Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I've heard from various sources that some things are inconsistent between the desktop and metro versions of IE in terms of remembering open tabs, preferences etc.

Where a feature exists in both, what is synchronised between the two and what isn't?

share|improve this question
1  
Have you verified this is actually a problem? Windows 8 has not been released to retail at this, I would simply try it yourself, figure it out yourself. –  Ramhound Oct 22 '12 at 11:30
    
I've not tried it myself, but have read articles that point out possible sources of confusion. This one being the main one I can find now: theregister.co.uk/2012/10/02/paul_allen_windows_8 –  George Duckett Oct 22 '12 at 11:33
    
@GeogrgeDuckett - Come back when you have verified it is even a problem. If you read the article is based on a "review" of the preview version of Windows 8. The article you found is just click bait. –  Ramhound Oct 22 '12 at 12:27
2  
I can confirm this. The metro app and the desktop app operate as two seperate entities. –  KronoS Oct 22 '12 at 13:01

1 Answer 1

up vote 1 down vote accepted

I can't speak to the feature differences. (As far as I know, there aren't any feature differences except for the obvious UI changes, and the sandboxing/security things that the majority of users won't have to worry about.) But, regarding the "synchronization" between the two:

  • Configuration settings that affect the entire system, like Connection settings, are the same for both
  • Configuration settings that affect only Internet Explorer, like Tab preferences, cookies, or which tabs were open in a session, are not synchronized between the two

Generally I suggest choosing one, and using it consistently. If you know the Windows 8 gestures and/or have a touch screen, I suggest the RT version. But if you are in Desktop mode most of the time anyway, maybe the old, desktop UI would be a better choice.

(Remember, you can dock the "RT" version so it doesn't stay full screen. So that shouldn't be a significant reason to choose one over the other.)

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.