IE 10 finally hits Windows 7
New version aimed at winning back lead in browser wars.
Microsoft has finally launched Internet Explorer 10 for machines running Windows 7. The browser update promises speedier webpage loading times, better privacy controls and updated HTML5 support.
IE 10 has been available for Windows 8 since that operating system launched last October. The Windows 7 version was released yesterday.
"Internet Explorer 10 is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to IE 10 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE 10 Release Preview. With this final release, IE 10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers," said Rob Mauceri, group programme manager for Internet Explorer in a blog post.
In order to demonstrate its HTML 5 bona fides, Microsoft demoed a version of that old Windows classic Minesweeper. “The game uses standards-based mark-up for interoperability across browsers, and makes the most of fully hardware-accelerated browsers like IE 10 on both Windows 7 and Windows 8, with consistent performance across a wide range of devices, including tablets like the Surface RT,” said Mauceri.
The new browser also sitches on the controversial "Do Not Track" privacy function on Windows 7 PCs (of which there are 700 million of them). Companies, such as Yahoo, have objected to the always-on by default setting and have vowed to ignore the privacy setting.
Microsoft said it would be pushing out IE 10 via Windows Update "in the weeks ahead". Companies can stop IE10 from being automatically installed on their machines by installing the blocking toolkit Microsoft issued earlier this month.