Microsoft Is Planning To Make Substantial Changes To The Internet Explorer UI

With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft released a touch based IE to work well with touch devices. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft improved the user experience of the touch browser with lots of UI changes and new features such as browser sync across Windows devices. With all the releases, the UI of desktop version of IE remained the same. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looks like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser.

The user suggestion,

It would be brilliant if the favourites bar on future versions of IE could be the same colour as the windows 8 window colour – this would finally unify all aspects of IE, and make it all link together as on programme – rather than the favourites and menu bar looking like a crude add-on.
To finally be able to use IE as a whole browser, and being able to use the bookmarks bar without cringing every time you look at it would be a brilliant enhancement to the UI of the browser.

IE team’s reply,

Thanks for the feedback.
We’re making substantial changes to the UI, we’ll keep this in mind.

Are you satisfied with IE? What changes do you expect from Microsoft?

Source: Connect via: WinBeta

  • arc

    Boom Chika wow wow

  • Jim Cherry

    hopefully they’ll upgrade tab management while they are at it.

  • Qtek8020User

    Please don’t. It’s super easy, simple and glanceable as it is.

    • Plankboard

      Well, the settings could definitely use some simplification…

  • Simon Paul

    Good, they really should just copy Chromes’ UI layout just like Firefox did. Stylistically it should be Metro of course.

    • VARUNGUPTA1992

      Current Ie Ui is far better and clean than Chrome.

      • Simon Paul

        Metro maybe, but not desktop. Desktop, Chrome is still the best.

        • Flipper

          Maxthon looks better. The sidebar makes all the difference.

  • X

    I think ie UI is very intuitive, no need to ruin it :(

    • VARUNGUPTA1992

      Right.. All they need to make under hood Changes to render website better. IE becomes heck slow and lagy if website becomes heavy like browsing news feeds in fb… After some scrolls its difficult to scroll

      • Liberal Republic

        What version of IE do you use? IE 11 is really fast. I believe it is the fastest browser. It has the best debugging tools. I am a sales force developer and I found it to be more usable than any other browser.

        • VARUNGUPTA1992

          I am using IE11 on Windows 8.1
          Facebook problem is solved with Win8 app.
          But YouTube site also has problem… Interacting with page and player :(
          I don’t want to give up on Chrome.

          P.S. Rest sites work well, whichever I visit.

          • kevgallacher

            Yeah seems to have issues. So does google maps. Google doesn’t seem to give proper touch support on any Microsoft.

  • Joe_HTH

    The IE11 Metro on tablets and Windows 8 and RT completely obliterates other touch browser. It is by far the best touch web browser available.
    On WP8, it’s really good, but could be improved.

  • Brent Russell Rucker

    1990.. When the Chrome UI element was thick.