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Internet Explorer 11 cannot connect to local host – Redux

Updated 11 November 2013

In a previous blog post, I detailed how Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 Preview fails to open http://127.0.0.1 while it has no problems opening http://localhost, given an appropriate web server is installed. Well, here is an update.

Screenshot - 1. IE11 cannot connect to 127.0.0.1

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Internet Explorer 11’s unexplained delay

Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is finally available. I immediately downloaded the package and inspected it: Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 (x64) is digitally-signed on 15 October 2013, meaning that the package could have not possibly changed ever since.

What was the IE team doing during this time?

The preview version of Internet Explorer 11 also exhibited a similar delay: It was released on 19 September while it was digitally-signed on 23 August 2013.

As an interesting side note, Windows 8.1 was released 17 October 2013, so the reason for the delay can’t be the languages.

Internet Explorer 11 cannot connect to local host

If you think everything compatible with Windows 8.0 is also compatible with Windows 8.1, I am afraid you should reconsider. Perhaps if you have been with me so far, you are now aware of this fact. My latest experiments with Windows 8.1 Preview shows that Internet Explorer 11 has problems connecting to local system.
Screenshot - 1. IE11 cannot connect to 127.0.0.1

Let’s see what’s the problem and how we can resolve it.

Windows 8.1 latent apps

Microsoft reports it has released Windows 8.1 to manufacturing (RTM), but is not supplying Windows 8.1 to anyone but original equipment manufacturers (OEM) before the general availability date. At this stage, Microsoft should be cooperating with manufacturers to issue specialized patches for device-specific problems. I hope it is so, because I have spotted a latent app bug in preview version of Windows 8.1.

Preparing to uninstall

Preparing to uninstall

Today, I am going to use my right of uninstalling Metro-style apps in Windows 8.1 Pro and uninstall them all. I have selected all installed apps and I am poised to press the Uninstall button. What do you think is going to happen?

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Internet Explorer comes last in standard compliance

According to HTML5Test, Internet Explorer offers the worst web standard compliance among the top famous web browsers. Meanwhile, the best standard compliance is not offered by the famous five, but by Maxthon Cloud Browser v4.0.

Screenshot of HTML5Test.com showing its desktop browser comparison page

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