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First Look: IE 10 wants you to touch the future of browsing

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First Look: IE 10 wants you to touch the future of browsing

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Microsoft has finally gotten its infamous browser right. Internet Explorer 10 is fast, stable, secure, and eminently touchable.

It's taking years for Internet Explorer fans can breathe a sigh relief and rejoice at the fact that their favorite browser no longer sucks. I am Seth Rosenblatt for CNET. And today, we're taking a look at what's up and what's not in Internet Explorer 10. IE 10 comes in two flavors on Windows 8, Metro mode and Desktop mode. IE 10 Desktop mode is basically identical to what you'll see for IE 10 on Windows 7. Something that you've got to know about IE 10 and Windows 8 that was attached is simply put fantastic. Websites feel like mobile apps. In Metro mode, the interface is hidden until you swipe towards the center. Your tab bar lives on top and your location bar is on the bottom. There's a new feature called Flip Ahead, which when it's activated, let's you skip to the next page of a multipage story or gallery automatically. There are big tabs and icons in the IE 10. Frequently visited and favorites in IE 10 live just above the location bar, a new change and pin sites in IE 10 allows you to pin a tile into the Windows 8 start screen. IE 10 can also automatically detect when a site has a complimentary Windows 8 app like Bing. IE 10 is blazingly fast and it has very good privacy protection, thanks to "Do not track Bing on by default" and its tracking protection list which are available in Desktop mode. Security is strong in IE 10, thanks to SmartScreen which scans or downloads before you run them. Not all is perfect on IE 10 though, it works only on Windows 7 and 8. The three of you still using Vista, you're stuck on IE 9 and people still on Windows XP, or as I like to call them, the [unk] of the walking dead, can only get up to IE 8. Like the rest of Windows 8, some preferences in IE 10 are in Metro but all of them are in Desktop. That's a little bit confusing. Pin sites are not like bookmarks. If you change your default browser, they still open in IE. And frequently visited and favorites appear horizontally, making it difficult for people who've got a ton of them. Despite it's flaws, IE 10 is the best browser that Microsoft has ever made or 9. It's got the best Windows 8 integration around, which is very important. However, we'd like to see some more refinements before we recommend it more enthusiastically. From CNET, I am Seth Rosenblatt.

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