Internet Explorer 10 Preview Version for Windows 7 released

As promised, Microsoft has released the "Preview Version" of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. This version of Microsoft's home grown web browser first made its debut with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT in late October. Microsoft posted up a landing page with URLs for downloads of IE9 and IE10 for Windows 7 but the actual download link did not go live until later in the day.

The version of IE 10 released for Windows 8 has already proved to be a solid performance, based on what a third party study showed earlier this month. It claimed that IE 10 was the fastest web browser on Windows-based PCs. Hopefully that speed increase will translate into the Windows 7 version of the browser.

Microsoft has been battling with Google, and its Chrome web browser, for the past few years, and Chrome has gained a ton of market share in the Windows browser space, with some research claiming that Chrome is in fact the world's most popular PC web browser. Mozila's Firefox is also still in the hunt but is trailing IE and Chrome in third place, with Apple's Safari and the Opera browser well behind.

Source: 32-bit IE 10 Windows 7 and 64-bit IE 10 for Windows 7

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Installed and working fine on win7 Ultimate x64, tried all the sites I go to and non of them gave me any problems, not even my bank, which normally complains that I am not using the correct browser

Stup0t said,
Installed and working fine on win7 Ultimate x64, tried all the sites I go to and non of them gave me any problems, not even my bank, which normally complains that I am not using the correct browser

I seem to have problems on YouTube and Facebook--adding videos to playlists on YouTube, and Like and Commenting on Facebook don't seem to be working. Could be PEBKAC, (Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair), I suppose. Just wish I could figure it out.

For some odd reason, IE10 doesn't like Facebook...I mean, comments won't post, pressing "Like" doesn't work...and, there's no compatibility mode button for the Facebook page (it's there for some pages, not for others.)

i really hate the ie ui since version 9, the lack of customization and the me too chrome wannabe ui which its too oversimplified, restricted and completely uncustomizable....

I really hope that changes in ie 10 focus on bring power users back to ie....

eilegz said,
i really hate the ie ui since version 9, the lack of customization and the me too chrome wannabe ui which its too oversimplified, restricted and completely uncustomizable....

I really hope that changes in ie 10 focus on bring power users back to ie....

What kind of customizations?
I can put tabs on a separate row; move stop and refresh buttons to the left side of address bar; put settings, home, printer, etc. buttons on a dedicated row; use the favorites bar and put it on the same row; etc.

Frankenchrist said,
42.7mb makes it the largest browser download - by far. Still the leanest browser?
Uhm, that 'cause Chrome use a webinstaller so you don't download the actually browser. IE does, the thing it downloads in the instalation are only updates that are needed to use IE10.

Chrome download is about 22 mb in all, Firefox is about 19mb and Opera is 12mb, so despite the "webinstaller" all other browsers are less than half the size of IE.

Studio384 said,
Uhm, that 'cause Chrome use a webinstaller so you don't download the actually browser. IE does, the thing it downloads in the instalation are only updates that are needed to use IE10.

Frankenchrist said,
42.7mb makes it the largest browser download - by far. Still the leanest browser?

Ok, let us separate out facts...

Just because the INSTALL is larger, DOES NOT MAKE THE SOFTWARE ITSELF BIGGER OR LESS LEAN.

One of the delays of IE10 is in backporting some of the GPU/DirectX and framework features that are available on Windows 8. So these have to be installed on Windows 7 for IE10 to run properly or things like the software render fallback would NOT WORK.

How about this... Look at the Memory consumption and speed of the browser in comparison to the other browsers.

And do one even better that you notice Google and others NEVER mention, notice the CPU usage of IE10 compared to Chrome and Firefox, especially when running rich Graphical HTML5 tests.

IE10 opens faster than Firefox and Chrome and still run a majority of high end HTML5 content significantly faster.

Additional frameworks and features to support the software are NOT a reflection of how lean it is or not.

So if you want to consider the download size as the basis of what LEAN software is, you are changing the definition and cheating yourself out of a bit of reality.

I'm not sure if I'm liking how text appears on tab titles, it's a little too small and there's no white shadow under the black text.

