How Internet Explorer works on Xbox One

Microsoft goes into detail regarding the changes made to the browser app on Xbox One.

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With just days to go before the Xbox One hits store shelves this Friday, Microsoft has written a blog post detailing how Internet Explorer will work on the next-generation console.

Microsoft said the sites people enjoy will do more than just work in Internet Explorer on Xbox One because the application was created with support for web standards like HTML5 and CSS3.

In total, Microsoft said support for modern web standards on Xbox One has been increased by over 200 percent from the Xbox 360 version of Internet Explorer. Features from the PC version of Internet Explorer, including website pinning, multiple tabs, and private browsing, are supported on Xbox One.

In addition, Microsoft has increased integration with Xbox SmartGlass so that players' smartphones and tablets can not only be used to navigate Internet Explorer on Xbox One, but also move websites back and forth between the TV and a mobile device.

Internet Explorer on Xbox One also supports multitasking through the system's new Snap feature. Users can run Internet Explorer while watching a movie to search the name of an actor, for instance, or while playing a game to seek out a walkthrough if the game gets tough.

On Xbox One, Internet Explorer fully supports Kinect, allowing users to control the browser through voice and gesture navigation. Users can say "Xbox, Select" while Internet Explorer is running to bring up a list of available voice commands, including "Browse to" and "Click on."

Saying "Click on," followed by whatever the link title is, will activate any link on the page. For especially long links, users can say a few of the words and Internet Explorer should automatically understand.

Regarding gesture control, users can navigate Internet Explorer on Xbox One by moving their hands up or down to pan around the page. The app also supports zooming in and zooming out via gesture controls.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer team is also giving away two Xbox One consoles to those who live in the United States. Details on the promotion are available on Xbox Wire. The Xbox One launches this Friday, November 22. For more on the next-generation console, check out GameSpot's ongoing live stream below.

Discussion

149 comments
haze0986
haze0986

damn i was hoping for netscape

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Users can run Internet Explorer while watching a movie" Blasphemy! When watching a movie, you should devote your entire attention to it, so that you can fully take in the experience. Same with other cultural expressions.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

Internet Explorer is the best browser for downloading a better browser :P

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Yeah... had they done the exact same thing ALSO with Chrome, they'd be better off.

Because, while we all know IE is Microsoft's product, but there are a whole lot more Chrome/Android users.  I use the Chrome PC/mobile co-browser feature all the time on my Samsung Galaxy, for example.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Chrome > Firefox > Opera > Huge piece of shit >  Internet Explorer

ajaychitown
ajaychitown

I've been a Playstation fan since it 1st came out and will be getting a PS4, but this may be the 1st generation I actually get both systems. I'm not a fan of Xbox One's price so it may come later down the line after a price cut, but I have to admit the Xbox One does have some impressive features. I'm not really a fan of internet explorer as it has too many bugs and has gotten so bad on my computer that I can't even use it even if I tried and as a result have been only using Chrome. Maybe this could be the scapegoat Microsoft needs to stay relevant.

zpluffy
zpluffy

Wait till next year for price drop. 500 seems too much right now as much as l like those extra features

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Internet explorer is one of those things that I despise about the "all in one" crap Microsoft are trying. Or anyone else who thinks an internet browser is a good idea on a console!

Web browsers do not belong on anything other than a PC and at a push maybe an iPad. Using a controller though or having to plug in a keyboard just no.

Not to mention Internet Explorer is the worst thing to happen to the internet since the term Trollage but my god it sucks even worse on a console.

Just typing something into google which should take about three seconds is dragged out to infinity and is tedious. Then there is the fact the web browser normally seems to take an age to load anything at all, which granted was probably more to do with last gen hardware than anything but still one of the worst things about it.

So just no on this one.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

Yeah........i  haven't used IE for the past 10 years and i got no plans starting now. 

lostn
lostn

ROFL. There's no way I'm using IE on anything.

blastergamerx
blastergamerx

I hope text highlight with copy & paste is supported this time on Xbox One IE, along with Flash Player. 

PS. I am really happy that Xbox One IE supports gesture control! :)

wowwow27
wowwow27

give microsoft 7 to 5 odds against.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

How about keyboard and mouse support?

hadlee73
hadlee73

I like to use Firefox to read articles about IE.

hordaak
hordaak

My ps4 looks good. I wish it would work, but at least it makes a cool blue light

Majkic666
Majkic666

Xbox One has the gift of coming with malware from launch.

revlux88
revlux88

Looks good. I never bothered with this on my 360 since it was much easier to use my p.c. but I'll have to give it a shot on the X1. I'll still use the controller for zooming and clicking. Though it's never bad to have options. I usually save my gestures for when they are most appropriate.

zerofrust
zerofrust

All this sht doesn't matter if MS PrOn filter is still on, DAMMIT!

andfx8
andfx8

Whoa!! Sounds awesome

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Doesn't IE still have roughly 50% of the market? And what no love for Safari guys? I joke ,I joke, I kid, I kid.

angrycreep
angrycreep

I didn't read the whole thing. The real question is, are we gonna have flash?  I'm tired of this garbage web browsers with no flash. Without that, you are going to have a hard time accessing or even viewing pages that are design with that. If you not gonna have that, then what's the point of even adding that web browser in the first place?

kingliono
kingliono

All that exercise I get clicking links is now gone. What will I replace it with?

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

Didn't read the article....just the title heading and I already had an answer:

IE....doesn't work.....ever

Hydra270
Hydra270

wait IE STILL exists?....just how wasnt it gone with dinosaurs?

obsequies
obsequies

my parents still use internet explorer

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

A better question is, can I remove Internet Sexplorer and install Firefox?

lowgman1234
lowgman1234

I can't wait for people not paying attention in multiiplayer games because they're snapping in all these other superfluous apps...

"DUDE! That guy snuck up behind me and killed me! Where were you?!"

Oh sorry, my mom was skyping me.

OR

I suddenly wanted to look up a banana bread recipe.

Ugh... The future is now.... I guess. It's bad enough I have to put up with people IRL constantly checking their phones for texts or facebook updates and then having the balls to ask me, "Say that again?", because they can't wait 10 seconds for someone to finish their sentence without checking if Jodi did end up making meatloaf for dinner after all....

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

There's nothing done here that Chrome and Firefox can't do better.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

I thought we were in 2013... No one uses Internet Explorer anymore!

wowwow27
wowwow27

@hordaak i had to check to see if mine could fly too, sadly it doesn't, but hey, i bought insurance on it, and even saved ten bucks thanks to the promo.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

@lowgman1234 YOU NEED NEW FRIENDS... (if you actually go through any of that)

Who the hell would intentionally ditch their friends online even if for a few seconds during an online match. It's called CALL YOUR MOM BACK after the match it over. I would be more understanding if you have a Wife &/OR child that immediately needs you. But your Mom SKYPING??? Yeah..... not a pressing issue to tend to.

revlux88
revlux88

@lowgman1234 I'm sure there will be a cool new catchphrase for this like..."snap-capped." Ok, hopefully it will be much better than that.

NoAngle
NoAngle

@DiamondDM13 actually IE10 has been good and MS tried very hard to clean up its mess of IE8 and IE9.

IE11 is pretty cool and fast imo.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@AggrandizedUser @NoAngle Considering they shat out IE11 as a fix for IE10 without even supporting IE10 I doubt it. IE10 and 11 are fine except their main use is for corporations. And as someone who supports users who use IE, its bad - IE10 and 11 basically break all sites that were meant for a specific version of IE, even with compatibility mode turned on.