Microsoft Details Internet Explorer Experience On Xbox One, The Best Web On TV

Xbox One IE

Microsoft today detailed the Internet Explorer experience for Xbox One. Internet Explorer for Xbox One comes with support for modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3, so all your websites should look the same as in desktop.

With Xbox One you can navigate the web with your voice, use gesture input with Kinect, grab an Xbox One controller, or pick up a companion device with the Xbox SmartGlass app. Finally, any pinned sites or favorites you saved in Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 will be pulled forward to your Xbox One.

Apart from web standards support, Microsoft has also added feature like website pinning, multiple tabs, inPrivate browsing, SmartScreen, Cookie blocking, and Do Not Track. As you expect, IE supports snap mode in Xbox One as well. As it is a Xbox One app, it supports voice and gesture as well.

Hands off

Xbox One features brand new support for gesture navigation, where you can use your hands to navigate with Kinect, as well as voice navigation support.

Just say “Xbox, Select” when Internet Explorer is running, and you’ll see a list of the different voice commands that are available. Probably the most popular commands are “Browse to” and “Click On.” Internet Explorer uses the latest Kinect speech technology to let you browse to your favorite sites and click on any link on a page – all without lifting a finger.  Xbox recognizes the most-visited websites in your locale, plus all of your favorite sites. So if you’re looking for the news, you can just say “Browse to New York Times.”

This list is tailored to you, and you can customize it as you’d like –even rename them to something more memorable.

With “Click on,” you can activate any link on the page. Just say “Click on… <followed by whatever you want to click on>.” For really long links, you can just say a few of the words. Internet Explorer will still understand. Plus, this is implemented in a web standards respectful way, so it will work with existing websites, with no extra work required by developers. Once on a page, you can use voice to scroll through the page, play back embedded media, view video full-screen, add to favorites and more. Just say “Xbox, Select,” and you’ll see options as to what you can say.

Hands up

Gesture commands are pretty cool. They’re brand new for Internet Explorer on Xbox One.

Just reach out, and grab the page. Then move your hand up or down to pan around the page.  You can also pull the page toward you to zoom in or push it away to zoom out. Move your open hand over a link and press it to click on it. And if the links are too close together on a page, the page will automatically zoom in so you can more easily choose one to press.

Read more about it here.

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  • Adrian Remus

    This. Is. Awesome!

  • Kalel16

    Will IE on xbox one support flash like it does in windows RT

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I.E. is awesome :-D

  • scotthumble

    Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and PS4 have nothing on Xbox One. If your a gamer, they will have the best launch titles with others like Titanfall on the horizon. If you are looking for a home entertainment hub, there is nothing else like it. If you just want to see what happens when they turn up the wick for Azure in millions of homes all over the globe, you don’t HAVE to get an Xbox One but you won’t have as much fun.

    • NGM123

      Be great if they also bought out a stripped down version as well, for the non gamer crowd, so just a media centre with Kinect attached and reasonably priced. Could see it truly revolutionizing the lounge rooms of the world then, either via XBox One or just the One?

  • DKJr

    This is so awesome. Hope implementation is just as great as they make sound. I’m sold, just allow me buy the One.