Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 10.0.9200.16521

Internet Explorer 10 finally comes to Windows 7

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 allows Windows 7 users to test out the latest version of Microsoft's browser. View full description

PROS

  • Performance improvements
  • Do not track enabled by default
  • Support for add-ons
  • Isolates browser from rest of the OS

CONS

  • Some antiquated interface elements remain

Very good
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Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 allows Windows 7 users to test out the latest version of Microsoft's browser.

Windows 8 launched with Internet Explorer 10 installed by default but Windows 7 users were still stuck with IE 9. With Internet Explorer 10 Preview, Windows 7 users can now enjoy some of the new features that Windows 8 already have.

While Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 lives a double life as a touch-based and desktop browser, Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 only presents the desktop version of IE 10. Still, there are plenty of interface and upgrades under the hood.

Interface

The interface of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 has changed only a little. The forward and back buttons are integrated into the window, making the look of Internet Explorer 10 Preview more seamless. Tabs and the address bar share the same space. If you have a lot of tabs open, the interface can look a bit cluttered.

Menus have been simplified and the menu bar is still hidden by default. Users can get to all of the options from the little gear icon on the top right. The options menu is still there for the more technically inclined but it hasn't received any update.

Performance

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 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.

In our HTML5 benchmarks, Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 fell behind both Chrome and Opera but beat out Firefox. It is slightly faster than IE 9 and much faster than IE 8. Microsoft has done a great job of making Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 a speedy browser.

Security

IE has been very weak in the security department and Microsoft hopes to change this with Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. The main security addition to Internet Explorer 10 Preview 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.

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 takes a page out of Google's play book and adds automatic updating. This way, users won't have to remember to update their browsers for the latest security and performance upgrades.

Do Not Track

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 Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7's do not track settings.

Integrated Flash

Like in Windows 8's version of Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 will feature integrated Adobe Flash support but only for selected sites. The Flash plugin isn't integrated into Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 yet but will be added in a future update for the browser.

Wrap-up

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 offers a great look at the future of IE 10 but lacks the complete touch-focused redesigned of IE 10 for Windows 8. There are still interface elements in the Internet Explorer 10 Preview that look and feel antiquated. Unfortunately, its improvements aren't enough to sway users away from competitors like Firefox or Chrome.

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 10.0.9200.16521

— User reviews — about Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

  • FDM1

    by FDM1

    "thank"

    god work and i need it fast speed some software need it thanks. More.

    reviewed on February 12, 2017

  • Kolappan Nathan

    by Kolappan Nathan

    "Worst ever browser seen"

    I would not have touched the browser if it not built-in within windows. As far as i see it is the best browser to downlo... More.

    reviewed on August 9, 2014

  • Vivian09

    by Vivian09

    "Make it our choice if we want to download something? "

    It absolutely sucks, it loads itself down on my computer and everything goes slow, can go into my yahoo account, but can... More.

    reviewed on October 20, 2013

  • hal.rabon

    by hal.rabon

    "Fix the bugs with Windows 10 then offer the free download."

    From the viewer side of it, it sounds if they aren't to happy about it, do to the fact of losing some of their features... More.

    reviewed on April 22, 2013

  • Mitvah

    by Mitvah

    "Typical Microsoft junk if it works break it."

    Total junk Invalidates all my Web code that has worked for years. More.

    reviewed on March 15, 2013

  • rogelio.aquino.967

    by rogelio.aquino.967

    "To experience what is all about the internet explorer to any other."

    Just try it into working of internet. Because I am not will inform about this kind of activities I just want to use it i... More.

    reviewed on March 2, 2013