Aside from that, the browser seems fast! I like it!

And IE finally has a spellchecker! I just used it -- strictly for scientific purposes, of course -- and it worked!

Loading Facebook a milli second faster doesn't matter. Once you are on broadband, the Internet is fast no matter which browser you use.

Who cares about speed, it's all about features.
Speaking of which, does IE10 support native Websockets now?
Also, have they changed the DOM inspector at all in this version?

Question to people using this: If you hit F12, can you change the rendering engine back to IE7, 8 & 9? Thanks.

hotdog963al said,
Who cares about speed, it's all about features.
Speaking of which, does IE10 support native Websockets now?
Also, have they changed the DOM inspector at all in this version?

Question to people using this: If you hit F12, can you change the rendering engine back to IE7, 8 & 9? Thanks.


Yes, IE10 has native Websocket support now and yes you can change the rendering engine from dev tools to IE7 to IE9. No idea of the DOM inspector, can't remember how it was in IE9.

Thanks! I will be upgrading then. Need to be able to test in previous versions.
MS are pretty cool guys for allowing us to continue supporting their 'mistakes' of the past

Well after a few hours using IE 10, I have noticed some cool features I really am liking!!
One thing is how Tabs are working in it. Like when a few tabs or so have been opened up, you don't have to move the cursor over to close other tabs. Sweet feature.
I noticed a spell checker built in, nice.
Well I'm definitely happy with this.

Nas said,
I wonder if IE9 (32-bit) and IE10 (64-bit) can run side-by-side...

Not on my end. I installed the 64 bit version and the old IE icon on my taskbar for the 32 bit version is running IE 10.

neonspark said,
firefox is dead. too bad.

It is not , Firefox 19 (nightly as of now) has a new Engine with ~30% performance boost , with a lot more places for optimizations. In Octane (Google's own benchmark) , it was 42% slower than Chrome's latest dev , and is 2x faster than Firefox 8 (released a year ago , same month). It is just that no one cares now ...

GreatMarkO said,
This "Release Preview" can also be installed on Windows Server 2008 AND Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011!

Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2?

I'm asking because IE10 won't run in Vista which is the client analog to Server 2008.

I can't really tell the difference between 9 and 10. No complaints though.
IE 9 was already so fast, so I couldn't actually understand how IE 10 would load a page faster than the half a second it already took IE 9 to load any page.
But anyways, glad nothing changed dramatically. I think I have spotted a few cool functions, but still trying this out.

LUTZIFER said,
I can't really tell the difference between 9 and 10.

The UI is essentially the same, but IE10 uses an updated rendering engine with better support for HTML5, CSS3, and Hardware Acceleration!

BeLGaRaTh said,
No En-GB? Bit of a fail there, I dont like Yankee spelling

Yeah, god forbid with it being a preview version and all.

Javik said,
http://postimage.org/image/ckbfxk7px/

Still not as fast as Chrome but a reasonable improvement over IE9, plus no drastic changes to the UI which is good for continuity

I've been a chrome user since launch and I've never looked back because how fast it was. Having said that on my Win 8 machine IE 10 feels faster than Chorme - fast loading up, faster rendering webpages, and faster detaching tabs/creating new tabs. Don't get me wrong, Chrome is right up there, but that's my perception. I still use Chrome, however, because of "paste and go" and the ability to highlight a word and search. If IE had that I would have no problem using it like I did in the past.

I think with IE 10 we are at a point now where these speed tests don't matter because of the infinitesimal speed gains between each web browser. Functionality still matters, but at least IE now I feel is just as fast (or faster) than all other browsers now.

DRock said,

the ability to highlight a word and search. If IE had that I would have no problem using it like I did in the past.


never heard of accelerators?
Since ie8 I highlight a word and I search for it on Bing, map an address or translate it (or even send it via email). And it comes out of the box basically

DRock said,

I still use Chrome, however, because of "paste and go" and the ability to highlight a word and search. If IE had that I would have no problem using it like I did in the past

I'm not sure about the paste and go part, but if you mean highlighting a word and doing a web search for it, IE does that

THolman said,

I'm not sure about the paste and go part, but if you mean highlighting a word and doing a web search for it, IE does that

Nope, if you copy a URL, and right click on the address bar, it gives you a 'Paste and go' option that pastes the URL and goes to that site. Alternatively, you can select/copy a word, and you right click on the address bar, you get a paste and search.

