Friday 8 March 2013

Internet Explorer 10 now available for Windows 7

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 after more than a year of testing. Internet Explorer 10 has been a Windows 8 exclusive so far, but Windows 7 users can get their hands on it with the official release of IE 10 for Windows 7.

What's changed from IE 8 / IE 9 ? For many Windows 7 users, there will be no apparent change other than the updated interface. Windows 8 users running Internet Explorer 10 will notice the biggest changes as Microsoft designed IE from the ground up to work with touch. Windows 7 users won't get the simplified touch interface nor will they get handy features like sharing from the Windows Charms Bar.

There are plenty of improvements under the hood of the Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. Here's a look at the features that may make you to upgrade.

Do Not Track Enabled by Default

It seems that just about every browser these days has a 'do not track' feature. This feature allows users to opt out of targeted advertising. With Google Chrome, you'll have to enable it yourself. Microsoft makes 'do not track' user friendly by having it be opt-out instead. This move by Microsoft has upset some companies with its do not track enabled by default. Some companies have announced that they will be ignoring IE 10's do not track settings.

Flip Ahead

Internet Explorer 10 can detect when an article on the Web has multiple pages, and offers a “Flip Ahead” function to turn to the next page. It's useful if you're reading through an article and can't find the “next page” button on the website. Just hit the “Forward” button in IE10's navigation bar to flip the page. This feature is disabled by default because it sends your browsing history to Microsoft. To enable it, go to Internet Properties > Advanced > Browsing and check “Enable Flip Ahead.”

Security Enhancements

IE has been very weak in the security department and Microsoft hopes to change this with IE 10. The main security addition to IE 10 is "Enhanced Protected Mode," which will lock down parts of the Windows operating system, preventing the browser from accessing the OS. There will be specific pop-ups that will ask for permission to access part of the OS that a browser typically doesn't require. This will help prevent viruses or hackers from gaining access to your files, even if IE has been compromised.

Performance Enhancements

IE 10 is the quickest version of the browser yet. Microsoft has included support for web standards like CSS animations, HTML5 spell checking, and improved JavaScript performance. The browser definitely feels a lot snappier than previous versions and puts it on par with competitors like Firefox and Chrome. Microsoft even partnered with Atari and Contre Jour to show off the power of Internet Explorer 10.

There are plenty more improvements to the browser but these are the most notable.

Note: To upgrade to IE 10 for Windows 7. You need to have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed as your OS. If you don't have SP1. You cant install IE 10.


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