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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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.

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.

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

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

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!

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 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.

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.)

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.

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