Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 10 is finally available for Windows 7. Over the next few weeks, the company will roll out automatic updates to users, but for now the IE10 Release Preview is out on the Microsoft website, in a total of 95 languages.
The latest version of Microsoft’s browser is a big improvement from previous versions, but was initially only available on Windows 8. According to Microsoft, the latest Explorer version loads real world pages up to 20% faster in top sites for news, social, search, ecommerce, and more.
Here are some of the features of Internet Explorer 10:
- Create rich visual effects with CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, CSS3 Transitions and Animations, CSS3 Gradient, and SVG Filter Effects
- More sophisticated and responsive page layouts with CSS3 for publication quality page layouts and responsive application UI (CSS3 grid, flexbox, multi-column, positioned floats, regions, and hyphenation), HTML5 Forms, input controls, and validation
- Enhanced Web programming model for better offline applications through local storage with IndexedDB and the HTML5 Application Cache; Web Sockets, HTML5 History, Async scripts, HTML5 File APIs, HTML5 Drag-drop, HTML5 Sandboxing, Web workers, ES5 Strict mode support
- Beautiful and interactive Web applications with support for several new technologies like CSS3 Positioned Floats, HTML5 Drag-drop, File Reader API, Media Query Listeners, Pointer Events, and HTML5 Forms
- Improved Web application security with the same markup and support for HTML5 Sandbox for iframe isolation
As for privacy, the Do Not Track signal will be turned on by default in IE10 for Windows 7, just as it was for Windows 8.
However, there is nothing that indicates that Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 will come with built-in Flash support. This may indicate that Microsoft now takes a step away from this format, even though it was included in the Windows 8 version.
If you’re on a Windows 7 computer, you can download the new version here.