The latest leaked build features some pretty big changes, not to wonder, as it was compiled in April earlier this year and thus fairly “recent”. As we speak people are hard at work to discover how to unlock the the full Start Screen, they already discovered one app, the Web Browser, and even got it working.
You’ll know this touch friendly browser from the D9 announcement video, Microsoft even went as far as saying that’s IE10, even though IE9’s barely out.
The browser surprisingly isn’t hidden at all, it resides in the Microsoft folder in the Program Files. The folder is called Immersive Browser and contains several system files (dll/mui files), several images, and the application (miexplore). When trying to launch the application, it won’t work. You’ll first need to unlock it. The easiest way to do this is by using the latest version of RedPill to patch your system.
Alternatively, run your command prompt and enter the following command:
After doing this, you’ll need to turn of Areo by hitting. CTRL+SHIFT+F9. The ugly old house just got uglier. Now you can launch miexplore.exe and enjoy the immersive browsing experience.
The few Metro applications found in this build (yes, there’s more) only run with areo disabled.Furthermore you can’t manually resize or move them as they’re designed to run fullscreen. With a tool like altmove, you can achieve this.
Using the Immersive browser with mouse/keyboard takes some practice as it’s designed for touch gestures.
- F5: opens the App Bar at the bottom, pressing again opens the Frequent/Pinned menu
- F6: shows a single webpage icon, MSN in my case, purpose of this is a mystery.
- F7: Turns on carret browsing
- Arrow keys: Navigate trough webpages, items in the Frequent/Pinned menu.
- Space: quickly scroll current webpage.
- Right-Click on link: opens a context menu with options to open the link (in a new window) or copy the link