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Internet Explorer 10 User Agent Strings On Windows 8 64bit

, 17 Oct 2011 CPOL
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Internet Explorer 10 User Agent Strings On Windows 8 64bit

Internet Explorer 10 is the web browser Microsoft is delivering with Windows 8.

According to its different usages and modes, its user agent string is as follows:

ApplicationEnvironment32/64 bitUser Agent String
Internet ExplorerMetro-Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; Win64; x64; Trident/6.0)
Javascript ApplicationMetro-Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; Trident/6.0;)
C#/VB ApplicationMetro32bitMozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; WOW64; Trident/6.0)
C#/VB ApplicationMetro64bitMozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; Win64; x64; Trident/6.0)
Internet ExplorerDesktop32bit
Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; WOW64; Trident/6.0)
Internet ExplorerDesktop64bit(1)Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; Win64; x64; Trident/6.0)
WPF ApplicationDesktop32bitMozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.2; WOW64; Trident/6.0; .NET4.0E; .NET4.0C; Tablet PC 2.0; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Zune 4.7; InfoPath.3)
WPF ApplicationDesktop64bitMozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.2; Win64; x64; Trident/6.0; .NET4.0E; .NET4.0C; Tablet PC 2.0; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Zune 4.7; InfoPath.3)
(1) Needs to be enabled for each security zone.

Analyzing the above table, I conclude that:

  1. Metro Internet Explorer is always a 64bit application on 64bit Windows 8.
  2. Javascript Metro Style Applications don’t announce if they are 32bit or 64bit.
    1. They look like they are running on a 32bit Windows 8.
  3. Desktop Internet Explorer retains the same behavior introduced with Internet Explorer 8.
  4. Metro Style C#/VB Applications hosting the web browser (WebView control) exhibit the same behavior as Internet Explorer.
  5. Desktop WPF Applications hosting the web browser (WebBrowser control) retain the same behavior introduced with Internet Explorer 8.
    1. This can be overridden by defining the document compatibility on the server or setting the browser emulation feature for the application on the client.

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