On April 3rd, Microsoft announced an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 available with the Windows 8.1 Update and for Windows 7 customers as well as the debut of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The automatic updates will bring this to the devices right away.
People browse the Web on many devices, switching between their laptop, tablet, and phone throughout the day. This update to IE11 means that whatever device one picks up, the tabs and favourites are there for them, right where they left off. Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 share the same experience and underlying Web standards. This helps developers build interoperable sites and apps that just work across many browsers and devices. (That includes updates to the latest specs for hardware-accelerated (and stable) WebGL as well as professional quality rich media like HTML5 video including closed captioning, adaptive streaming, and rights management).
Introducing IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1
With Windows Phone 8.1 users now have access to the most modern and full-featured phone browser ever with IE11. In addition to the same underlying engine across device experiences, and roaming favourites and tabs between devices, Windows Phone now offers many of the same features as the modern IE users experience on Windows. With IE11 for Windows Phone and Live Sites users can now pin thier favourite sites directly to their Start Screen for information from the Web at a glance. Reading Mode helps users optimize the view of articles like they were reading a digital book on the phone. Voice Commands get users quickly to their favourite Web sites by speaking naturally to their device. IE11 for Windows Phone also includes InPrivate to keep users' browsing private. And to help users better manage their phone's data usage, the new High Savings Mode can be enabled to reduce data consumption by 60-80% through reducing image downloads and only loading elements of the page relevant to the content you want to view.
Updated IE11 for Windows 8.1
With this update, IE11 adapts users' browsing experience by detecting their Windows device and input type – whether an 8 inch tablet in portrait mode or a 24 inch desktop with mouse and keyboard. The Web is still front-and-center but new design enhancements make their browsing experience feel like it was made just for their device – like the number of tabs on-screen and the size of the fonts and menus. They can also now control when the browser remains on-screen or hides away for full-screen browsing depending on the type of device one uses.
Enterprise Mode helps organizations progress toward modern browsers
Available for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 provides improved Internet Explorer 8 compatibility for specified sites. Enabling enterprises to safely update to Internet Explorer 11 while maintaining great backwards compatibility for specific sites that were developed for Internet Explorer 8 or below. Organizations can designate that Enterprise Mode be enabled for specific sites so they can benefit from modern Web standards, better performance, and increased security of a modern Web browser, while reducing upgrade costs and extending legacy Web app investments. By improving backward compatibility for older versions of Internet Explorer, this also helps organization stay up-to-date with services such as Office 365 and deploy devices like the Surface Pro 2.
-Inputs from the IEBlog