It seems that the next battlefield of different browsers will be the upcoming Windows 8. Mozilla and Google have already revealed their plans of working on their respective Metro-styled versions of Firefox and Chrome. Microsoft also revealed a lot about an IE 10 which will be available in both modes of Windows 8, as a metro app and as a standard desktop browser. Now Microsoft team has divulged the details regarding different security and feature improvements in IE 10 which are listed below.
According to Microsoft, the Metro version of IE 10 includes backwards and forwards swipe movements, which will be used to essentially mimic the ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons on the standard version of IE. Users who surf across Windows 8 using mouse controls will be able to view the web transport controls to the side of the browser’s interface.
Moreover, users will be able to ‘pin’ different websites which will be styled as ’tiles’ and will be available within the browser, quite like the bookmarks in the regular IE. Users can also pin websites directly to the Metro Start screen so that they could be launched directly without first launching the browser.
As far as the security improvement in IE 10 are concerned, Microsoft is touting an ‘Enhanced Protected Mode’ sandbox. This will be able to isolate the content each tab in a far better way, according to the company. Another feature that has been added to IE 10 and that has been long due in the browser is the ability to run per-tab InPrivate browsing rather than per-session (the way it has been in earlier versions of Internet Explorer).
Microsoft has also used a ForceASLR option which will ensure sufficient randomization of the modules loaded into the memory by the browser. The protection will be applied to the Windows 8 kernel and will also be ported back to Windows 7 as an update for IE 10.
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