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Review: Internet Explorer 10 ‘Metro’

Review: Internet Explorer 10 'Metro'Review: Internet Explorer 10 'Metro'Internet Explorer 10 on Metro has been called ‘a two-faced work-in-progress’ as we now have Internet Explorer as full screen Metro interface app and the conventional desktop workspace sharing a common rendering engine. The real story is that the user experience between Metro and desktop chrome versions are completely different.

Microsoft explains them as skins, not different browsers. Metro is designed as a touch interface and whilst it works with a keyboard and mouse, it is far from the desktop twin. Metro IE10 hides all tabs and options with drag-down menus, leaving screen completely free of the usual ‘chrome’, interface elements such as menus and window borders.

Fans of the full screen experience, along with casual users without the time or use-case for a complex UI will appreciate it; web-head die-hards may think differently. The stripped down address bar is anchored to the bottom of the screen with no options to move it that I found; right-click for Charms and you get the tab-switcher/ new tab panel appearing at the top. That’s it. Right now it’s a little slow and elements such as alt-tags and title tags are delightfully low-res, boxed text.

Windows 8 Internet Explorer 10 Metro SharingWhat IE10 Metro does add are touch features including the side-by-side viewing mode and Windows 8’s built-in sharing features to send out links or snippets of text highlighted on a page. Tablet presentation is better served as IE10 automatically adds space around web page elements like buttons and check boxes to make them easier to tap.

It is simple and for casual browsing, it works. There is a pitfall ahead, however.

More radical even than the Metro UI, in an official blog post, Microsoft states that Internet Explorer 10 Metro will dropping plugins and supporting HTML 5. That means no Adobe Flash.

IE10 Metro SharingThe conventional IE 10 desktop browser will still function with plug-ins, providing compatibility for Flash and a all the other extensions, which is why there’s a socking great “Use Dekstop View” button for working with Flash and Microsoft’s own ActiveX or Silverlight controls when needed. More on this one in another post. AJS

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Internet Explorer 10 ‘Metro’

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    Posted by K Reidel | Sep 27, 2011, 9:46 am
  2. Howdy! big thumbs up for the excellent information you’ve got here on this post.

    Posted by Tools | May 3, 2012, 5:33 pm
  3. Review: Internet Explorer 10 ‘Metro’ Everything Express: they are still pushing IE9 when most of people still on IE7 or 8. Now 10?
    Best Regards

    Posted by Kamemoto | May 28, 2012, 4:09 am
  4. 1 – it’s Metro and its not finished. 2 – it’s IE. Get over it. 3. It’s Metro which was a dumb idea to begin.

    Posted by Arvanitis | Jun 4, 2012, 7:37 pm

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