Internet Explorer 10 debuted on Windows 8, and until now was only available to people who bought into Microsoft's big Windows redo. That changes today, as Redmond rolls out Internet Explorer 10.0 Windows 7 Final Version (download).
The update brings enormous changes to the browser, and mostly for the better. Internet Explorer 10 is not only faster and more stable than the current IE for Windows 7, version 9, it's also far more standards-compliant.
The standards that IE 10 adheres to are nothing to sneeze at. Microsoft claims that its labs have found the new version of the browser to be 20 percent faster on Windows 7 than IE 9, and it supports a veritable alphabet soup of HTML5 and CSS3 improvements -- 60 percent more standards-compliant than IE 9, says Microsoft. These include CSS Text Shadow; CSS 3D Transforms; CSS3 Transitions and Animations; CSS3 Gradient; SVG Filter Effects; HTML5 Forms; input controls; validation; Web sockets; HTML5 Sandboxing; Web workers; HTML5 App Cache; File Reader API; and HTML5 Drag-drop, among other backend improvements.
In short, modern HTML5 sites that run smoothly in IE 10 on Windows 8, or the latest browsers from Chrome and Firefox, will now work properly in IE 10 on Windows 7.
In terms of new features, Internet Explorer 10 introduces a new setting, Do Not Track, which is part of Microsoft’s privacy statement for Windows 7. The option is turned on by default and is a request to the sites you visit to respect your privacy and, therefore, not collect information about your browsing session. It does not prevent the tracking, but does make your wish known. The request can be turned off by going to “Advanced” tab under Internet Options (check the Security section). But having this option turned on by default is not pleasing for advertising companies, albeit some users applaud the move.
Internet Explorer 10 did not change too much in terms of looks, but it managed to take a huge leap in terms of performance. Actually, even the welcome pages for the two builds are strikingly similar: the same presentation image is displayed for both IE10 and IE9. The difference in speed compared to the previous major build is clear, and the tests simply concur that the browser has come a long way.
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Internet Explorer 10.0 Windows 7 Final
It looks like Microsoft is not yet ready to give up the classic menu bar (press Alt key), although most of the functions are available from the cogwheel menu or via keyboard shortcuts that most users are already accustomed to.
Transitioning to the new release is smooth, with all your settings for the SmartScreen Filter, Suggested Sites and Compatibility Lists being preserved.
There's little doubt that Internet Explorer 10 is the first version of IE in some time to ship with a fighting chance of being compared favorably to its competition. Being on Windows 7 is a massive boon to IE 10, but its inability to work on older operating systems that its competitors can comfortably perform on will hamstring it until those systems have significantly lower market share.
* Fast: Internet Explorer 10 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
* Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
* Safer: Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.
The browser underwent some changes as far as performance is concerned, and it shows. Not only is the application more responsive, but it also offers faster browsing.
Overall usability of the browser still has to be improved, as simple activities, such as opening a previous session, are still carried out a bit awkwardly.
Restarting the computer is still necessary in order to complete the upgrade.
It took a while to get it here, but Internet Explorer 10 does mark a milestone in the browser’s evolution, at least where performance is concerned. As far as usability goes, remnants from older versions are still obvious.
- Processor: Computer with a 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
- Operating system: Windows 7 (32-bit / 64-bit) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher; Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) 64-bit
- Memory: 512 MB Ram
- Hard drive space: Windows 7 32-bit—70 MB; Windows 7 64-bit—120 MB; Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit—200 MB
- CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM)
- Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors
- Modem or Internet connection
- Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device
Download Internet Explorer 10.0 Windows 7 Final for 32-bit and 64-bit Version:
- /EIE10_EN-US_WOL_Win7.EXE (32-bit)