Review: Internet Explorer 10 – the Windows 8 Metro Version

Windows8Architecture_485458D4-590x331 Lack Of Right-Click Options In IE Metro[/caption] Unfortunately, it isn’t perfect either. In fact certain parts of what makes it so great as impose some of its biggest limitations for my own uses. First off, lack of options when right clicking makes it a bit hard for me to use. I can’t save pictures from within IE Metro (at least not to my knowledge), which is a bit of a problem for someone who works on over six blogs across the net. This hinders my work and requires me to rush to the desktop, paste in the link, copy the picture, and head back over to Metro. Is this a deal-breaker that makes IE Metro bad? Nah, in fact it won’t be a problem for the vast majority of those that use it. [caption id="attachment_14475" align="aligncenter" width="590"]screenshot-55 YouTube Terms For Its HTML5 Trial[/caption] The next issue is that in order to be more secure, IE Metro ditched plug-ins. This means things like Flash don’t work, which makes viewing some kinds of videos impossible. Sure, it supports HTML5, but at the moment even Youtube doesn’t work flawlessly with it. In fact, looking at their HTML5 trail terms, it says that any video that sports ads, currently won’t work with HTML5. Will this be a non-issue in the near future? More than likely, but it is at least a minor issue at the present. So should they have allowed plug-ins? I don’t know, I’m mixed on this. For x86 users, the option to allow plug-ins in IE Metro might have not been that big of a deal. For ARM though, having this lock down helps prevent compatibility issues, and on both platforms it is the most secure way to go about things. In the end though, I walk away from IE Metro largely impressed. Sure, it doesn’t offer anything that IE Desktop or another browser can do, but it is a very user friendly browser that I find myself having little negatives to report, outside of obvious things like lacking Flash and the ability to do things like save images within Metro. steam-cloud-3-590x331 On the subject of blogging and images though, I absolutely love the image loader within IE Metro. It is so much more attractive that just a boring Windows box, like I would find in IE Desktop and Firefox. For those that have used Windows 8 Consumer Preview (or even Developer Preview), what do you think of the Metro version of Internet Explorer? I will go out on a limb here and say that if Firefox released a Metro version and it didn’t add things like Flash or saving files, I would find absolutely no reason to use Firefox for Metro over IE for Metro. I am very much loving Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and though it isn’t perfect, it is more polished that we should expect from just a ‘beta’. [caption id="attachment_14478" align="aligncenter" width="590"]screenshot_photoPicker_page-590x331 Tabbed Browsing In IE For Metro[/caption]]]>

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