A preview of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), which is the default browser in Windows 8, is now available for Windows 7 users as well. The new browser is not compatible with older Windows versions such as XP and Vista.
IE10 expands on Internet Explorer 9 functionality in regards to CSS3 support, hardware acceleration, and HTML5 support. IE 10 has some new features.
IE10 was developed for Windows 8, but is now being rolled out to those who have not yet upgraded to the new OS. On the security front, IE10 includes the “do not track” technology turned on by default, so advertisers cannot secretly monitor your activity in order to serve up targeted ads. Those who want it, however, can disable “do not track.”
As PCMag’s Michael Muchmore noted recently, IE10 “leads a double life” in Windows 8, given that you can run it in the traditional desktop view, as well as the interface formerly known as Metro. It also gets a speed boost and improved support for emerging web technologies over its predecessor.
The preview or ‘test mode’ of IE 10 for Windows 7 can be downloaded from the Microsoft website. Microsoft also hopes Internet Explorer 10 can reclaim the position it use to have in the Web browser market. Some reports state that Google Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer as the world’s most popular browser.