IE11 changesMicrosoft has detailed the Internet explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1 changelog and guess what we have you already covered with two video hands-on, tips & tricks for the browser which you can read by clicking here and here. You can also get all the our Windows Phone 8.1 coverage on one page. Still, you can take a look on the official details Microsoft has provided.

Frequent sites + URL predictions

We all have a few sites that we like to visit frequently, and those are now a quick tap of the address bar away. As you browse, these will update to reflect the sites you visit most on your phone. If you decide to type in the address bar, we now predict the site you would like to go to (the highlighted part below). Instead of typing out the entire URL, you can just tap enter and be on your way faster. It is one of those things you can’t imagine living without once you have it.

Unlimited (and easy to access) tabs + One IE, Everywhere

Previously, we only allowed up to six tabs and there was a small speed bump to access your tabs in the “…” menu (unless you used the setting to change the address bar button). So we decided to remove this limit – seriously, you can open as many tabs as you like – and now the button next to the address bar accesses your tabs by default.

Live pinned sites

Pinned sites now show rich site icons and even update in the background, with the latest headlines and images from your favorite blog for example, just like other live tiles.

Fast and fluid browsing

So now we’ve got you on your way to sites much faster. We also want it to be wicked fast to get and consume the content you care about. So we also made strides on speeding up your experience after you arrive at the site, with in-line video playback, Reading View, remembering passwords, swipe to go back and forward, and saving downloaded files.

In-line video playback

How many times have you been watching a YouTube video and thought to yourself, “I wonder what the Internet thinks about this”? Well now you can watch that video AND view the high-quality comments below it from within your browser. To sweeten the deal, we’ll even keep the video playing under the lock screen. We’ll be posting more information to help developers provide great support for in-line video playback soon.

Reading View

Do you love reading celebrity gossip and Cosmo news articles while on the go? Just like on your tablet or PC, tap the Reading View icon in the address bar for a great reading experience. This will remove the clutter and stitch all pages of the article together. Here’s what an article looks like on a site and in Reading View.

Remembering passwords

This should make logging in WAY easier. ‘nuff said.
PS – passwords now sync to IE across phone, tablet, and PC.

Swipe to go back and forward

Similar to your PC or tablet (noticing a trend? ) you can now swipe to go back and forward. Yes, forward makes its long-awaited return to IE on Windows Phone! Below is a screenshot of going back while reading an article.

Saving downloaded files

You can now choose to save files downloaded from the Web, huzzah!

Safety and privacy

We were the first mobile browser to introduce anti-phishing protection with SmartScreen Filter and we also added the DoNotTrack signal to address growing privacy concerns. We’re at it again with a few features to keep you protected while browsing.


Don’t want your friends to know about your fascination with unicorns? You can now open InPrivate tabs and know that all the data associated with that tab is deleted when the tab is closed. Just open the menu on the tabs screen and select “Open InPrivate tab.”

DataSense High Savings Mode

We brought DataSense to IE on Windows Phone 8 to enable up to 40% more browsing with the same amount of data, and no noticeable difference in the browsing experience. This time, we are introducing High Savings Mode, which downloads only the most important pieces of the Web site and heavily compresses images. Here’s an example with (left) and without (right) High Savings Mode turned on.


At Microsoft, we take an inclusive approach to product design – ensuring we understand the needs of all our users. I’m pleased that IE11 supports high contrast mode, Narrator, and an override switch to allow zooming into all Web pages. Look out for a future post on the Windows Phone blog covering system-wide accessibility for details.

Microsoft studios has released Kinectimals unleashed, second game title in the Kinectimals franchise.

Breaking news – Kinectimals has gone to the dogs!

From the makers of the wildly successful Kinectimals franchise comes Kinectimals Unleashed! Have you ever wanted to grab your favorite canine pal and explore the exciting dog island of Villeria? How about embarking on an adventure to a mysterious tropical island with your best Bengal Tiger friend? We’ve got you covered! Kinectimals Unleashed delivers more than 85 furry four legged friends to play with and care for. Think you can collect them all? We’ve included all the best games from Agility Courses to Beach Volleyball, Flying Disc to Jump Roping – we’ve included hundreds of toys and collectibles to keep you and your new friends entertained for hours! Kinectimals Unleashed: More furry friends, more places to explore, more fun!

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