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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?

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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: – 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
I can confirm this. The metro app and the desktop app operate as two seperate entities. – KronoS Oct 22 '12 at 13:01
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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.)

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