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Make your website stand out in Windows 8

Eric Geier | March 25, 2013
New features in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 help you integrate your website and attract visitors to it

Customize your site's sharing details

When visitors browse your website using the Internet Explorer 10 app, they can bring up the Charms bar along the right edge of the Windows 8 interface to share your site with others via apps including Mail and People.

By default, shared content will use your site's HTML title tag as the site name, along with your site's HTML description tag and a random image from the site.

Your website's default details may be fine, but you can place customizated code within your site to specify exactly what you want to appear when visitors share your site with others via the Charms bar. Refer to the Microsoft site for the HTML tags you need to add.

Create Jump Lists for your site

In Windows 7, Microsoft added a convenient feature called Jump Lists. These allow you to right-click on programs and websites pinned to the Taskbar or Start Menu so users can access shortcuts to recent files, frequent locations and common tasks. By default, if your visitors pin your website to Windows 7 or 8, they won't see any Jump List shortcuts or tasks unless you've added code to your site for this purpose.

In Windows 8, Microsoft included the same Jump List feature for the Desktop Taskbar, and also added Jump List functionality to the sites you pin to its new Start Screen. After clicking on a pinned site from the Windows Start Screen, it opens the site in the Internet Explorer app. From there you can click the pin icon on the bottom of the Internet Explorer app to see a site's Jump List, which is just like what's shown in the Jump List of sites you pin to the Windows 8 Desktop Taskbar and Windows 7 Taskbar or Start Menu.

Here's a Jump List from the IE app, provided by custom code from the website.

On your customized Jump List you can list up to five shortcuts to specific URLs, each with its own icon. Perhaps link to each of site's main pages or to your social media pages. You can even provide an RSS feed to display a list of shortcuts that are automatically updated, such as your blog posts, Twitter feed, or other content streams If you haven't yet created a customized Jump List for your website, refer to our previous article or use this wizard from Microsoft.

Each website customization discussed here includes a shortcut to a Microsoft Web page or wizard. For more details, check out the full developer guides for Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10, and consider scanning your website for compatibility issues as well.


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