It’s all about the touch.
Following the release of Windows 8.1 Preview, users installing the following build will also be able to try the latest version of Internet Explorer 11, which seems to be aimed towards improving the touch based usage scenarios.
Now, depending on your usage, it might not look as exciting as you expect (considering that it will soon be a year since IE10 RTM’ed). Basically if all your do is use touch then Internet Explorer 11 is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.
Here’s what you can expect:
- GPU processed gestures and GPU offloaded image decoding, which will not only improve the overall responsiveness but also enhance your tablet/laptop battery life.
- Up to 100 tabs per window (apparently, there was a limit before, which, at least for the Windows Phone version is 6 tabs).
- Full support for Favorite sites with folders and custom tile pictures.
- Swipe gestures for faster navigation with page prediction and pre-rendering, which will load a previous or next page instantly.
- New developer tools (click here for some screenshots)
- SPDY/3 and WebGL support (Microsoft notes that IE11 will scan for unsafe WebGL content and implements a software-based renderer to complement the GPU).
- … and more
Interestingly enough, Microsoft is yet to reveal some of the Internet Explorer 11 features, SPDY support being one of them, which was not detailed in the IE Blog post.
Anyway, if you are curious to read more about the touch UI based improvements, head over to the following page or just download IE11 below.
Windows 8.1 Preview
Posted June 26, 2013 – 9:58 pm in: Windows 8 Guides
At BUILD 2013 conference in San Francisco, Microsoft today released the Preview version of “.1” update to Windows 8. All PC users running Windows 8 can now upgrade their installations to Windows 8.1 Preview by installing this update and then following on-screen instructions.
To help Vista and Windows 7 users, Microsoft is offering Windows 8.1 Preview as an ISO file as well so that interested Vista and Windows 7 users can easily test drive Windows 8.1 on their machines by installing Windows 8.1 in dual boot with Vista or Windows 7.
The ISO file is also useful for those who want to dual boot Windows 8.1 Preview with Windows 8 to avoid reinstalling apps and programs when the final (RTM) build is released.
To download Windows 8.1 ISO file, you need to head over to the below mentioned download link and then sign-in with your Microsoft account (Outlook.com, Live, MSN or Hotmail) to start downloading the ISO file. Depending on your Internet connection speed and load on Microsoft servers, it might take a few minutes to hours to complete downloading the ISO file.
Once you have the ISO file, follow our how to install Windows 8 from ISO file or how to install Windows 7/Windows 8 from USB flash drive guide to successfully install Windows 8.1 on your PC. Mac users can follow our how to install Windows 8 on Mac guide to create a separate partition for Windows 8.1 and then install Windows 8.1 using Boot Camp Assistant.
And if you have a Microsoft TechNet or MSDN subscription, we suggest you download the ISO file from your account to get better download speed.
The download size of Windows 8.1 Preview (x86) is 2660 MB and x64 is 3580 MB.
Note that you’ll need to use NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F as the product key to install and activate your Windows 8.1 Preview copy.
NOTE: At this moment, Windows 8.1 ISO files are available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers only.