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Microsoft backports IE10 for Windows 7

Browser reaches trial phase for older systems
Wed Nov 14 2012, 10:25
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has posted the first release preview of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) for PCs running Windows 7.

The company said that the release preview of its latest web browser will enable users who run older systems or are waiting to upgrade to Windows 8 to enjoy its performance and stability benefits.

The release preview marks the latest step by Microsoft to fully deploy the new version of IE. Microsoft has already released the final versions of IE10 for both Windows 8 PCs and tablets running Windows 8 RT.

Though Windows 8 has been released to the public, most users have yet to upgrade their systems, particularly enterprise users and administrators who often wait for the release of Microsoft's first service pack before migrating to a new release of Windows.

Microsoft said that in addition to the usual performance and stability fixes, IE10 will offer better use of hardware acceleration and support for touchscreen systems. The release will also introduce the Do Not Track feature, which allows users to attempt to block their web surfing data from collection through an opt-in privacy system.

"With this release preview, Windows 7 customers receive all of the performance, security, and under-hood changes that enable a stellar Web experience," Microsoft Internet Explorer group programme manager Rob Mauceri said in a company blog post.

"IE10 Release Preview also sends the 'Do Not Track' signal to Web sites by default to help consumers protect their privacy."

Users can obtain the release preview through Microsoft's download website. µ


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