Microsoft won't say if IE11 will be made for Windows 7

When Microsoft officially announced the first details on its upcoming free Windows 8.1 upgrade, it mentioned it would also include Internet Explorer 11. But is IE11 also going to be released on Windows 7, as Microsoft chose to do with IE10?

Computerworld.com reports that, for the moment, Microsoft isn't talking about any plans for releasing IE11 beyond Windows 8.1. A spokesperson for the company stated, "We aren't sharing anything around which versions of Windows IE11 will be available on at this time."

Usually, when Microsoft releases a new web browser, it tries to cover as many Windows users as they can. However, Microsoft decided to go ahead and not release IE10 for Windows XP and Windows Vista, concentrating just on Windows 8 for the launch, followed a few months later with a version made for Windows 7.

With Microsoft ending Windows XP support less than a year from now, it's highly unlikely that Microsoft will offer IE11 on that old OS. As far as Windows Vista, the percentage of PC users that still have it installed is extremely low and getting lower every month.

That leaves Windows 7, which has the biggest worldwide reach of any version of the OS by far. Even though Microsoft launched IE10 for Windows 7, it would seem very unlikely that the company would deny Windows 7 users a way to upgrade to IE11. And what about Windows 8 users who don't want to get the free Windows 8.1 upgrade? Microsoft is not commenting on that possible scenario either, but again, we think the vast majority of Windows 8 PCs users will make the switch to Windows 8.1.

Source: Computerworld | Image via Microsoft

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it will appear in W7 mainstream support to 2015 then extended support till 2025 aint it? With the majority of its corp customers sticking by W7, they will release it, mark my words

they wont mention it just now, because they have 8.1 on the horizon, same everytime a new SP or browser comes out for the latest n greatest. Few months later perhaps, but it will arrive. Now until release everything and anything will be 8.1 this and 8.1 that! Its called Hype.

doesn't take a genius to work that out........

With as badly as MS showed us all just how stupid they are by slamming the screwed up start screen on Windows 8 and no start button, they saw how poeple will react to such ignorance.

Right now, Windows 7 is their main OS to support, so if they don't make IE11 for Windows 7, just watch, and listen, to the whiners then!

Not only will that help force people to install a browser that is still upgradeable and current, but may even help to persuade people to use an entirely different OS!

So, go a head MS, show us how often you can be as stupid as you were with the release of Windows 8.

Microsoft don't have to (release IE 11 for Windows 7) because there's better browsers available than it already (even though it hasn't been released yet).

"With Microsoft ending Windows XP support less than a year from now, it's highly unlikely that Microsoft will offer IE11 on that old OS"

Highly unlikely?! I'd say impossible, given that the highest version of IE you can run on XP is only IE8!!! If you can't run IE9 or IE10 on XP, why is the author of this article even hinting at the slim possibility of IE11 being made available for XP?!! ...it simple won't be!!!

GreatMarkO said,
"With Microsoft ending Windows XP support less than a year from now, it's highly unlikely that Microsoft will offer IE11 on that old OS"

Highly unlikely?! I'd say impossible, given that the highest version of IE you can run on XP is only IE8!!! If you can't run IE9 or IE10 on XP, why is the author of this article even hinting at the slim possibility of IE11 being made available for XP?!! ...it simple won't be!!!

I agree, it's probably the most inane comment in the article.

They might as well say: "It's highly unlikely that Microsoft will offer free Windows 8 laptops to anyone still using that old OS."

It's expected by consumers (me at least due to the auto-update feature) that IE11 will at some point come to Windows 7. They "won't say" at the moment, because companies like to announce their own news instead of being pestered on every little detail whenever they make a specific announcement.

This is bad for us web developers. We are already stuck supporting IE8 as it's still popular thanks to it being the last version available on XP. It's infuriatingly bad and IE9 isn't all that much better to be honest thanks to its lacking support for some Javascript stuff.

Yes, you can install better browsers on old operating systems but the average computer user doesn't do this. They click on the icon that says "internet" on it. Companies are also terrible at adopting newer versions even if they are using Win7.

I think it will be available for Windows 7 too: it's still in mainstream support, they stop making new versions of IE for their OS when it enters extended support.

Way to go MS! can't please the masses with your OS but bone them into forcing them to install 8. who's running MS, Bullwinkle?

Quote from article.. "That leaves Windows 7, which has the biggest worldwide reach of any version of the OS by far."

/Facepalm

> As far as Windows Vista, the percentage of PC users that still have it installed is extremely low and getting lower every month.

Yet it's still more widely used than Windows 8.

I can't think of any reason why they should put out IE11 for Windows 7, except that it's f**king nuts to have something like a web browser tied to the latest version of your operating system.

55% use it
11% use Chrome (its actually down in usage)
18% use Firefox
5% Safari
rest miscellaneous.

So, if you are not using, you are actually in the minority.

Mr. Dee said,
55% use it
11% use Chrome (its actually down in usage)
18% use Firefox
5% Safari
rest miscellaneous.

