Internet Explorer 11: the Review

Internet Explorer 11.0 was released with Windows 8.1 on October 17, 2013 — less than twelve months after IE10. Relatively few users therefore have it installed and last month’s browser trends indicate it’s been adopted by just 0.13% of web users. That will increase rapidly when the Windows 7 version is released … which could be very soon.

IE11 reviews are surprisingly rare on the web. It’s mentioned in Windows 8.1 reviews but the browser has been largely met with indifference. That’s a little unfair so let’s set the record straight…

Installation

At the time of writing, IE11 is only available to those upgrading to Windows 8.1. If you’re using Windows 8, open the Windows Store and you should see an upgrade link. It’ll depend on your system, but expect to download around half a Gigabyte of updates — fortunately, you can carry on working, shut down or restart mid-way through the process.

After download, the full upgrade takes around 15 minutes and seems painless for most. I had a couple of issues; networking failed (I needed to delete and recreate the Hyper-V virtual switch) and my SQL Server services disappeared? Another PC with less software went without a hitch, though.

As a side note, Windows 8.1 is an improvement. Smaller tiles are useful and it’s easier to reach all apps. The Start button is back but it’s only a shortcut to the Start screen. Ironically, following a year of daily Windows 8 use, I don’t miss the Start button and would happily remove it — but there’s no option to do that!

Interface

No surprises here. IE11 in both desktop and Windows 8 UI-style (Metro) looks identical to IE10 (or 9 before that):

IE11

It may not be the prettiest browser but it’s clean, functional and permits you to concentrate on the page rather than the application. You can move tabs to a separate row and add the menu, status, command and favorites bar — but you probably won’t.

Web Standards

As you’d expect, IE11 surpasses IE10:

Browser HTML5test.com acid3.acidtests.org
Internet Explorer 11 355+6 / 500 100 / 100
Internet Explorer 10 320+6 / 500 100 / 100
Internet Explorer 9 138+5 / 500 95 / 100
Chrome 29 463+13 / 500 100 / 100
Firefox 24 414+10 / 500 100 / 100

While IE remains below the levels achieved by Chrome and Firefox, the missing facilities are mostly recent, niche or deprecated HTML5 features such as the Web Audio API, Web SQL Database and codec support (which may appear if you have them installed in Windows). In practice, you’re unlikely to encounter more issues in IE than you would with any other browser.

The big new feature is WebGL … it seems Microsoft has overcome their security risk concerns. First impressions are good and performance appears to be better than Chrome and Firefox. There are some excellent demonstrations of the technology at babylonjs.com.

Other new features include:

  1. the Fullscreen and Screen Orientation APIs
  2. CSS Flexbox and border image support
  3. SPDY support
  4. JavaScript enhancements such as block-scoped variables, container objects, an Internationalization API and the __proto__ property
  5. DOM mutation observers
  6. the Web Cryptography API (to send secure data without requiring SSL)
  7. video text track support
  8. encrypted media (DRM) support
  9. an improved HTML editor.

You should also note that legacy APIs such as document.all and attachEvent have been binned in IE11 (see Compatibility below).

For me, the only disappointment is the continued omission of transform-style: preserve-3d; when applying 3D transformations to multiple elements. It may not be essential, but it’s very useful.

Innovations

Yes, you read that title correctly. IE11 has some innovations you won’t necessarily find in other browsers yet. The features include:

  • High DPI support — enhanced scaling for high-resolution screens.
  • Improved Windows integration such as phone number recognition, live tiles and reading view.
  • Back button navigation caching.
  • Pre-rendering; add rel="prerender" to any link and the page will load in the background so it’s available when the user proceeds to it.
  • Pre-fetching; a rel="prefetch" attribute identifies resource files (not necessarily used on the page) which can be downloaded and stored in the cache.
  • DNS-prefetch; add rel="dns-prefetch" to any link so DNS queries are resolved in the background to ensure requests can be handled faster.

