Microsoft's IE 11 now adjusts itself to suit different-sized devices

By on April 3, 2014, 3:00 PM

Microsoft has made Internet Explorer 11 easier to use across various devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops. The Redmond-based company unleashed the updated version of its web browser during its Build 2014 conference on Wednesday. The updated browser will now be able to detect your Windows device and input type, and will adjust the display accordingly.

"Today's update to IE11 means that whatever device you pick up, your tabs and favorites are there for you, right where you left off", said Sam George, Partner Group Program Manager for IE. The update includes hardware-accelerated WebGL as well as professional quality rich media like HTML5 video.

Enterprise mode for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 is also available with the new IE11, which provides great backwards compatibility for specific sites that were developed for Internet Explorer 8 or below.

IE 11 for Windows Phone 8.1 now lets you pin sites to your Start Screen, optimize the view of articles through Reading Mode, and access your favorite Web sites by speaking naturally to your device. Just like Google Chrome's Incognito mode, there's a new InPrivate mode that keeps your browsing private. The updated browser also helps you better manage your phone’s data usage through the new High Savings Mode.

In addition, the company also launched two "new experiences" in the form of 22Tracks and FishGL. While 22Tracks helps users find new and emerging music from top DJs, FishGL is an interactive, touch-friendly 3D graphics benchmark on Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1.

Other changes are mainly for developers. The updated browser is now available on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, while it'll be available on Windows Phone 8.1 once that update to the mobile OS is released. Automatic updates are slated to begin on April 8 for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers.

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