Updated Internet Explorer 11 now available for Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and new for Windows Phone 8.1

An updated version of Internet Explorer 11 that works across devices was made available Wednesday for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, and also debuted on Windows Phone 8.1.

The Windows 8.1 Update will be available for download on MSDN and TechNet, with automatic updates beginning April 8 for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers.

Many of us now browse the Web using different devices, switching between laptops, tablets and phones throughout the day. Today’s update to IE11 means that whatever device you pick up, your tabs and favorites will be there for you, right where you left off.

With today’s update, IE11 also adapts to your browsing experience by detecting your Windows device and input type – whether it’s an 8-inch touch tablet in portrait mode or a 24-inch desktop with mouse and keyboard. The Web is still front and center, but new design enhancements make your browsing experience feel like it was made just for your device – like the number of tabs on-screen and the size of the fonts and menus. You can also now control when the browser remains on screen, or hides away for full-screen browsing.


With IE11 for Windows Phone and Live Sites, you can now pin your favorite sites directly to your Start Screen for information from the Web at a glance. Reading Mode helps you optimize the view of articles as if you were reading a digital book on your phone. Voice Commands get you quickly to your favorite websites by speaking naturally to your device.

IE11 for Windows Phone also includes InPrivate browsing to keep your browsing private. And to help you better manage your phone’s data usage, the new High Savings Mode can be enabled to reduce data consumption by between 60 and 80 percent through reducing image downloads and by only loading elements of the page relevant to the content you want to view.

To learn more about the update to IE11, head over to the IEBlog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff