SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft's Windows 7 users can get their geek on, as the firm has announced availability of the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) release candidate.
The IE11 release candidate boasts an impressive 30 percent speed boost compared to other web browsers, Microsoft claims, and a raft of extras.
Continuing Microsoft's commitment to touchscreen applications, the IE11 release candidate web browser also includes new demos, including Piratemark, a demo that's designed to test HTML5, Java and Scalable Vector Graphics through a pirate themed interface, supposedly as a tribute to International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is tomorrow.
With a raft of other innovations under the bonnet of IE11 including support for a new range of protocols, the Redmond firm apparently has upped its game somewhat.
However, Microsoft is keen to point out that this is just the release candidate, and while all should be well, of course it takes no responsibility for any unexpected side effects - such as, for example, your internet history being posted as a series of screenshots to Instagram. We believe that this is highly unlikely, but forewarned is forearmed, if you ask us.
This download is only available to Windows 7 users, although it does appear in the recently and belatedly released Windows 8.1 RTM that was downloaded over two million times in its first 24 hours.
With so many users having fled Internet Explorer and the competition laws in Europe enforcing competition, Microsoft might have a long way to go if it wants to see its web browser back at the top of the standing, but the major focus on speed seems to represent a definite shift in emphasis. µ
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