But wait! What about existing websites and web apps that require those components? I can’t use these on Windows 8?
Windows 8 completely supports the full desktop “experience” that you know and love from Windows 7. All of your current Windows applications can run using the desktop experience, including the Internet browsing you already do.
Oh cool. So I can install Internet Explorer 9 and get my plug-ins?
No, Windows 8 doesn’t support IE 9. But within the Windows 8 desktop, Internet Explorer 10 presents a different browsing experience. Using the same engine, Internet Explorer for the Desktop supports the traditional browsing features, such as tabs and plug-ins as well as compatibility modes for IE 7 and 8.
So I get two versions of Internet Explorer 10?
Nope. Internet Explorer 10 is one application that provides two browsing experiences, depending on your needs and the feature requirements of the web page itself.
“Internet Explorer” is the touch-centric experience for the new Windows interface. “Internet Explorer for the Desktop” is the experience similar to Internet Explorer 9 – available on the desktop and uses a traditional tab layout and supports plug-ins.
It’s the same, but different!
Can’t I just call it all “Internet Explorer”?
You could. But that means you’ve already forgotten the special note from earlier in this post. The application is Internet Explorer 10 and your browsing experience will vary depending on if you launch the browser natively – Internet Explorer, or through the desktop – Internet Explorer for the Desktop.
Remember, you are already used to different browsing experiences, websites are often customized for different devices and display formats. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 allows you to get the full experience from websites designed with the most modern standards, while not having to abandon other sites that use plug-ins or older coding.
This is a win-win, no matter what you call it.