Network prioritization is an interesting optimization. IE11 prioritizes individual network requests by type to provide the fastest user experience and ensure the page is usable sooner. The general order is the HTML, CSS, fonts, scripts, images, synchronous Ajax requests, asynchronous script requests (Web Workers, indexedDB, File API, etc), asynchronous Ajax requests, audio/video and deferred scripts.

Microsoft has been working hard on touch support to ensure HTML5 controls work well on tablets and smartphones. IE11 also complies with recent changes to the W3C Pointer Events Recommendation. The technology was introduced by Microsoft so events can be handled in a hardware agnostic way; it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a mouse, pen, touchscreen — or perhaps a certain motion sensor on a particular soon-to-be-released games console!

Currently, Pointer Events are only supported in IE but Microsoft has been working with the Mozilla, Webkit and Blink communities to bring the API to Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. Prototypes are already available.

Compatibility

In general, I’ve not experienced any issues with IE and it renders as you’d expect.

Unless you’re sniffing user agents.

Of course, you shouldn’t be doing that. Unfortunately, problems have been reported with several Google products and even Outlook web access because they look for “MSIE” in the user agent string. IE11’s user agent is:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko

There’s no sign of “MSIE” and it’s not surprising Microsoft removed it. Some sites detect the string to make IE to show a degraded layout or switch to legacy APIs such as document.all. That sort of nonsense no longer works; IE11 is closer to Chrome or Firefox than it is to IE8.

I’ve said this many, many times but, if you’re sniffing browser strings, you’re doing something wrong! There are a few exceptions such as statistics collation, but those situations are rare.

Performance

IE10 seemed fast but the benchmarks told a different story. The following tests were performed on my development PC — I can’t claim strict laboratory conditions, but they were carried out multiple times in a single tab following a warm restart of each browser:

Test IE11 Chrome 30 Firefox 26
Webkit SunSpider (lower = better) 128.8ms 199.4ms 193.6ms
Google V8 (higher = better) 11,050 18,321 16,137
MS 2,000 fish fps (higher = better) 15 15 14
WebGL 1,000 fish fps (higher = better) 60 53 45

IE11 is the outright winner in two tests and joint first on another. WebGL is especially impressive. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it only falls behind in Google’s V8 benchmark.

Benchmarks do not reflect real usage and can be swayed to prove whatever you like. All the browsers are quick and you’ll rarely encounter performance problems. That said, IE11 is genuinely impressive; it seems to open, close and render faster than any other browser. If you switched to Chrome for speed alone, you’re now using the wrong browser.

Memory Usage

With five tabs opened to the same sites, my PC recorded the following memory use:

  • IE11: 168Mb
  • Firefox 26: 225Mb
  • Chrome 30: 401Mb

It’s possible Windows 8 has other background processes running which aid IE11, but I couldn’t find any obvious candidates. Firefox is a little hungrier and Chrome is a resource glutton which also started around twenty sub-processes!

The only downside is that IE11, like Chrome, will reload all your tabs when the browser is restarted. I’m surprised neither Microsoft or Google has followed Mozilla’s lead in only downloading on demand.

Customization and Add-ons

IE’s range of add-ons remains disappointing compared to the Firefox, Chrome and even Safari eco-systems. The majority are commercial extensions which have little practical benefit. But is that a problem?

If you want a highly-customizable browsing experience, Firefox is the undisputed champion with thousands of add-ons which can change any aspect of the application. If you only require a few basic enhancements, Chrome has a good range of extensions with more limited capabilities.

Is Internet Explorer 11 the best option for users who just want a fast browser without the frills? My advice to Microsoft: scrap IE’s extension systems. Few companies create IE add-ons and it would be difficult to entice power users from Firefox and Chrome. Keep IE lightweight and stop users accidentally installing dubious toolbars!

Developer Tools

I’ve been critical of IE’s developer tools in the past but they’ve been completely overhauled in IE11.

