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Internet Explorer 10 Preview Coming to Windows 7 Soon

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Microsoft is finally releasing a preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 next month.

Microsoft's IEBlog was updated on Wednesday with an announcement that a new preview of Internet Explorer 10 will be launched for Windows 7 in mid-November. A final version of the popular Microsoft-baked browser won't arrive until after the Redmond company collects developer and customer feedback.

"IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8," said Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager, Internet Explorer. "We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities. IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for. We look forward to getting your feedback on IE10 on Windows 7, and will provide another update when the preview is available."

Some were quick to be critical of Microsoft's release strategy. "A preview, really?" writes one frustrated reader. "100k people and you can't develop anything in time." Another reader asked how long it could take to re-brand Internet Explorer 9 while another said the preview is simply too little too late. One reader even assumed it was more difficult than predicted for Microsoft to port Internet Explorer 10 from Windows 8.

Is Windows 7 already shoved to the back-burner? CNET's Mary Jo Foley brings up a good point: it's been almost a year and a half since Microsoft released a test build of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. Since its release, Microsoft officials have refused to comment as to why additional builds haven't been released, or when the final product will ship.

But the answer should be rather obvious: Microsoft set aside development for the Windows 7 platform so that it could focus on Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8, as Mauceri suggests. After all, the new platform is Microsoft's major focus, and the new Internet Explorer is already baked right in. That said, the one reader is probably right: Microsoft is busy porting what it can from the final Windows 8 version to the older OS.

According to CNET, this next Internet Explorer 10 release for Windows 7 will be a full-blown browser with the UI intact, not just another developer preview.


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    digiex , October 18, 2012 1:07 PM
    Hohum...
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    thecolorblue , October 18, 2012 1:10 PM
    internet explorer... the bane of web developers everywhere
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    beardguy , October 18, 2012 1:13 PM
    If it can match Chrome speeds, I MIGHT give it chance.

    Every time I inadvertently open up IE9 I always notice right away how slow it is compared to Chrome. There's just no compelling reason to use IE.
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    nieur , October 18, 2012 1:15 PM
    whatever it may be but we all go to internet explorer to download Chrome/Firefox when we format system
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    cats_Paw , October 18, 2012 1:36 PM
    When you hear IE, you think of a granma. When you hear firefox you think a hot readhead. When you hear Chrome... yeah, i never met a girl that could match chrome...
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    igot1forya , October 18, 2012 2:12 PM
    Internet Exploiter 10 is all I read...
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    greghome , October 18, 2012 2:44 PM
    All these hate for IE,
    for your information, IE 9 is actually a better browser than Opera and Safari

    Quote:
    When you hear IE, you think of a granma. When you hear firefox you think a hot readhead. When you hear Chrome... yeah, i never met a girl that could match chrome...


    I have a thing for red heads :p 
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    Pherule , October 18, 2012 3:11 PM
    beardguyIf it can match Chrome speeds, I MIGHT give it chance. Every time I inadvertently open up IE9 I always notice right away how slow it is compared to Chrome. There's just no compelling reason to use IE.

    If Chrome could match Opera's speeds I might give it a chance.

    Oh no wait, nevermind, Chrome steals your data and updates itself without your permission. Use Comodo Dragon, not Chrome, if you want a fast-ist webkit browser.
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    toms my babys daddy , October 18, 2012 3:23 PM
    what's internet explorer?
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    anonymous_user , October 18, 2012 4:04 PM
    Without add-ons/extensions similar to the other major browsers, I couldn't care less how fast IE10 is.
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    jhansonxi , October 18, 2012 4:19 PM
    nieurwhatever it may be but we all go to internet explorer to download Chrome/Firefox when we format system

    You could just use the FTP client that has existed in Windows for years. Just connect to: ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/

    Instructions are here: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/ftp.mspx?mfr=true
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    ushyperion , October 18, 2012 4:59 PM
    Why don't they just use Chrome as windows web browser by default. It's all we want.
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    alidan , October 18, 2012 5:00 PM
    beardguyIf it can match Chrome speeds, I MIGHT give it chance. Every time I inadvertently open up IE9 I always notice right away how slow it is compared to Chrome. There's just no compelling reason to use IE.


    i have it as default so that if i do open something i know right were it is. instead of somwhere in my tabbed chrome.
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    deepblue08 , October 18, 2012 5:16 PM
    Everyone loves beating a dead horse (IE6-9)... I don't know if you guys have win8 installed yet, but I can tell you that IE10, is probably 2-3x faster than IE9. I have yet to see direct comparison with Chrome and FF, but I have a feeling the race just got tighter.
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    djscribbles , October 18, 2012 5:20 PM
    Cats_PawWhen you hear IE, you think of a granma. When you hear firefox you think a hot readhead. When you hear Chrome... yeah, i've never met a girl...


    Fixed ;) 
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    Branden , October 18, 2012 5:30 PM
    i hear one of the improvements IE 10 will have over previous versions is it will be able to download the firefox and chrome installers 20% faster! woohoo!
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    msgun98 , October 18, 2012 6:43 PM
    I for one don't care about speed. I care about compatibility. I care that Microsoft has been so slow to be 100% compliant with W3C standards, web programmers have to waste a ton of time writing exceptions for Microsoft's crap platform. If IE10 will display pages the same way Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. do... I'm fine with it regardless of speed.
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    hannibal , October 18, 2012 8:27 PM
    Yes the compability is big issue. I have many problems in work, because IE does not work correctly when rendering some pages and some funtionality does not work like adjusting the text boxes etc...
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    cookoy , October 18, 2012 8:45 PM
    Haven't used IE for a long, long, long time. If not for those periodic cumulative IE patches i would have forgotten all about it.
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    back_by_demand , October 18, 2012 9:59 PM
    hannibalYes the compability is big issue? I have many problems in work, because IE does not work correcly when rendering some pages and sme funtionality does not work like adjusting the text boxes etc...

    And in other parts of the world only IE is used as some websites do not load up properly on alternates, welcome to the wide world of more than the 20 or so websites that you personally browse
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