There are many ways to do the same thing in the computing world...

Javik said,
http://postimage.org/image/ckbfxk7px/

Still not as fast as Chrome but a reasonable improvement over IE9, plus no drastic changes to the UI which is good for continuity

Considering Peacekeeper is using WebGL, any version of IE or any Secure Browser will NEVER BE AS FAST AS CHROME, as they don't support a non-standard that is a security risk.

Try this test:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/Chalkboard/

It tests graphics and panning/zooming. We have yet to see Chrome on a high end desktop score faster than a Windows Phone.

Try several of the tests on the IETestDrive site, they are standards HTML5/CSS3, you will find Chrome not only has trouble keeping up to IE10 (or even IE9), but the CPU usage goes through the roof, while IE can run the tests with only tiny CPU use.

Heck even try:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/RoboHornetPro/

Notice that the UI and render threading differences, and one reason IE10 is more responsive than Chrome.

DRock said,

I still use Chrome, however, because of "paste and go" and the ability to highlight a word and search. If IE had that I would have no problem using it like I did in the past.

IE8-IE10 does have that. It's called Accelerators. You highlight a word and then a blue icon hovers and you can choose several web-based things to do with it.

este said,
Why is the US release the smallest filesize on the x64 page?

Probably doesn't include other language sets?

wasd- said,
Whats the point of PRE-RELEASE software? They dont have testers?

I'm sure they do, but Microsoft's own base of testers is probably too small a sample size for the large userbase that is Windows to detect all of the bugs.

wasd- said,
Whats the point of PRE-RELEASE software? They dont have testers?

So developers can start testing their web site/applications for compatibility and make changes before he general public get hold of it and complain its not compatible.

wasd- said,
Whats the point of PRE-RELEASE software? They dont have testers?

They don't have FREE testers! XD
On a more serious note, they get way more testing and in real life situations which is very important. I actually like to try new software and get more features earlier even if that means that I'll encounter bugs from time to time.

Repost from forum topic:

2540 score on peacekeeper test on my laptop.
320 From html5test
Sunspider 110.8 ms

V8 v6 score - 6827

Kraken:
===============================================
RESULTS (means and 95% confidence intervals)
-----------------------------------------------
Total: 4919.7ms +/- 0.6%

Kirkburn said,
Sorry, but that's meaningless without a comparison to other browsers.

They are kinda meaningless even with a comparison to other browsers.

spudtrooper said,
Repost from forum topic:

2540 score on peacekeeper test on my laptop.
320 From html5test
Sunspider 110.8 ms

V8 v6 score - 6827

Kraken:
===============================================
RESULTS (means and 95% confidence intervals)
-----------------------------------------------
Total: 4919.7ms +/- 0.6%

Awesome, tests that use or check for WebGL and other marvelous NONSTANDARDS.

Even SunSpider is a WebKit test, where IE9 and IE10 had to be modified because its compiler made many of the tests return instantly since it could predict the answer.


If you base a browser on any artificial tests, you need to realize you are just fooling yourself. Especially when the tests you are using is also manipulating you because they are testing NON-HTML5 and NON-Standards and marking browsers up or down because of this support.

thenetavenger said,

Awesome, tests that use or check for WebGL and other marvelous NONSTANDARDS.

Even SunSpider is a WebKit test, where IE9 and IE10 had to be modified because its compiler made many of the tests return instantly since it could predict the answer.


If you base a browser on any artificial tests, you need to realize you are just fooling yourself. Especially when the tests you are using is also manipulating you because they are testing NON-HTML5 and NON-Standards and marking browsers up or down because of this support.


Still makes me laugh when those testers with their javascript benchmarks where crying for IE9's predictions and skipping useless loops and what not