Complaints have surface that folks attempting to go to www.facebook.com are being force re-directed to m.facebook.com (the Facebook mobile site). The folks at Facebook have made some change to browser detection that causes this redirect. Here are the steps to avoid the redirection and use the full site.
1. If you are using the Modern (Start Screen) version of Internet Explorer, close it and make sure it is not running.
2. Go to the classic desktop and open the desktop version of IE (do NOT go to the Facebook page).
3. Clear cached temp files:
a. Press the ALT key to display the menu bar if it is not shown
b. Select tools
c. Select Internet options (the bottom menu choice)
d. Select Delete
e. Insure that only the top two items are checked off as shown below and then select Delete.
f. When the delete process is finish you can select OK.
g. CLOSE Internet Explorer
4. Re-open the desktop version of Internet Explorer and navigate to http://www.facebook.com/home.php (the home.php is required).
5. Open the Tools menu again (press ALT if the menu bar is not visible) and then select Compatibility View settings
6. facebook.com should already be displayed. Select Add.
You now should be able to use the full desktop version of the Facebook site without being re-directed. )Note: Facebook will prompt you to upgrade your browser or switch to their mobile site, which you can ignore).
While I have a stand alone Windows Store App for this blog, I wanted to experiment with and share information on new functionality on the Windows 8.1 Preview with the Modern UI version of IE that allows site owners to push content (via RSS) as a Live Tile if a visitor elects to pin the site.
One of the things I noticed in the Windows 8.1 Preview was that the familiar push pin tack no longer appeared in the position it occupied in Windows 8 RTM (it was missing) when browsing the Internet.
I had previously done a site icon for folks using IE 10 and lower (you can see it lower left corner of above screenshot). When I navigated to the site in my Favorites (Favorites Bar or any folder under Favorites) the option appears to Pin to Start.
To get started, visit http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/ where you will find a menu driven web app.
You can customize the background color of the tile, select a Title, and upload and crop images that will be used for the four supported tile sizes on Windows 8.1 Preview.
Then, you need to supply the full URL to your RSS feed.
Next, you will be given the HTML markup to add to your site <head> section (place this in header.php in WordPress if you are a WordPress blogger on a self hosted site).
Finally, upload the files which are presented in a downloadable zipfile to the root of your server.
The end result when visitors pin your site in IE 11 from the Start Screen is a Live Tile that pulls from your RSS feed that display as follows.