IE11

There’s too much to cover here and I’ve written about the tools previously but the highlights include:

  • right-click to inspect
  • a full console API for logging, tracing etc.
  • code auto-completion in the console
  • device emulation for oldIEs, Responsive Web Design and GPS
  • a UI responsiveness tool: profile pages as they run and detect issues
  • a memory profiler
  • script highlighting and reformatting
  • no-refresh breakpoints
  • break on new web worker
  • perhaps the best-looking developer tools on any browser?

If you’re using Firebug, Firefox’s Developer Tools, or Chrome’s Inspector you’ll be more than happy using the new F12 tools. If I had to be hyper-critical, it would be nice if you didn’t have to click icons to begin some profiling options, but that’s a minor niggle and I guess it’s been implemented for performance reasons.

Conclusion

A few years ago, I wrote 10 Ways Microsoft Could Make Us Love IE Again. Microsoft has solved six issues. I’m especially pleased they’ve stopped the embarrassing competitor comparisons and concentrated on improving the browser and standards compliance. (Ironically, IE11 is finally a match for the competitors!)

I’m no longer convinced IE requires a beautiful interface or better a add-ons system, so that’s another two points down. While it would have been great if they’d done something for XP users, the problem has lessened over time. That leaves one: introduce a rapid release schedule. Microsoft has been reducing the schedule every release but I would still like to see an incremental set of updates or perhaps a new release every six to eight months.

IE11 plus points:

  • Perhaps the fastest browser you can get
  • An unobtrusive interface with excellent OS integration
  • Excellent standards support including WebGL — legacy APIs have gone
  • Vastly improved Developer Tools
  • Secure and resource-efficient

IE11 negative points:

  • Only available on Windows 8.1 (although Windows 7 is coming)
  • Few customization possibilities and poor add-ons
  • No support for transform-style: preserve-3d;
  • Microsoft has a slower release schedule than other vendors
  • We still need to deal with older versions of the browser.

It feels strange saying it, but Internet Explorer 11 is an amazing browser. Don’t be blinkered by the past; if you want a fast, streamlined, standards-compliant browsing experience, swallow your pride and try IE11.

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  • Anonymous

    I really wish that IE had better extension/add-on support. While I like some of the dev tools enhancements, they actually removed some really useful features. Browser resizing, rulers, color pickers are all very useful dev features which are missing in the latest dev tools incarnation and without a great plugin model there is no easy way to add these features back on.

  • Eric Lawrence

    Your score for IE9 on the ACID3 test is no longer correct. The ACID3 test was changed after IE9 was released to remove tests for non-standard technologies that were never added to IE and were slated for removal from other browsers. IE9 presently scores 100 on the ACID3 test for the same reason IE10+ do.

  • amidude

    Maxthon for the win!

  • CZ

    Anything that show that Chrome isn’t as awesome as everyone thinks it is is good in my book. And I still use Chrome sometimes. I just don’t get why everyone thinks it’s the greatest thing ever.

    • Anonymous

      I tend to agree. Personally, I find Chrome (or specifically webkit/blink) causes more development hassles than any other browser. It’s good they add new features quickly, but they take an age remove vendor prefixes and fix broken stuff. The jQuery team has also stated that v2.0 has more webkit than IE fixes. It’s still a great browser, but certainly isn’t as perfect as some make out.

  • dzdeveloper

    chrome > Firefox > opera > Maxthon > ie11 . FIN

  • Anton

    - Back button navigation caching.
    – Pre-rendering; add rel=”prerender” to any link and the page will load in the background so it’s available when the user proceeds to it.
    – Pre-fetching; a rel=”prefetch” attribute identifies resource files (not necessarily used on the page) which can be downloaded and stored in the cache.

