Say what you may, but this policy of absolute secrecy from Microsoft comes with its pros and cons. On one hand it allows the company to develop and refine its products without outside interference.
And on the other, it allows unofficial sources to have a field day with rumors and reports.
In any case, Redmond has finally detailed the improvements made in Internet Explorer 11, that is part of the Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system — and it is a sight for sore eyes.
Although early adopters already have access to this new browser, we now have official highlights of many of the major changes. Many, not all, as the company says that a lot of work still remains on the browser, and some features do not function as intended.
All said and done, though, there are a number of key improvements, as Microsoft details:
“Our team has been laser focused on delivering a massive upgrade to four key areas of your browsing experience: quick site access, fast and fluid browsing, safety and privacy, and accessibility.”
Oh, laser focused, I like!
The blog post then goes over all these new changes, from the removal of the limit on the number of tabs a user is allowed to open in a single browsing session (previously, one could only open a maximum of 6 tabs at the same time) to the ability to sync browsing data across platforms.
Users will soon be able to sync favorites, history, passwords, even tabs, across phones, tablets and PCs.
Many other improvements are also methodically detailed, including live pinned websites, richer website icons, and a smoother experience overall. Videos can also now be browsed directly from within Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Phone 8.1.