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Published on October 11th, 2012 | by John I.


Internet Explorer 10 – Features Review

Internet Explorer 10 (or IE10) is the newest version of Internet Explorer and the latest web browser from Microsoft. In April 2011, the software giant unveiled the first IE10 Platform Preview; however it was limited only to Windows 7 but the subsequent platform previews were capable of running on Windows 7 and Windows 8. The release of IE 10 just 4 weeks after IE 9 is definitely a super fast release at a time when there is a rat race among web developers. IE 10 has a lot of features and functionalities over the Internet Explorer 9 including HTML5 support and hardware enhancements. Let’s explore some of the main features of IE10.

Enhanced HTML5 support

Extra HTML5 support means more web apps and improved performance. In fact, IE10 is pretty much near to Google Chrome and Firefox in terms of rendering more HTML5 support to users. So, IE10 has already surpassed the HTML supporting capabilities of Opera and Safari. Let’s take a look at some interesting numbers here. IE10 supports 83% of the recommended HTML5 whereas Chrome and Firefox support 89 percent and 86 percent respectively. Safari supports only 77% the recommended HTML5 functions whereas Opera supports 70%.

Video Captioning

One attractive feature with the latest Internet Explorer version is that, it lets users select any of the video and incorporate suitable captions as per their own choice. IE10 also enables users to find a set of captions if at all they want to skip a part of the video. Microsoft claims that IE10 is arguably the first ever platform to support captioning options for WebVTT and TTML formats, besides giving users the complete freedom to choose their preferred format.

Flip Ahead

IE10 also integrates a new feature called Flip ahead which works in desktop and Metro versions of the browser. Flip ahead is pretty much similar to the Fast-forwarding feature that has been present in Opera since 1990s. This feature allows users to scan lengthy articles that run for pages and to search for multiple results with ease using the “next page” option that’s present at the bottom of the web page. This feature actually remains turned off by default. So the user needs to enable it using the browser history. Microsoft has said that users have to update their web browsers to ensure that the flip ahead is enabled in their Internet Explorer 10.

Fast rendering

IE10 comes with fast rendering capabilities. Typically, the latest web browser from Microsoft is capable of supporting 60 frames per second. The speed remains consistent even if dozens of visual elements including opacity, touch interaction, and gradients occur simultaneously. Contrastingly, other web browsers including Google Chrome have slower rendering capabilities that are approximately just about 3-4 frames per second.

Adobe Flash integration

IE 10 has incorporated Adobe Flash Player for better performance, improved battery life, and more security. Some of the internet explorer versions when worked in the Metro version resulted in poor battery life, weak security, and sluggish performance. The integration of Adobe Flash in the Internet Explorer 10 enables users to play games and watch video content with ease. Moreover, IE10 also includes additional features such as “rollover”, so the other features in the web browser are well complemented.

CORS support

IE 10 also supports what is called as the Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS). This feature helps users share information across various domains using HTTP and XML requests. Users can drag-drop their data into various uploading platforms, so they can update their websites with better privacy. Moreover, it also lets users upload multiple files simultaneously and run the web applications in their preferred domain.

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