Microsoft has announced Internet Explorer 11 alongside Windows 8.1 and the new browser improves on touch performance, page load times and syncs across all your Windows 8.1 devices just like Chrome and Safari.
It brings forth a new browsing paradigm called side by side browsing and users can have as many tabs open to their hearts content. As mentioned above using SkyDrive it syncs tabs across all your Windows 8.1 devices. In fact, all your our open tabs, favorites, history, user names/passwords, and more are always up to date using this new functionality.
The touch performance of the browser has been refined and now the GPU is used to process gestures such as panning, zooming, and swiping. Additionally, GPU-offloaded image decoding enhances battery life and keeps the CPU processing dynamic page content.
More than this, the address bar is now more optimized and displays frequently visited sites, and the typing faster as it can suggest sites including direct links to site sections and Bing search suggestions and also Windows Store suggested apps. The navigation bar is also optimized for touch with swipe forward and back gestures. Like Chrome it has page prediction and pre-rendering so by the time one has typed the address the page is already loaded.
Even as a developer platform, IE11 takes a leap to the future. It has hardware accelerated 3D Web graphics thanks to technologies like WebGL. It is also interoperable with existing sites which run faster and look better in it. Importantly, the browser now supports plugin free HTML 5 video with the latest standards for closed captioning, adaptive streaming and digital rights management for content creators.
The video streaming is also power efficient in Windows 8.1 which extends battery life. Notably, web creators can also embed live websites into Windows apps taking advantage of the hardware acceleration built-in to IE.
Microsoft says IE11 supports real world standards and compatibility, and new developer tools that enable developers to build high-performance Web experiences on Windows devices.