Windows 10: How to enable the new version of the rendering engine in Internet Explorer

By | 09.12.2018

Windows 10: How to enable the new version of the rendering engine in Internet Explorer

A few days ago it became known that Microsoft is developing a new browser, codenamed Spartan, which will be part of Windows 10. According to s, Spartan will be equipped with two versions of the browser engine Trident by Microsoft, one of which will handle sites created using modern web technologies, while the old version will provide backward compatibility for older web pages.

In the latest version of Windows 10 Technical Preview is the new browser, but there are page settings that allows you to switch from the current Trident engine to a new version of Internet Explorer.

By default, Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 9879) controls himself when needs to use a specific version of Trident. However, the new settings page «flags» allows you to manually switch to the new rendering engine.


Step 1: In Windows 10 build 9879, open Internet Explorer 11, enter about:flags in the address bar and press Enter. (This will allow you to access new experimental features in Internet Explorer).

Step 2: under «Enable Experimental Web Platform Features», select «Enabled».

Step 3: Click «Apply Changes» and restart IE 11. After that, by default, will use the new version of the rendering engine.

Before making changes, go to What’s My User Agent to check the current value of the User Agent of your browser. Before the changes it should look like this: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.4; Trident/7.0; Touch; rv:11.0) like Gecko. When you execute the statement above, a User Agent should change to: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.4) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/36.0.1985.143 Safari/537.36 Edge/12.0.

What is also interesting is that Microsoft first implemented a settings page «about» – feature, which we have previously only seen in Chrome and Firefox. But this should not be a surprise, since we already know that the company is committed to present the quality in Spartan web browser that will look and work very similar to Chrome and Firefox, and will even support extensions.

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