How to enable experimental features in Internet Explorer

Earlier this week, I mentioned that Microsoft is purportedly shipping two distinct browsers with the final version of Windows 10.  One of those browsers is just a newer iteration of Internet Explorer; however, the other is an entirely new concoction that isn’t vulnerable to the same traduce that bruised IE’s name.

Code named Spartan, the new browser allegedly fixes layout problems on mobile sites.  It also has a new API that lets Javascript programmers access the game controller over a USB connection.

If you’re running Windows 10 in Virtualbox, you can explore a few Experimental Features in IE11.

I’m running technical preview build 9901 but it should work starting in build 9879.  Let me show you how to pull this off.

To check out the new features, pop open Internet Explorer and type this in the location bar:

about:flags

Experimental Features in IE11

Change Enable Experimental Web Platform Features from Automatic to Enabled and then click Apply Changes.

Internet Explorer will ask you to restart and then should launch using the new rendering engine called Trident (also known as Edge Mode).

I gave this a quick test but for some reason my User Agent string was fooling HTML5test.com into thinking I was using Google Chrome 31 on Windows 7.

I’m not sure what’s going on there but my best conjecture is that many HTML5 benchmark sites simply aren’t capable of recognizing the new UA string yet.

Microsoft is expected to expose the Consumer Preview version of Windows 10 on January 21st so we’ll have to wait a little longer for official details about Edge Mode.

HTML 5 support in IE11

Did you notice any speed improvements?  What do you think about Microsoft’s plan to bifurcate browser development?

Let me know in the comments!

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