There's been a lot of hoopla surrounding Windows 8
, especially now that the Release Preview version has gone official (after being leaked to the Web in China a day prior). Receiving less attention is Internet Explorer 10 -- the default browser in Windows 8 -- at least until Friday, when Microsoft
posted a pair of blog posts exploring its next generation Web browser.
One of the things you can look forward to is a power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player in IE10. The big concern with Adobe has always been security, and while its seems frightening that Adobe's code will be integrated into IE10, Microsoft promises that it will be updated through Windows Update.
While on the topic of touch-friendly computing, it's a no-brainer that IE10 will fully embrace Windows 8's Metro UI.
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"We designed the interface and controls to be there when you need them and out of view when you don’t," Microsoft explains. "We also designed in the comprehensive functionality that people need for everyday heavy-duty web browsing: great touch keyboard support for forms, integrated spell checking with AutoCorrect, finding text on the page, etc. The user experience follows Metro style patterns and conventions for personality, animations, and command activation, and support for Windows 8 charms, snap, and more."
If you're not all that stoked about Metro, Microsoft says IE10 will be "super responsive" to mouse and keyboard input, too. It will also come with a 'Do Not Track' signal turned on by default, a little nugget Microsoft mentions almost in passing, but a pretty important one in terms of privacy. According to Microsoft, IE10 is the first browser to enable Do Not Track technology by default.