6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

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

About Video Transcript

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

2:35 /

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.

New releases

Samsung's premium-looking gas range costs less
2:06 March 28, 2015
The $1,699 Samsung Gas Range with True Convection, model number NX58F5700, has a lot to love at a reasonable price.
Play video
PicoBrew's automated beer maker too pricey for most home brewers.
6:28 March 28, 2015
We're cloudy on the benefits of the PicoBrew Zymatic, especially for $2,000.
Play video
Meerkat or Periscope? Which is better?
1:54 March 27, 2015
With Twitter's Periscope hitting the scene, we had to see how it measures up to Meerkat.
Play video
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: What's the difference?
2:30 March 27, 2015
Paralyzed by choice? CNET's Jessica Dolcourt helps you decide if you can really be happy with the base model S6, or if the S6 Edge's...
Play video
2016 Kia Sorento
5:28 March 27, 2015
CNET Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham test-drives the new 2016 Kia Sorento Limited Trim model and checks the tech on this comfortable,...
Play video
Mercedes F 015: Car of the future (CNET On Cars, Episode 62)
20:50 March 27, 2015
Mercedes asks what shall we do when driving ends, the new safety tech that must be on your new-car shopping list, and the Top 5 affordable...
Play video
Imagine a 10TB Solid State Drive
2:58 March 27, 2015
Could a 10TB Solid State Drive be in our near future? Amazon fluffs up their cloud service, Lyft goes social and Tim Cook gives ba...
Play video
It shoots. It scores.
2:53 March 27, 2015
Mirrorless Samsung NX1 takes on dSLRs for action photography.
Play video