Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) is a web browser by Microsoft, succeeding Internet Explorer 9. The browser comes integrated with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 operating systems (OS). Compared to prior versions, IE 10 offers quite a few performance enhancements and improvements. For instance, it significantly enhances browser support for HTML5 and CSS3.
IE 10 comes with Windows 8 and Server 2012 for free. And it can also be installed on Windows 7. Windows 7 had to wait for official IE 10 support as it’s a fairly older OS compared to Windows 8 and later Microsoft operating systems. It is now available and can be downloaded similar to how other Windows updates are downloaded and installed.
IE 10’s desktop version keeps the UI of IE 9, making only small refinements, like removing gradients. IE 10’s Metro variant, which comes with Windows 8, comprises a fresh UI where most of the browser elements are concealed so that a web page takes up the majority of the screen. The UI could be exposed through a mouse right-click or by swiping from a touchscreen’s bottom or top edges.
IE 10 is the standard handler for HTTPS and HTTP protocols and also Windows 8’s default browser. For Windows 8, IE 10 is available as Internet Explorer and also IE 10 for desktop. IE for desktop offers a more conventional tab and window management experience.
IE 10 supports HTML5 sandbox attribute and improved memory protection, along with Enhanced Protected Mode. The HTML5 sandbox element activates security limitations for iframe components that comprise untrusted content. Enhanced Protected Mode offers extra security and is activated by default.
IE 10 supports all sophisticated web standards, exhibiting Microsoft’s commitment toward an interoperable web. As a result, developers can use a particular markup for different web browsers, thereby helping reduce support and development costs. The web standards supported include HTML5, CSS, scalable vector graphics, indexed database API, document object model, etc.
Adobe Flash is available as an IE 10 feature and comes with Windows 8 out-of-the-box. The feature can be turned off or on using the dialog box Manage Add-ons. Administrators can activate this feature using the setting Group Policy.
With a free add-on experience, IE 10 ensures browser plugins do not load and associated content is not displayed. But, IE 10 for desktop supports the plugins, which includes ActiveX controls like Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash.
Yes, you can do that using the Settings option. Moreover, administrators could use Group Policy for configuring IE 10 Group Policy settings. Certain default settings, like the search and homepage providers, could be customised via IEAK 10.