IE10 for Windows 7 also has "Do Not Track" as its default

With the launch of the 'Pre-Release' version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 earlier today, Microsoft is now talking more about what Windows 7 users can expect from this new version of the company's web browser.

In a post on the official IE blog, Microsoft says that IE10 on Windows 7 has the same HTML5-based features as IE10 for Windows 8. They include:

Rich Visual Effects: CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, CSS3 Transitions and Animations, CSS3 Gradient, SVG Filter Effects
Sophisticated Page Layouts: CSS3 for publication quality page layouts and application UI (CSS3 grid, flexbox, multi-column, positioned floats, regions, and hyphenation), HTML5 Forms, input controls, and validation
Enhanced Web Programming Model: Better offline applications through local storage with IndexedDB and the HTML5 Application Cache; Web Sockets, HTML5 History, Async scripts, HTML5 File APIs, HTML5 Drag-drop, HTML5 Sandboxing, Web workers, ES5 Strict mode support.

The blog also reveals that the controversial "Do Not Track" setup in IE10 for Windows 8 is also the default for the Windows 7 version. Microsoft says that it has heard from its users that they want to have more control over how much personal information is given out via their web browser use.  

The blog post adds:

While "Do Not Track" is a technology solution that’s still in its formative stages, it holds the promise of giving people greater choice and control of their privacy as they browse the Web. IE10 Windows 7 customers are notified of the "Do Not Track" setting via IE10's first run welcome page, including instructions for how they can turn off "Do Not Track" should they wish.

The blog also has links to some new HTML5 demo pages, including one that renders a 3D model of an Aston Martin, and another called Audio Explosion. A further demo allows people to explore the famous Mandelbrot set visualization. Microsoft says that on identical PC hardware, this demo shows that "... IE10 on average is over twice as fast as Chrome and about 20% faster than Firefox."

Let us know below about your experiences of the new browser!

Source: Internet Explorer blog | Image via Microsoft

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Sigh, installed x64 and all animations and video playback were ruined...strange animations that took a split second went to over 2 seconds for each window open/close. Video playback looked to be missing frames. Restored a drive image thankfully back to normal...Only posting for FYI.

Hahaiah said,
Sigh, installed x64 and all animations and video playback were ruined...strange animations that took a split second went to over 2 seconds for each window open/close. Video playback looked to be missing frames. Restored a drive image thankfully back to normal...Only posting for FYI.

What does that have to do with DNT?

Why is this feature "on" by default? It's not like it's going to be honored. Hell, why is this even a feature of those opposed to it don't even want people to know about it?

I have Do Not Track "off" in Chrome, but will leave it "on" in IE10 for Windows 7.

Doli said,
Does the 3D model of an Aston Martin test looks like pre-rendered video to anyone else?

indeed, it does. Actually I'm pretty sure that it's just a prerendered video. Disappointing

"including instructions for how they can turn off "Do Not Track" should they wish."
Haha, why bother, apache etc. are all happy with breaking the standard and ignoring IE10's setting anyway!

n_K said,
"including instructions for how they can turn off "Do Not Track" should they wish."
Haha, why bother, apache etc. are all happy with breaking the standard and ignoring IE10's setting anyway!

it is up to the web master, not apache. they simply provide the tools. ultimately government legislation will be the only solution.

neonspark said,

it is up to the web master, not apache. they simply provide the tools. ultimately government legislation will be the only solution.

Apache won't honor DNT from IE10 by default.. Webmaster would need to over-ride anyway..

thealexweb said,
Brace for it to be ignored XD Clarification: The DNT setting by websites that is, not IE10 in general.

brace for the class action lawsuit that will follow. I'm sure advertisers know it is coming and they have a choice:
1) honor the setting
2) wait for the government to pass legislation
3) pay out billions in lawsuits that will follow.

neonspark said,

brace for the class action lawsuit that will follow. I'm sure advertisers know it is coming and they have a choice:
1) honor the setting
2) wait for the government to pass legislation
3) pay out billions in lawsuits that will follow.

Until some form of legislation is passed there is no obligation whatsoever for internet firms to oblige so we're a look at years and years before this gesture turns into fruition.

Good, it should be default..

As much as I love Google, if they and the others don't wanna do it, then I think it's time for gov't to start stepping up and telling them to. Having a feature, like Chrome does, that's burried away in advanced prefs, and comes with a warning about how this will only hurt you not help you, is not the way.

Ryoken said,
Good, it should be default..

As much as I love Google, if they and the others don't wanna do it, then I think it's time for gov't to start stepping up and telling them to. Having a feature, like Chrome does, that's burried away in advanced prefs, and comes with a warning about how this will only hurt you not help you, is not the way.

that is MSFT's plan. turn it on then let a class action lawsuit against advertisers that ignore it be the catalyst for government action that finally puts google and other spammers in their place.

Ryoken said,
Good, it should be default..

As much as I love Google, if they and the others don't wanna do it, then I think it's time for gov't to start stepping up and telling them to. Having a feature, like Chrome does, that's burried away in advanced prefs, and comes with a warning about how this will only hurt you not help you, is not the way.

I'm running the latest Chrome canary branch and I don't recall having to enable DNT, but it is enabled.