IE10 for Windows 7; preview arriving tomorrow

Microsoft has been steadily losing browser share for the best part of a decade, with Google’s Chrome the main competitor to Internet Explorer. Firefox and Opera have loyal followings, but Chrome is the one Microsoft would be looking to fend off.

Now that Windows 8 has hit, the early adopters are getting to experience Internet Explorer 10, in both in Modern UI and regular desktop flavours. But what about Windows 7 users still stuck on IE9? Microsoft famously left XP users in the cold when it released IE9 for Vista and 7, so when Microsoft promised the latest browser was coming to their most popular OS in preview form, people still took note that there was no firm plans to bring IE10 to Windows 7 in final form.

Well mark November 13th in your diary, as this is when IE10 will hit for Windows 7. Yes, that’s tomorrow! It was Roger Capriotti, Product Marketing Director for IE that stated that the build will be available from tomorrow.

With benchmarking results for the new browser mixed, mostly losing out to Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft might struggle to convince some users to switch back to the bundled browser. For the most part however, the average user, especially the new Windows 8 user(s), should help build consumer confidence in the once dominant browser.

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Hopefully it's not going to be like the last Preview and have buttons on it this time, and overwrite the existing version of IE also.

LUTZIFER said,
Hopefully it's not going to be like the last Preview and have buttons on it this time, and overwrite the existing version of IE also.
It's not a Platform Preview, but a Consumer/Release Preview, so it will overwrite IE8/9 and it has an UI.

Studio384 said,
It's not a Platform Preview, but a Consumer/Release Preview, so it will overwrite IE8/9 and it has an UI.

Cool, thanx.

ClassicTrekker said,
So is this a preview, or is it the "retail" version? I can't imagine Microsoft sending a preview version through Windows Update.

This is a PREVIEW version only, as the title suggests - it therefore won't be offered through Windows Update to my knowledge

Can't wait for it to use it! Anyway, I'm currently using Windows 8 with IE10, but my dualboot Windows 7 installation will run IE10 to.

It's about time. While IE9 made some really good advances in the rendering engine to support CSS3 and HTML5, IE10 puts it much closer to the mark of modern browsers. It only makes sense that they would want to support the latest version of IE on Win7 since there are so many people who won't be upgrading to Win8 on their desktop or laptop computers.

Hope it doesn't bring Windows 8 ugliness to Windows 7's Aero. MS of today can make ANY mistake. The management have kids' IQ even if their technical expertise is decent.

MsftGaurav said,
Hope it doesn't bring Windows 8 ugliness to Windows 7's Aero. MS of today can make ANY mistake. The management have kids' IQ even if their technical expertise is decent.
There won't be any change in design, except for the navigation buttons, but also those can get their current IE9 style, since Movie Maker 2012 also looks difrent on Windows 7 and 8.

MsftGaurav said,
Hope it doesn't bring Windows 8 ugliness to Windows 7's Aero. MS of today can make ANY mistake. The management have kids' IQ even if their technical expertise is decent.

Why aren't you using Linux or OS X or Haiku or BSD or whatever non-MS OS then?

Aethec said,

Why aren't you using Linux or OS X or Haiku or BSD or whatever non-MS OS then?

Cause he REALLY REALLY likes XP

MsftGaurav said,
Hope it doesn't bring Windows 8 ugliness to Windows 7's Aero. MS of today can make ANY mistake. The management have kids' IQ even if their technical expertise is decent.

That's why IE10 for Win7 needs time. Also, the most important, it won't have the ugly font rendering as on Win 8. On Win 8, IE10 Deskop is using the Metro font rendering and you can't do anything to change the ugly fonts. Combatibility mode, Disable Hardware Acceleration or Tune Cleartype -nothing works. The fonts are fixed. Good luck, your eyes is gonna need it.

neonspark said,
meanwhile FF is declining to irrelevance. sad day.

Wrong, Firefox is still doing fine. Back on topic we'll see how IE 10
preview for Win 7 runs tomorrow.

i am a chrome user and in windows 8 i really enjoy using ie10. actually i havent used chrome for a while now...

typu said,
i am a chrome user and in windows 8 i really enjoy using ie10. actually i havent used chrome for a while now...

I use Windows 8 and also love ie10, but Chrome's HTML5 support, the UI, and more still have me falling in love with the browser.

singularity87 said,
Is there a supported way to have Chrome not open in Metro if it's the default browser?