    It’s not innovations. Other browsers have long been able to do this. And do not lose the status of the DOM and user data in going back. And prerender able to:

    – for Chrome – for FF

    and why it was necessary divide prerender and precache not entirely clear. Can be combined into a single function. In general, engineers and programmers microsoft very strange people.
    It is better to do a short series of updates and applies to all new features like other – a timely manner.
    Portend so policy of slow and inexorable death. RIP Microsoft.

    • Anonymous

      As I understand, pre-render will fetch and cache a whole page because you expect the user to click a link – perhaps a “Next” button on a series of slides.

      Pre-fetching is subtly different. Say you used common resources throughout a web application, such as images, CSS and JavaScript. Your website which linked to the app wouldn’t need those, but it could ask the browser to fetch certain files so they’re ready. Pre-render wouldn’t necessarily be practical since it may only link to a login page.

  • John Faulds

    IE11 is now available to download for Windows 7. I updated my Pc this morning.

  • Anonymous

    Just to note that IE11 was released for Window 7 yesterday, probably an hour or two after this was posted (which is typical of course!)

  • justanotherjoe

    I think you’re missing a section in your article about security review in IE11

    • Anonymous

      I did consider it but security is generally good across all the browsers. IE has often come out best in tests too, but I don’t think it’s possible to rank browser security. After all, one critical problem could be worse than 1,000 minor ones. Put it this way, it’s been many years since I’ve been concerned enough to avoid using a specific browser.

  • Rob

    If the only technical negatives you could find for the ending list is for ‘transform-style’ then that invalidates this whole article and makes me question your expertise in such matters. Have you never looked at caniuse.com or tried html5test.com or the multitude of others that show IE11, as with all IE browsers, brings up the rear end by far? IE11 gets 355 compared to Chrome’s 463 but you think IE11 can match it?

    I know you’ll also say, “Oh there’s lots of tests out there.”, but you can’t ignore them all. IE11 is the worst of the major browsers and you’re pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes.

    • Anonymous

      @Rob4. I’ve reported the html5test results above. You should look at the details of what’s missing – the vast majority are inconsequential. For example, WebSQL has been depreciated but it remains a test so Webkit/Blink browsers score a little higher. WebP – a Google innovation – is another test, but it doesn’t have widespread support and few graphics packages can generate them. Then, IE11 drops a few points if you don’t have certain media codecs installed – even though you can add them in Windows.

      Chrome supports more web standards than IE11 or Firefox but there’s a very slim chance they’ll cause you development issues. I’d also like to know why webkit/Blink browsers aren’t downgraded for not removing stable vendor prefixes?

      • Rob

        @Eric When you ignore the truth, there are a lot of more serious names for that. Or do you not understand what I showed?

        • Anonymous

          “When you ignore the truth, there are a lot of more serious names for that. Or do you not understand what I showed?”

          The only name I can think of is “realist”. Or anything which is the opposite of “delusional conspiracy theorist”…

          I don’t understand what you showed? What did you show? You’ve pointed at the html5test scores and claimed it’s proof that IE11 is a bad browser. But, unlike my review above, you haven’t looked at what those scores mean or highlighted a single feature which raises development concerns.

          It’s like saying Ferrari make crap cars because they don’t have ashtrays.

      • Rob

        @craigbuckler You just posted that IE11 doesn’t support as many standards as Chrome (and it doesn’t as many as Firefox either) yet you then ask me what it doesn’t do well even though I already pointed you to two tests and lists. Like most Microsoft supporters, you pick and choose what you want to pay attention to and attempt to downplay the points in front of your face.

        The fact is this: YOU don’t get to pick and choose what standard elements, properties and APIs are “inconsequential” as if they are meaningless to those who develop for the web. By not providing well rounded support as good as any other browser, IE11 makes our jobs more difficult and holds back the web. You, of all people, should already know that and I shouldn’t have to explain it to you.

        • Anonymous

          “Like most Microsoft supporters” … there you go, Craig. You’re branded. For life. For respecting one Microsoft product. This may come as a surprise to regular readers. Rob: you need to relax. For the rest of us, it just isn’t that big a deal. You can hate IE11 if you want, but it isn’t hurting anyone. It isn’t making your job more difficult and it’s not holding back the web. Don’t be silly.