So, if you are not using, you are actually in the minority.

Love being in the minority. I use Chrome and Firefox religiously. Although lately I've been leaning more towards Chrome.

Windows 7 is and is going to be their dominant OS for a little while. They might do the same as IE10 and delay it but don't see them dropping support for 7 altogether. That will be a really dumb move on their side and could make *a lot* of people switch to another browsers.

Again? It's the same crap all over again. This happened the same with IE 10, and now boom! There we have it on 7.

(Do not misunderstand me, crap is regarding to the news and not to IE)

I really don't care if IE11 makes its way to Windows 7. If someone is so concerned about using Msft's latest and greatest browser they perhaps should they should have upgraded to Windows 8 for cheap when they had the chance(no reason not to honestly)

And so IE11 will be part of 8.1(free) and I'll gladly use it, gotta say the $30 I Paid for Windows8 is paying off already imo

artfuldodga said,
I really don't care if IE11 makes its way to Windows 7. If someone is so concerned about using Msft's latest and greatest browser they perhaps should they should have upgraded to Windows 8 for cheap when they had the chance(no reason not to honestly)

In what reality distortion field do people upgrade their operating systems to use a newer browser?

Obry said,

In what reality distortion field do people upgrade their operating systems to use a newer browser?


Sounds like the same reality distortion field that makes people think Microsoft should "have to" make IE11 support a particular OS.

As Windows OS evolves over the next years so does Internet Explorer taking advantage of aspects of the OS just not possible in previous versions.. be it Security, Performance even UX/UI.. at some point you just focus on the future

In doing so Msft made IE10 and soon IE11 possibly one of the most Secure browsers you can install on Windows PC's right now, on par with Chrome, perhaps more so

Joshie said,

Sounds like the same reality distortion field that makes people think Microsoft should "have to" make IE11 support a particular OS.

No one said that they *have to* do anything. Having problem with your reading comprehension there, Joshie or just like to troll much?

Obry said,

No one said that they *have to* do anything. Having problem with your reading comprehension there, Joshie or just like to troll much?


Years ago, in ages past, the Great Developer in the sky created the mighty Keyboard Shortcut. On the sixth day, He created Ctrl-F. And lo, man could search for strings throughout wide spans of text. And it was good.

In other words, if you're actually unable to find the other posts on this very page that say Microsoft should, in fact, be required to support it, the only person with reading comprehension problems is you. But don't let me make you feel stupid. Come to that conclusion on your own.

Joshie said,

Years ago, in ages past, the Great Developer in the sky created the mighty Keyboard Shortcut. On the sixth day, He created Ctrl-F. And lo, man could search for strings throughout wide spans of text. And it was good.

In other words, if you're actually unable to find the other posts on this very page that say Microsoft should, in fact, be required to support it, the only person with reading comprehension problems is you. But don't let me make you feel stupid. Come to that conclusion on your own.

I don't care about finding anything you moron. You're replying to and quoting me and I didn't say anything about what Microsoft should and shouldn't do. If you're referring to someone else then don't be quoting me. Please just stay away from my business.

Obry said,

I don't care about finding anything you moron. You're replying to and quoting me and I didn't say anything about what Microsoft should and shouldn't do. If you're referring to someone else then don't be quoting me. Please just stay away from my business.


Man, for committing the deadly sin of referring to other posts while replying to you, you've completely lost your cool. Maybe go back and re-read the flow of the thread and it'll occur to you that you're making a big fuss over nothing at all.

Trying to file upload (like for an attachment or something), the file dialog doesn't show certain directories in (at least) Downloads and My Documents. Haven't found a rhyme or reason to it yet, but I've Googled it and others are having the issue too.

I find IE10 renders a bit better than IE9 but is overall less stable, and is slower start and load tabs.

Brando212 said,
there's no reason IE11 shouldn't be made for windows 7. mainstream support for 7 hasn't ended yet
You've hit the nail on the head. New browsers are part of mainstream support at MS. When IE10 was released, XP and Vista had ended mainstream support and thus weren't supported.

Win 7 will be supported as is to be expected by Microsoft's standard support lifecycle policies.

Why not? It's still supported, just like whiny XP users got their way by complaining and moaning all the time by refusing to upgrade their crappy computers to run 7.

Dunkleybwoy said,
They shouldn't have to.

That would give non-Windows 8 users even more of a reason to switch to an alternative browser.

If Microsoft thinks people want to upgrade to Windows 8 because of IE11, then they are going to have a very bad time.

Dunkleybwoy said,
They shouldn't have to.

Care to explain why "they shouldn't have to"? If you ask me, they should support 7, or they could risk users switching to non ie based browsers.

Dunkleybwoy said,
They shouldn't have to.

You're showing you have no real world experience when it comes to IT.

Corporations can't just upgrade to the latest and greatest OS on a whim... and for Microsoft to cut updates/support for an extremely important feature of their operating system that was (and let's be honest... still) the mainstream not even a year ago would show poor judgement on their part. Windows 7 will be getting IE11... no doubt about that.