I never opened Chrome in Metro. Heck I tried to and it never responded. Also, Chrome for 8 runs in the background, so whenever you close Chrome, it's still running.

singularity87 said,
Is there a supported way to have Chrome not open in Metro if it's the default browser?

The tile of the default browser will always open the Metro version. However, you should be able to just make a desktop/taskbar shortcut to the executable to open it in desktop mode.

Mr.XXIV said,
I never opened Chrome in Metro. Heck I tried to and it never responded. Also, Chrome for 8 runs in the background, so whenever you close Chrome, it's still running.
Not sure what you are saying here. You seem to say that you never run it in Metro but when you do run it in Metro it doesn't close??

mog0 said,
Not sure what you are saying here. You seem to say that you never run it in Metro but when you do run it in Metro it doesn't close??

More like, I try to open it in metro, but it doesn't.

What I find a real problem with IE these days is that it lacks a really good Ad Blocker. While with Chrome, FireFox and even Safari they are super easy to find. Anyone have any good recommendations out there?

tmaxxtigger said,
What I find a real problem with IE these days is that it lacks a really good Ad Blocker. While with Chrome, FireFox and even Safari they are super easy to find. Anyone have any good recommendations out there?

I don't see any ads since some 4 or 5 years ago... Running a Tomato router with ad blocker/pixelserve on board...

tmaxxtigger said,
What I find a real problem with IE these days is that it lacks a really good Ad Blocker. While with Chrome, FireFox and even Safari they are super easy to find. Anyone have any good recommendations out there?

Take a look at Adblock Plus lists for IE (there is a link to Fanboy's list if you prefer it) http://dayngo.com/static/filter.html

tmaxxtigger said,
What I find a real problem with IE these days is that it lacks a really good Ad Blocker. While with Chrome, FireFox and even Safari they are super easy to find. Anyone have any good recommendations out there?
The lack of that one build in adblocker that block realy EVERY add, you mean?

tmaxxtigger said,
What I find a real problem with IE these days is that it lacks a really good Ad Blocker. While with Chrome, FireFox and even Safari they are super easy to find. Anyone have any good recommendations out there?

it's built-in man...

aviator189 said,

it's built-in man...

It's not built-in. And if you mean the Tracking Protection thing then it's not exactly designed to block ads. You also have to download lists which will block SOME ads but not all. I find it only blocks about 70% of ads. While Adblock for Chrome will block about 99% and also remove the empty white space, where the ad would have been. It even blocks youtube ads.

My main problem with IE10 is that it still don't have proper add-on support. It's WAY easier to develop an add-on for Chrome or Firefox. MS still don't have a proper system in place. If this gets sorted out then i'd switch to IE10 as it has the best performance and GPU acceleration.

NoClipMode said,

It's not built-in. And if you mean the Tracking Protection thing then it's not exactly designed to block ads. You also have to download lists which will block SOME ads but not all. I find it only blocks about 70% of ads. While Adblock for Chrome will block about 99% and also remove the empty white space, where the ad would have been. It even blocks youtube ads.

My main problem with IE10 is that it still don't have proper add-on support. It's WAY easier to develop an add-on for Chrome or Firefox. MS still don't have a proper system in place. If this gets sorted out then i'd switch to IE10 as it has the best performance and GPU acceleration.

Ad blocking IS BUILT IN, you can apply any set of ad blocking rules from various list sites or your own personal rules, or even let IE start to identify them itself. THERE IS NO NEED FOR A PLUGIN if you set up the features properly.

As for the Plugin architecture, IE has had one of the MOST ROBUST Plugin technologies going back to IE 4 and the 1990s.

However, as you may be realizing, there is a movement to GET AWAY from plugin technology as there is less of need for it with modern content. Even MICROSOFT themselves have stopped various internal plugin work for IE and has shut them off in the Windows 8 UI version of IE completely.

You are NEVER going to see IE get any better with Plugins, as on the desktop it is still one of the most robust architectures for plugins, and in the new Modern UI there is no longer a need for plugins.

What kills me is during the Chrome rise to fame, it had ZERO support for plugins. This was due to the fact they did not know or have a good broker security model to deal with plugins while running in a sandbox. IE7 did, which is what the Chrome plugin broker model is copied from. Now that Chrome supports plugins, everyone thinks they can't live without a plugin.

As the world has found out from Android and iOS, users can get by just fine without Plugin technology. Which is just like Windows 8 Apps UI version of IE10, except it still allows limited Flash support as that 'broker' is baked into the framework.

What magical features do you really need that you are willing to TRUST 3rd party software to run on your computer?