        • Anonymous

          @Rob. Actually, Rob I do get to pick what becomes a standard element. Like many thousands of others, I’m a W3C member. You can join yourself.

          IE11 scores lower but the failed html5tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage. If you’ve adopted WebSQL you’re going to have a tough time. While there was a move to make WebSQL a W3C standard, it was dropped so it’s now a proprietary Webkit/Blink technology. If you’re using WebSQL as your sole data storage mechanism, it’s as bad as using IE6-only ActiveX components a decade ago.

          I suggest you examine the missing features. Stop the ambiguous moaning and highlight which issues concern you. Microsoft listens to developers, but they can only address specific problems. Constructive criticism is good.

          As for being a “Microsoft supporter”, I use their products but I suggest you read my reviews of IE8, 9 and 10 and Windows 7 and 8. As you, I’m more than willing to highlight problems. However, I’m also willing to give credit where it’s due. Ranting about IE in 2007 may have been justified, but perhaps you should change as much as IE has?

  • Johnnythegeek

    Perhaps the reality is that all browsers do a outstanding job for most users. So none of them are any more or less great, just different. If a browser truly was so important. One would think they would charge you for them. Most of us use at least one and some geeks probably have three or more installed. Some users probably never heard of any browser but Internet Explorer. That’s fine! Its a browser and it works for most people. Now it works even better!

  • Victor

    @Rob4 IE has much better implementations of typography features, for instance: way better font rendering, hyphenation, etc. Border-radius are better drawn than in Chrome, vw and vh units (which are amazingly useful for responsive design) work really well, while in Chrome they are buggy and don’t respond to browser resize. In general, IE11 supports all the major features in a really polished implementation. Chrome and Firefox are obviously great browsers also, but these tests ponctuation are not entirely accurate to describe the ease of producing and testing websites for each browser. I would say that besides old-IE not getting upgraded we’re living the best times for a web dev.

  • Rob

    Victor1 No supporter of IE agrees with any tests no matter who does them or what they show unless they are provided by Microsoft. While you can point to a few elements that may work well in IE, that’s ignoring the multitude of properties that IE does not do well if at all. Suffice to say, IE is always a laggard when it comes to support of modern standards and practices, and no amount of cherry picking is going to change that fact.

  • Christian

    Tried downloading IE11 for Windows 7 but got a message saying it didn’t support my OS even though my OS is Windows 7.

  • Eric Lawrence

    @Christian: Do you have Windows 7 SP1 installed? If so, you can mail your setup logs (in the Windows folder) to me and I’ll have a look or get the IE team to investigate. bayden at g mail.

    @Rob: When you complain and insult without specifics, that’s called trolling.

  • Anonymous

    @Rob OK, tell us: what are these features IE11 doesn’t do well?

    I can understand your confusion. It’s difficult to accept Microsoft has finally produced a great browser which addresses the majority of complaints we’ve made over the years. Don’t take my word for it. Don’t trust other reviews or automated tests. Try it for yourself and let us know what you like and dislike.

  • Anonymous

    @Craig – The thing that would be interesting is to see a chart of “standard” features that are really supported. I get tired of seeing browsers saying they support a feature, but what they really mean is that they have a browser prefixed variant. In my book, that is not really supporting a feature since it requires devs to code specifically to a browser which is exactly what standards are supposed to alleviate.

  • Christian

    Think Craig has made a pretty good case for himself here.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome Review Craig – I appreciate your writings and impartial perspective. Keep up the good work!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Jay – appreciate the feedback.

  • gary

    i downloaded ie 11 it was not so easy to figure how to clean my browser cache as they change the f12
    dashboard uninstalled back too ie10 as a back up sooner use chrome

    • Anonymous

      Gary – if you switch to the Network tab, there’s an “Always refresh from server” icon. Or you can use Ctrl+F5.

