Internet Explorer 11 will be coming to Windows 7


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Microsoft confirmed to Engadget today that Internet Explorer 11 will be coming to Windows 7, although it wasn't mentioned exactly when the web browser will be available on the last-generation operating system. Internet Explorer 11 will be available alongside Windows 8.1 when it's released as a final version later this year, although in the meantime you can check out a Preview version as part of the Windows 8.1 Preview.

Previously Microsoft wouldn't say whether Internet Explorer 11 would come to Windows 7, although it was speculated it would as Internet Explorer 10 eventually made its way to Windows 7 several months after the launch of Windows 8. The news that IE11 is coming to Windows 7 will please many people who don't want to upgrade to Microsoft's latest OS, but still want the benefits of a modern browser including improved battery life, better speed and WebGL support.

Source: Engadget

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And I should think so too! It's utterly ridiculous to limit browser updates just to get people to buy upgrades for their OS, it directly slows progression of new web technologies. Everyone has to cater for IE8 now until XP users finally upgrade, why should their usage of such an old OS be my problem? They should be able to install the latest version of their web browser, like they can with Chrome and Firefox. Gah!

Internet Explorer. which I admit I still use as my default browser, just seems stuck in the past. The changes always appear to be under the hood (not that this isn't important) rather than improving UI and features.

Kwan26 said,
It must support windows 7. When was the last time chrome changed its system requirements since the first release?

Didn't ms stop ie upgrades for xp and vista users at some point?

Order_66 said,

Didn't ms stop ie upgrades for xp and vista users at some point?


Considering the market share for XP/Vista, it's not really a surprise.

how about windows XP

yeah we need a update ie8 its just so outdated, maybe a update for the rendering engine but not the UI

How about it?

I'm tired of having to dumb down or hack my HTML5 sites to support IE8 - but I don't have much choice - I can't expect users to buy a new computer or switch to totally different browser like Chrome just to get a website to work.

I wish I could just tell IE8 users they need to upgrade to the current version of their browser to use this website - that's totally reasonable. Too bad Microsoft abandoned these users so they can never upgrade.

Y'know, I'm a person who generally lags behind OS upgrades and is never in a hurry to change something when it works for me, but ... dang, man.

kayan said,
How about it?

I'm tired of having to dumb down or hack my HTML5 sites to support IE8 - but I don't have much choice - I can't expect users to buy a new computer or switch to totally different browser like Chrome just to get a website to work.

I wish I could just tell IE8 users they need to upgrade to the current version of their browser to use this website - that's totally reasonable. Too bad Microsoft abandoned these users so they can never upgrade.

I wish more people could see it like this. It's a real pain in the arse for developers because IE8 has so many little oddities. If only IE was self-contained and self-updating...

Yay, for Windows 7!

I wonder how many more processes this will take to run? Never have found out what the 1 extra process running under IE10 is, and JUST for that reason, I don't use it!

Heaven forbid you get a new program that requires an extra service and doesn't tell you about it...

Talk about being a bit over pedantic!

cork1958 said,
Yay, for Windows 7!

I wonder how many more processes this will take to run? Never have found out what the 1 extra process running under IE10 is, and JUST for that reason, I don't use it!

Ho my! 1 extra process! Run for ya live!

Good news. I just finished a Haswell/GTX 780 build running wonderfully with Windows 7 and a Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD. Windows 8 is fast? Windows 7 ain't no slouch either.

Ci7 said,
what a waste
A waste of what? Please enlighten me. Windows 8 will shave .3 seconds off my boot up time? Will it run my CAD programs faster? What, web pages will fly?

Sszecret said,

Given that Win8 has a smaller memory footprint, I'd say yes. ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/arc...me-memory-in-windows-8.aspx)
Um, I have 32GBs of ram. Who cares about memory foot print. Anything else? Yes, I am aware of the speed improvements of Windows 8, especially with laptops and older machines. I used it with my old build, an i7 3770k/GTX 680/Intel 520 SSD, and saw no mind boggling speed difference from Windows 7. Honestly, Windows 7 and 8 run the same with high-end hardware and one cannot tell the difference. Give me some pointers on what to look at. Obviously I'm missing this great speed difference everyone is referring to.

JHBrown said,
Um, I have 32GBs of ram. Who cares about memory foot print. Anything else? Yes, I am aware of the speed improvements of Windows 8, especially with laptops and older machines. I used it with my old build, an i7 3770k/GTX 680/Intel 520 SSD, and saw no mind boggling speed difference from Windows 7. Honestly, Windows 7 and 8 run the same with high-end hardware and one cannot tell the difference. Give me some pointers on what to look at. Obviously I'm missing this great speed difference everyone is referring to.

For you, no, but as you say, you've got a high end machine with lots of RAM. It'd take a massive increase in performance for that to be noticeable, or for you to care, for that matter. Those with older, slower machines would.

DaveBG said,
Yep it was about time they release it for Win 7.

How do you figure? It hasn't been released for Windows 8 yet.

zeke009 said,

How do you figure? It hasn't been released for Windows 8 yet.

I do not intend to use Windows 8 until they fix the nonsense with the new start menu...