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Internet Explorer 10 FAQ for IT Pros

This topic provides a set of frequently asked questions about Internet Explorer 10. Topics addressed include Internet Explorer 10 features for IT pros, how Internet Explorer 10 integrates with Windows 8, and what operating systems Internet Explorer 10 runs on. We also answer questions about Group Policy settings and other configuration matters.

How do I install Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8?

Internet Explorer 10 is preinstalled with Windows 8. No additional action is required.

How does Internet Explorer 10 integrate with Windows 8?

Internet Explorer 10 is the default handler for the HTTP and HTTPS protocols and the default browser for Windows 8. There are two experiences in Windows 8: Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer for the desktop. Internet Explorer is the default browser for touch-first, immersive experiences. Internet Explorer for the desktop provides a more traditional window and tab management experience. The underlying platform of Internet Explorer 10 is fully interoperable across both Internet Explorer and the familiar Internet Explorer for the desktop, enabling developers to write the same markup for both experiences.

What operating systems does Internet Explorer 10 run on?

Internet Explorer 10 is supported on the following operating systems and platforms:

  • Windows 8

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Windows 7 SP1

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

Which security features are new or improved in Internet Explorer 10?

Internet Explorer 10 supports enhanced memory protection and the HTML5 sandbox attribute, as well as Enhanced Protected Mode.

The HTML5 sandbox attribute enables security restrictions for iframe elements that contain untrusted content. These restrictions enhance security by preventing untrusted content from performing potentially malicious actions. For more information, see HTML5 sandbox attribute on the Internet Explorer Developer Center.

Enhanced Protected Mode provides additional security. It's enabled by default in Internet Explorer, and can be enabled for Internet Explorer for the desktop through Group Policy and Internet Options on the Tools menu.

What privacy features are new or improved in Internet Explorer 10?

The privacy features in Internet Explorer 9 persist in Internet Explorer 10, including Tracking Protection functionality, which helps protect users from being tracked online or when using the InPrivate browsing mode.

What improvements does Internet Explorer 10 provide in supporting modern web standards such as HTML5?

Internet Explorer 10 demonstrates our commitment to an interoperable web by supporting modern web standards. Doing so enables developers to use the same markup across web browsers, helping to reduce development and support costs. Modern web standards that Internet Explorer 10 supports include:

  • HTML5 (Asynchronous script execution, AppCache API, channel messaging, drag-and-drop APIs, history, parsing, Sandbox, Spellcheck, video, Web Workers, WebSockets).

  • Cascading Style Sheets, Level 3 (Advanced Layout, Visual Effects, Panning and Zooming, Removal of Style Sheet limits).

  • Document Object Model (advanced hit-testing APIs, media query listeners, XMLHttpRequest enhancements, and pointer and gesture events).

  • Indexed Database API.

  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG, filters).

For more information about specific changes and additions, see the Internet Explorer 10 Guide for Developers.

Are there any test tools to accurately test for application compatibility with Internet Explorer 10?

Yes. The Compat Inspector tool supports Internet Explorer 9, and Internet Explorer 10. See the IE blog, IE10 Compat Inspector, for more information.

Is there a compatibility list for Internet Explorer 10?

Yes. You can review the XML-based compatibility list.

Are browser plugins, such as Silverlight, supported in Internet Explorer 10?

Internet Explorer provides an add-on–free experience, so browser plugins don't load and dependent content isn't displayed. However, Internet Explorer for the desktop does support browser plugins, including ActiveX controls such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. See the IE blog, Browsing Without Plug-ins, for more information.

Is Adobe Flash supported on Internet Explorer 10?

Internet Explorer 10 includes Adobe Flash as a platform feature and is available out-of-the-box for Windows 8, on both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer for the desktop. Users can turn this feature on or off using the Manage Add-ons dialog box, while administrators can turn this feature on or off using the Group Policy setting, Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects.

Can I replace Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 with an earlier version of Internet Explorer?

No. Windows 8 supports Internet Explorer 10. Windows 8 does not support earlier versions of Internet Explorer.

Does Internet Explorer 10 add any new Group Policy settings?

Internet Explorer 10 includes the nearly 1,500 Group Policy settings from Internet Explorer 9 that IT pros can use to manage and control the web browser configuration. It also provides new Group Policy settings to support its new features. These include:

  • Do not allow ActiveX controls to run in Protected Mode when Enhanced Protected Mode is enabled

  • Turn on Enhanced Protected Mode

  • Allow websites to store application caches on client computers

  • Allow websites to store indexed databases on client computers

  • Set application cache storage limits for individual domains

  • Set application caches expiration time limit for individual domains

  • Set default storage limits for websites

  • Set indexed database storage limits for individual domains

  • Set maximum application cache individual resource size

  • Set maximum application caches storage limit for all domains

  • Set maximum indexed database storage limit for all domains

  • Start Internet Explorer with tabs from last browsing session

  • Turn off URL Suggestions

  • Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop

  • Set how links are opened in Internet Explorer

  • Set the maximum number of WebSocket connections per server

  • Turn off the WebSocket Object

  • Do not display the reveal password button

  • Install new versions of Internet Explorer automatically

  • Enable dragging of content from different domains across windows

  • Enable dragging of content from different domains within a window

  • Always send Do Not Track header

  • Notify users if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser

  • Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects

  • Turn off flip ahead feature

For more information, see Group Policy Settings in Internet Explorer 10.

Is there a version of Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to support Internet Explorer 10?

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 (IEAK 10) is currently available. You can download IEAK 10, create a customized version of Internet Explorer 10, and test it in a non-production environment. For more information, see the following resources:

Is there a version of the Blocker Toolkit to prevent automatic installations of Internet Explorer 10?

Yes. Blocker Toolkit for Internet Explorer 10 is available. For the download and more information, see Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 10 on the Microsoft Download Center.

Where can I access more information about Internet Explorer 10 for IT pros?

Visit the Internet Explorer 10 Springboard Series for Internet Explorer 10 on TechNet.

Can I customize settings for Internet Explorer on Windows 8?

You can configure the Internet Explorer 10 settings that are available on the Settings charm. Also, administrators can use Group Policy to configure Group Policy settings for Internet Explorer 10. Some default settings, such as the homepage and search providers, are shared by both browsing experiences and can be customized using IEAK 10.

Can Internet Explorer for the desktop be my default browsing experience?

You can set specific entry points to open in either Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer for the desktop as the default launch experience, but you can't associate a specific file type or protocol to a particular experience.

How do I configure Internet Explorer 10 to use Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer for the desktop for specific entry points?

Admins can use Group Policy settings to configure how links and tiles are opened. Individual users can configure their own settings in the Programs tab of Internet Options. The following table shows the settings and results:

 

Setting

Result

Let Internet Explorer decide

Links open in the type of experience where they're launched. For example, if you click a link from a Windows Store app, Internet Explorer displays the resulting page.

If you click a link from a desktop app, the link opens in Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Always in Internet Explorer

Links open in Internet Explorer.

Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop

Links open in Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Revision history

The following table summarizes changes to this published content.

 

Milestone

Change

Internet Explorer 10 Final Release

Updates to reflect the final version of Internet Explorer 10, including the support for Windows 7 SP1 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

New

Windows 8 Release Preview.

  • Updates to questions for Windows 8 Release Preview.

  • Added new question about Adobe Flash availability.

Windows 8

Updating version information.

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 Pre-Release

Adding information about IEAK 10 Pre-Release.

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 Final Release

Removed all pre-release information and updated to final version.

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