  • Raju

    Is OWC Activex Controls work in IE 11?

  • garytucson@yahoo.com

    My experience with ie11 with win7 is that it isn’t any faster than ie9 and, like ie10, it isn’t ready for prime time yet. Just three examples: It doesn’t update my profile information on my yahoo home page (my portfolio, mail and calendar simply failed everytime I started the internet), it garbled the HTML output on my eBay listings and is as slow as ie9 in rendering any page I went to. I tried it for three days and ended up reverting back to ie9 because it at least doesn’t fail at rendering pages correctly. My browser of choice is Torch – it has everything Chrome has, plus torrent, media and audio download capabilities built in, plus all the add ons Chrome offers. It is faster than ie9 and I have never seen it, in the year I’ve been using it, fail to load a page correctly. In my limited use before giving up on what was nothing short of frustrating, there is nothing about ie11 that makes it “an amazing browser that offers a fast, streamlined, standards-compliant browsing experience”.

    • Anonymous

      It’s possible IE11 on Windows 7 isn’t as “optimised” as Windows 8, but I found it significantly faster. I’m not sure eBay is a particularly good test since it’s messy HTML injected with user content but, again, I haven’t found any significant issues. Not sure about Yahoo, but any site indulging in browser sniffing could have problems.

  • Jim

    Does it still have fuzzy fonts? I switched to firefox as a result of fuzzy fints but my books don’t sync with Apple and i would like to go back to IE.

  • Paul H

    If you have 4 tabs open, IE11 is unstable, more than 4, forget it – even with all the updates and no add-ons or extensions. Didn’t MS have a problem with multiple tabs when it released IE8? Obviously didn’t learn anything and still no-one actually tests MS software for use in the real world.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks GaryTucson. I’m running win 7 and was contemplating loading ie11untill reading your comments.. Think I’ll stay with ie9

    • Lionel Beck

      I’m stuck with IE9 because any attempt to install IE10 or indeed 11 is met by installation failure. I’m then required to read pages of Microsoft technical stuff dealing with all the known reasons for failure, then waste time trying to find the right way to tweak my PC to make installation possible. It should not be necessary for the average user to turn himself or herself into an amateur computer geek just to install a browser! So I’ve given up, and I’m a happy user of Google Chrome.

  • Eric D

    I ran into an issue, not sure if it was caused by the windows 8.1 upgrade or IE11, and I still haven’t found a fix for it.
    I am unable to enter text into any password field. This goes from email accounts to router login pages. Pretty much I have this issue with any website (not on my computer login, so I’m ruling out windows 8.1 being the culprit.). Usernames and other typing fields work fine, passwords are the only difficulty, though I can still copy and paste into the password fields.
    I know this isn’t a tech support forum, I just want to put another issue I’ve seen out there. But as you said, there aren’t many IE11 reviews out there, so if anyone has any ideas on a solution, it would be appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      That sounds very odd. Is it that the passwords can’t be seen even though you’re typing something and the field is accepting them? I’d guess that was the case if copy/paste works.

      • Eric D

        I thought it may have been just a masked password, but it wasn’t letting anything enter in the field at all. I ended up just doing the RIES and it fixed the issue. Doing that mixed up my antivirus add-ons a little, but an easy fix.

    • Eric Lawrence [MVP]

      EricD, if you can provide a public repro URL, I can investigate this for you.

  • Anonymous

    IE 11 has inexplicably removed the command that allows deletion/removal of add-ons from the add-on manager. One can enable/disable them but the command to remove/delete has vanished.

    • Eric Lawrence [MVP]

      In IE10 and earlier, the Remove/Delete button almost never worked because virtually all addons are now installed/uninstalled by admin setup programs. Hence, I’m not surprised to hear that this UI was removed in favor of the standard Add/Remove Programs applet used by the system.

