Following almost 2 years of tinkering and testing, Microsoft has finally released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 SP1… (yes, SP1 is a requirement).
Internet Explorer 10 will be rolled out to Windows 7 users via Windows Updates over the coming weeks. However, for those who’d prefer not to wait, IE10 is available for direct download right now, in 95 languages, here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36806&WT.mc_id
Internet Explorer 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s formative browser which has been included in Windows 8 since the new operating system’s official release in late October. The Windows 7 version also features a touch-enabled interface, although the look and feel remain very similar to the minimalistic IE9.
So, the big question… to upgrade or not to upgrade?
If you’re an habitual Internet Explorer user the answer is pretty straight forward… yes, definitely. Latest browser versions invariably provide higher levels of security as well as enhanced feature sets. Internet Explorer 10 includes an integrated spell checker (well overdue) and auto-correct features. Flash player is also now integrated into the browser. Under the hood we have improved support for Web standards, such as HTML 5… and ‘Do Not Track’ is now enabled by default. Perhaps most critically, Internet Explorer 10 is very fast, according to Microsoft, around 20% faster than IE9.
I have Firefox installed alongside Internet Explorer 10 in my Windows 8 system, I can tell you unequivocally that IE10 absolutely kills Firefox 19 in the speed department. I haven’t compared IE10 with Chrome myself but there are plenty of user comments suggesting that IE10 is even faster than Google’s browser. I’m still using IE9 in my Windows 7 system and, although a side-by-side comparison is difficult at best, I get the feel that IE10 is definitely more responsive.
Even though it is currently not my default browser, in my humble opinion, Internet Explorer 9 is a very good browser, fast and secure… Internet Explorer 10 even more so.