Internet Explorer 10 Now Available for Windows 7

Microsoft said on Tuesday that Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 is now available worldwide in 95 languages. The company will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to the new browser in the weeks ahead, but those who have already installed the IE10 Release Preview will see the update kick in starting Wednesday.

"With IE10 we continue delivering the best performance for real world Web sites on your Windows device," said Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager, Internet Explorer. "As with Windows 8, IE10 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs."

In appearance, the new browser looks very similar to Internet Explorer 9. But the upgrade's biggest difference is in speed, a supposed 20-percent improvement across the board with faster page loading, faster JavaScript performance and more while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile Windows 7-based PCs.

The new browser also provides a 60-percent increase in supported modern Web standards – over 30, according to Mauceri -- including the latest HTML5, CSS3, DOM, Web Performance, and Web Application specifications. As an example, developers can now create rich visual effects with CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, CSS3 Transitions and Animations, CSS3 Gradient, and SVG Filter Effects.

On the security front, IE10 has the Do Not Track (DNT) feature switched on by default.

"In addition to Tracking Protection, IE continues to lead in providing increased choice and control over your privacy online. Customers can choose to turn-off the DNT signal in the options settings in Internet Explorer," Mauceri said. "Our commitment to keeping Windows customers in control of their privacy and data sharing continues, especially in the current environment of so much user data being collected online without explicit consent or user awareness."

The browser also includes improvements to make common, every day browsing activities faster such as integrated spell checking and auto-correct tools for common spelling mistakes. This makes typing texts for blog posts, social updates, and even tweets "faster and less error prone," Microsoft said. A fine-tuned tabs bar also makes closing multiple tabs even earlier.

To show off IE10's new powers, Microsoft is offering hardware accelerated demos like the fully-featured HTML5-based Minesweeper, the Chalkboard and Speed Reading. What you won't experience is a face-full of browser UI, but rather the contents within the displayed web page itself. That's on purpose, as Microsoft wants the browser to be a simple window looking out onto the web, not a busy, tacky frame distracting users from the subject.

To grab Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, head here.

 

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  • bison88
    At least Microsoft isn't playing the stupid numbers game like FireFox and Chrome.
  • dameon51
    As a web dev I'm looking forward to this. IE 9 was as step in the right direction, but still lags behind in "HTML5" tech. Now we just need windows XP to go away so we can drop support for IE8, which generally renders ok, but is sparse in the modern features department.
  • milktea
    At least IE10 has the DNT switched ON by default. More privacy control is the best. +1 for MS.
    *in your face Facebook*
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  • memadmax
    Still sucks...
    Firefox + AdBlocker + NoScript = Not a single malware/virus/driveby attack in..... forever it seems, lol...

    gg, the end.
  • nikhils1996
    Still Slow then a Snail..:P!!
  • dameon51
    As a web dev I'm looking forward to this. IE 9 was as step in the right direction, but still lags behind in "HTML5" tech. Now we just need windows XP to go away so we can drop support for IE8, which generally renders ok, but is sparse in the modern features department.