Microsoft has released the latest build of Windows 10 to Insiders packed full of surprises, some more obvious than others. Luckily, we have a community of enthusiasts that search its insides, even in the darkest corners, and also IE team leader David Storey that helped us uncover a rather interesting bit in build 9926.
He shared on Twitter how to enable the new Trident engine that Spartan and Internet Explorer will share on Windows 10, and the process is the same that worked in earlier builds. You type about:flags in the address bar and you turn set the flag to enabled for “Enable Experimental Web Platform Features”.
…if you install the Win 10 tech preview, enable about:flags to get the new browser engine. This is engine going in Project Spartan
— David Storey (@dstorey) January 23, 2015
The interesting part is that by doing this, Internet Explorer no longer reports the normal User Agent String, which is “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko”. As you can probably see in the image above, Internet Explorer now masks itself as Google Chrome, which David actually confirmed that is being done on purpose, as a workaround for a very unusual behavior.
— David Storey (@dstorey) January 25, 2015
Many websites that you visit today will not display well in IE because they are not coded properly and usually display a page like they would in an old browser, even though Internet Explorer 11 supports many of the new web standards. Some pages will display incorrectly in IE while working perfectly fine on other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.