  • CJ Hodge

    Internet explorer 11 sucks! If there is one thing you computer geeks are good at it is fixing things that aren’t broken. I get sick of have to relearn things to accomplish the same old tasks I used to do. Specifically, give us the option of tabbed or no tab browsing.

    • Anonymous

      Erm, OK, but how is IE11’s interface different to IE10 or IE9? What tasks are you having to relearn? As for tabs, you certainly don’t have to use them.

  • CJ Hodge

    I can’t figure out how to shut them off. Tabs, that is. I have to use tabbed browsing in IE11 unless you can tell me something I don’t know. Which is my point in having to go in and reset settings. To be more specific though, my employer uses a java based mainframe emulator that allows me to access the work computer from home. IE11 completely jacked those settings up to the point nobody where I work could access the emulator. So, the IT nerds at work have to spend 3 days going through it, sending us directions on how to set up our personal computers at home and you know how that goes when you have 3500 people trying to follow instructions. It’s chaos! Hence, IE explorer gurus, if a system is working then leave it alone. I don’t get the always making things better when there was nothing wrong with it to begin with. This doesn’t only apply to Internet Explorer, they do the same kind of crap to JAVA, IOS, FIREFOX, etc. I long for the days of Windows XP, and the older, simpler versions of Internet Explorer, no FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

  • adoughe

    I have eight webpages as home pages so I always have eight or more tabs open. These are security sites I try to stay current on. I read in an earlier comment that if you have four or more tabs open IE is very unstable. Perhaps that was my problem, I had to uninstall it and return to IE10. I am running Windows 7 x64 but using the 32-bit browser. I encountered the following issues:
    Sometimes IE simply crashes and falls out of memory
    Sometimes closing a single tab closes all of IE without a prompt that you’re going to close everything
    Clicking “Back” often produces an entirely white screen, it’s necessary to hit “Back” a second time to return to the previous page
    Some websites will not display properly (though this is not unusual with a new browser)
    In some websites a “close” command often occurred on its own and I’d have to click to stay on the page
    I have never encountered such a buggy browser. All previous versions have always worked fine except for the obvious initial problems with some websites not yet able to support the new browser. If it is a problem when having so many tabs open I hope they get that fixed soon.

  • Paul Herring

    I have clients who only use IE so, like adoughe, have little choice in having to use the software. I made the comment about IE being unstable when having 4 tabs or more open. I reset the IE settings under Internet Options and all has been well since then. I also have the problem of a blank screen being displayed when using “Back” but this tends to be when I have been following a link.

  • John Roake

    I installed IE11 last night via automatic update. This morning I am unable to open e-mail attachments, including those received before the update.

    • Another Opinion

      Same has now happened to me. I cannot open any email attachments on IE11.

  • Chad R.

    Thanks for the review

  • Terry Thomas

    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
    IE 11 just installed a few minutes ago
    Problem: I can’t figure out how to AutoHide the two bars at the top of my screen.
    F11 does not work.
    I don’t see any option to turn on AutoHide

    Microsoft used to say they ate their own dogfood. I guess someone was fasting when IE11 was being tested.

    Terry Thomas…
    the photographer
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • http://about.me/merC_ry Harshal Bhave

    Great Article. I tried running a few tests myself. IE seems to be on a right path now. They will take some time fight back. but If I have to point out one thing. The browser is definitely snappier now. Quickness and Agility is very important in todays times.

  • Kelly B McFarland

    Hate the IE 11 Tabs bar on the bottom of the screen and it is too large. It takes up about 30% of my laptop screen when I bring it up. Unfortunately there is no way of customizing it. I have been using IE since I got my first computer and using other browsers when necessary. I will now be using the other browsers Google Chrome, Bing or Firefox since the changes to IE 11 are extremely annoying. Really hate the tabs bar!

    • fedginator

      bing is not a browser

  • http://chetanyadav8.blogspot.in/ Chetan Yadav

    I found ie11 for win7 really fast…as much as chrome and better than firefox.