Microsoft Talks About Live tiles For apps Websites And Improved Web Browsing Experience In Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Startscreen

Yesterday, Microsoft detailed the improvements around Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1 You can now have Live Tiles for your favorite websites.

Windows 8.1 with IE 11 introduces support for live tile notifications when you pin your favorite web sites. Your pinned sites can now be alive with activity, pulling data directly from the websites so your Start screen is updated with the latest posts, scores or stocks – information from the Web right on your Start screen.

Together with the Start screen team in Windows, we designed the live tile support for sites to enable all the same tile sizes and layouts that apps enjoy. We set out to make it as easy as possible for developers to build live tile notifications using the existing RSS feeds for their sites, and we built BuildMyPinnedsite.com to help developers to create beautiful tiles and live notification support with just a few clicks.

Windows 8.1 includes a cool feature that will increase your productivity during multitasking. When you open a web link inside an app, instead of IE opening in a full screen mode to load the link, it will now occupy 50% of the display and load the website alongside the app from which you opened the link.

The IE team works closely with the rest of Windows to ensure that IE is fast and fluid when following a link into the browser from another modern app, and when launching modern apps from the browser. We designed the 50/50 split specifically with the modern IE experience in mind, to make the most common patterns of using apps and websites together automatic on Windows. No other tablet makes side by side multitasking this easy.

There are also improvements such as IE11 automatically detects and highlights phone numbers on a webpage, new Reading View in IE11, HTML5 drag and drop support, new UI changes around address bar, etc. Read more from the link below.

Source: Microsoft

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  • Tirinti

    IE 11 has serious bug. There is no option to turn tabs and with tabs IE is as pathetic as firefox and chrome.

    • Emily the Strange

      to turn tabs? what does that even mean? Im sorry but i dont think thats a bug, and I dont know if you know what a bug is, because going by your words its not clear what you mean…

    • http://www.gamespot.com/users/Palantas Palantas

      I don’t follow.

  • harchestr

    I use to play Suburbia on IE 10 Facebook and cant do it after the update to IE 11.. Keeps telling me I need to update my Flash player which I tried to no success.

    • nohone

      Contact the author of Suburbia. Sometimes there is code that says “if IE version < 11 then generate error". They may just need to update their programming code now that Win8.1 is out. A developer does not know what the code will be like tomorrow or next year. When Google released Chrome version 438 tomorrow, the same thing would happen with them.

  • http://www.gamespot.com/users/Palantas Palantas

    Updating soon; excited.

    • Bugbog

      Updated! :)

  • Jameson

    Live tile notifications for pinned websites is insane!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

  • Bugbog

    I can confirm that web-browsing is Definitely improved (with no more annoying wait when going backwards), although I did prefer the [open] tabs displaying at the top, rather than from their new position at the bottom.

  • james braselton

    hi there puffin is windows 8 like ui and runs on ios android