Thankfully, it’s easy to fix most of them by adding some values into the registry.
- Close Messenger fully - right-click Messenger’s icon in the notification area (by the taskbar clock) and choose Exit
- Download and run this .reg file
- Run the .reg file, confirm administrator rights for the registry editor if needed, and then say Yes to add the entries into the registry
- Restart Messenger and try out the tabs.
Note: I had no luck getting Spotify to appear after logging in, but feel free to try as I haven’t tested it extensively.
As mentioned above, the WebControl defaults to IE7. This is controlled by whitelisting the executable and indicating the version of the IE rendering you desire with a DWORD value. If you specify a version higher than the one installed, it will give you the best it can.
The key is located here:
I have elected to use IE12 as it’s the current (and possibly last?) version. This will render as IE11 on Windows 7 when IE11 is installed.
(you can also use LOCAL_MACHINE for all users but you then need to specify under the Wow6432Node for bitness)
Additionally, I have whitelisted the Messenger executable to GPU rendering key:
Electing into GPU rendering drastically speeds up page rendering times and superior framerate of video content (ie. YouTube).
Some links for more info:
Internet Feature Controls (B…C) [msdn]
Controlling WebBrowser Control Compatibility [Pat Altimore]