Following last September’s release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview, we heard a lot about giving you the option to control which experience of Internet Explorer—Metro style or on the desktop —to launch when clicking a link in another application. In the Windows Consumer Preview, IE10 offers you that control.
By default, Windows 8 Consumer Preview opens links using the flavor of Internet Explorer that matches your current environment: if you’re running a Metro style application, following a link launches Metro style IE10; if you’re running a desktop application, following a link launches IE10 on the desktop. You can override this default behavior using the Programs tab of the Internet Properties dialog.
[h=2]Opening Links[/h]The first setting of the Browser Launch Settings (labeled “Choose how you open links”) controls what happens when you click a link in another program. Your choices include:
Options for Opening Links
Let Internet Explorer decide
Launch links based on the environment you are in
Always in Internet Explorer
Launch links in the Windows 8 (Metro style) environment
Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop
Launch links in the desktop environment
The default for this setting is “Let Internet Explorer decide.” In other words, links will launch into the appropriate experience based on the invoking context—desktop or Metro style. Links will open in the desktop IE10 when a link is clicked from a desktop application, for example, Microsoft Word, and in Metro style IE10 when a link is opened from a Metro style application.
[h=2]Opening Internet Explorer from the Start Screen[/h]In addition to controlling how Windows opens links, the Browser Launch Settings also provide users with options on how Internet Explorer application tiles launch from the Start screen. Internet Explorer’s application tile is the default launching point for the browser on the Start screen. You create pinned site tiles when you pin sites to the Start screen. The setting “Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop” controls what happens when you click the Internet Explorer or pinned site tile.
Options for opening Internet Explorer Tiles
Launch in the Windows 8 (Metro style) environment
Launch in the desktop environment
[h=2]Launch Options and Browser Defaults[/h]IE10 is available in both Metro style and desktop experiences when it is the default browser. If Internet Explorer is not your default browser, only desktop IE is available and you cannot change IE’s Browser Launch Settings. The “Choose how you open links” option on the Programs tab of the Internet Properties dialog will be disabled (“grayed out”) when IE is not the default browser:
[h=2]Conclusion[/h]IE10 offers you a full-screen, immersive site experience. We’ve found that many people – even those with the most enthusiastic and intense browsing patterns – prefer Metro style browsing because it’s less manual and more focused on what you browse than on how you browse. That said, for some browsing, IE on the desktop continues to play an important role. The Browser Launch Settings allow you to change the default settings for a “no compromises” experience.
Try out these settings, and let us know what you think. We look forward to your feedback here and on Connect.
—Kevin Luu, Program Manager, Internet Explorer
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