’s the big change in Windows 8 and its marquee feature. One of the programs, or apps, as they’re now called, that has undergone a change is Internet Explorer. The much-maligned browser than now its competitive with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in every way goes full screen in Metro. In this post, we’ll take a look at the differences between the desktop and Metro versions.

The Metro version of Windows 8 is pretty simple, really. You open the “app”, at which point all distractions will be removed. Internet Explorer 10 goes full screen, even removing the address bar until you need it. The aim is to create an experience – the unofficial buzzword for Metro, it seems.

As CNET report, viewing recent pages also displays them in a Metro-esque style and allows you to pin websites. “The address field also serves as a search field,” like Google Chrome and the upcoming version of Safari in Mountain Lion, so you can just just search for websites.

Users can also open all tabs, open tabs individually or browse through InPrivate. InPrivate is Internet Explorer 10’s version of private browsing. As we’ve reported before, web sites can be pinned to the start screen in the Metro side of Windows 8. As with all Metro apps, they can be moved around and resized.

The Charms bar also moves some of the functionality around. As the bar is context-sensitive, commands in IE could be different to commands in Cut the Rope. In IE 10, users can share a page through e-mail or search the web.

Internet Explorer 10: No plug-ins

However, IE 10 “doesn’t support plug-ins.” This includes Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. Installing a plug-in “switches to the desktop flavour.”

It also lacks folder support, something that SkyDrive seems to be pushing. It seems that the Metro version of IE 10 is geared towards being a more stripped-down, user-friendly version of the browser. That seems a shame considering Microsoft is pushing Metro in such a big way.

Tomorrow, we take a look at the desktop version.

Published: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 Last Modified: March 28, 2012

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