Most of the changes are not cosmetic though, as Microsoft is sticking with a similar look for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. One big change in the Windows 8.1 version is the ability to sync tabs between devices, similar to Google's Chrome Sync option. Unfortunately, Microsoft is not building this support into the Windows 7 version. "We use the Microsoft Accounts to sync those settings, there's no Microsoft Account on Windows 7," explains Microsoft's senior director of IE marketing, Roger Capriotti, in an interview with The Verge. "It's something that's an interesting thing to think about, and it's definitely something I'd love to see in the product but right now there's no plan to put that in the product."
"We've been very focused, laser focused, on building the best tablet browser out there."