If you open a New Tap Page in Internet Explorer, you may see a new version of the New Tab Page featuring news and such instead of the old.
The topsites are still there, but the whole page has changed as news powered by MSN is now pushed on the page as well. This is nearly identical to the New Tab Page on Microsoft Edge on which top sites and news are also displayed by default.
While some Internet Explorer users may like the change, others may want to restore the old New Tab Page design instead which does not pull news from Microsoft servers when you open a new tab in Internet Explorer.
Note: It is unclear which versions of Internet Explorer are affected by the change. I noticed it on Internet Explorer 11 running on Windows 10. If you have a different version of Internet Explorer on your system, let me know if it features the change as well.
The first screenshot shows the new tab page design of Internet Explorer in all of its glory. It displays only eight top sites, instead of ten as was the case on the old New Tab Page. Below that is the news section with news being pulled from MSN.
What is missing? The page does not display recently closed websites anymore which you find at the bottom of the previous New Tab Page.
Microsoft did add an option to the previous page to enable the news feed, but no option to the new page to restore the old.
Here is how you do it in Internet Explorer:
The old page is used from that moment on again. You may switch to the new version of the page again at any time either by clicking on the "enable my news feed" link that is displayed "sometimes" on the New Tab Page, or by repeating the steps outlined above. You need to select "the new tab page with my news feed" under step four this time though.
I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of pushing news feeds on to the New Tab Page, and that is regardless of the browser. It seems that companies like Google and Mozilla are also experimenting with this, and there is a likelihood that a similar feature will land in Chrome and Firefox in the near future. Other companies, Opera for instance, already use it.
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