IE10 launch for Windows 7 looks imminent

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In November, Microsoft released a "preview version" of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 to the general public. However, Microsoft has also allowed select users to test updated builds of the web browser via their Connect program. Now, it appears that Microsoft has given those testers their final pre-release builds.

ZDNet.com reports that Microsoft has informed them the current build of IE10 for Windows 7 they can download and test is supposed to be the final one before the official version is released to the public. Microsoft reportedly told the testers: While there is still no RTW (release to web) date to announce at this time, please make sure you are filing prompt feedback if any issues are found."

That would seem to strongly suggest that the final version of IE10 for Windows 7 is just weeks, or ever just days, away from its launch to the public. IE10 has already been released for Windows 8 and Windows RT users and a version of the browser is available for Windows Phone 8 smartphone owners.

It's looking like its going to be a busy next few weeks for Microsoft. The Surface Pro tablet is expected to launch before the end of the month and Office 2013 is also expected to be released in the near future.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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No love for Vista, huh?

Minor differences between 7 and Vista = Microsoft apparently doesn't want to bother backporting some things to Vista's core. We just keep getting shafted every month as more and more programs cease to be available or not work properly on Vista.

No, Classic Shell, 7+ Tweaker and a Vista UI mod aren't enough to get me to switch to 7. Explorer and the way certain things look and handle are too different (read: worse) to switch to.

Tried it and wasn't THAT impressed with it.

I asked here about that extra service it thinks it needs to run also and never got a response and doing any searches any where else also found nothing, so uninstalled.

Nothing I hate worse than services that are unknown and unnecessary!

I'll stick with IE9 for now.

Angel Blue01 said,
Hmm this looks like the first version of IE without some sort of UI changes.
But there are, tabs doesn't have a gradient anymore. Anyway, we didn't expect something else, did you?

IE5 -> Major UI revamp
IE6 -> Minimal UI improvements
IE7 -> Major UI revamp
IE8 -> Minimal UI improvements
IE9 -> Major UI revamp
IE10 -> Minimal UI improvements

I also agree that this should have been out by now but better late than never. Besides I expect to see a new version of IE later this year when we get Windows blue. I don't know if they'll also update the Windows 7 version but I think they will.

The version on Windows 8 is now up to 10.0.1, if this was one of the other browsers that could very well have counted as a new release.

Studio384 said,
I'm sorry for you, but IE doesn't kick your privacy in the trash.
Well I'm sorry, but Chrome is way more stable, faster, easier to use, and works on multiple platforms. Can't say the same for precious IE..

I really hope they aren't ready to release it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of bugs that have been filed on Connect without so much as a peep from Microsoft even acknowledging them... and I mean blatantly obvious things like IE giving the wrong window focus or the inconsistent UI style.

They're shooting themselves in the foot unless they adopt a faster release cycle.

Snowknight26 said,
I really hope they aren't ready to release it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of bugs that have been filed on Connect without so much as a peep from Microsoft even acknowledging them... and I mean blatantly obvious things like IE giving the wrong window focus or the inconsistent UI style.

They're shooting themselves in the foot unless they adopt a faster release cycle.


I haven't noticed any bugs (IE10 Win7) and I use it almost 24/7.
Only 2 things I don't like, the scrollbar being too light in color, and html5 video not going totally fullscreen. I'd like to get away from Flash, but until videos in html5 go fullscreen, I'll be sticking with Flash. And I know you can put the browser window fullscreen, but that's not the same to me. A computer is supposed to do the work for you, not you do the work for it.

Snowknight26 said,
I really hope they aren't ready to release it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of bugs that have been filed on Connect without so much as a peep from Microsoft even acknowledging them...

Microsoft stopped paying any attention to outside feedback some time ago.

Snowknight26 said,
I really hope they aren't ready to release it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of bugs that have been filed on Connect without so much as a peep from Microsoft even acknowledging them... and I mean blatantly obvious things like IE giving the wrong window focus or the inconsistent UI style.

They're shooting themselves in the foot unless they adopt a faster release cycle.

Ever thought that maybe these are known bugs and thus don't need to be acknowledged? Wait till RTW and then whine when you find that the bugs haven't been fixed. Btw, your video card driver quality will impact on the level of bugginess or there lack of so don't always chalk it up to Microsoft's own buggy code.

should of been out a long time ago.... was very little reason to delay it, as the rendering engine was done with the Win8 RTM, just some UI issues needed fixed and that was about it

neufuse said,
should of been out a long time ago.... was very little reason to delay it, as the rendering engine was done with the Win8 RTM, just some UI issues needed fixed and that was about it

It was out for Windows 7 first, then just for Win 8, then preview for Win 7 again.
Doesn't make sense for it to be taking this long for Final, been a very long time since it was first released for Win 7.

You don't know what happens behind the scenes. It may be fine from a consumer standpoint, but it's got to be QA'd and multiple rounds of internal processes before something hits the public.

It should be made to take on whatever visual style is used, like everything else.
I don't think it's ugly, it's just very hard to see. White scrollbar region, with a very light grey scrollbar, like that makes sense.
Then if you're on a page that's light grey, the scrollbar blends right in, making it almost impossible to find.

Tyler R. said,
Did they fix the fugly scroll bar?

If you're a Windows users and complaining about consistency in the user interface then it is clear you've got your expectations far too high.

This may be an indication on how badly MS misjudged the marketplace with Windows-8, and now has to do a lot of "damage control" to keep their Windows-7 customers satisfied, most especially businesses. If only they would fix the "UI debacle" of Windows-8.

TsarNikky said,
This may be an indication on how badly MS misjudged the marketplace with Windows-8, and now has to do a lot of "damage control" to keep their Windows-7 customers satisfied, most especially businesses.

How so? Windows 7 is still under mainstream support, never mind having test versions for Windows 7 well before 8 was even released. Damage control would be needed if they didn't release it.

Just a tiny history of IE versions for ya...

IE 1 to 2 - 98 days
IE 2 to 3 - 265 days
IE 3 to 4 - 428 days
IE 4 to 5 - 519 days
IE 5 to 6 - 893 days
IE 6 to 7 - 1878 days
IE 7 to 8 - 882 days
IE 8 to 9 - 726 days
IE 9 to 10 - 676 days and counting

Frankenchrist said,
Just a tiny history of IE versions for ya...
IE 9 to 10 - 676 days and counting

IE 10 Final version release date: 26 October 2012, so no counting.

EDIT: Hmm, actually it's 4 September 2012, apparently.

I think it will be years before we finally see the legacy of bad decisions around Internet Explorer 6 are finally repaired. There are still many businesses out there who have whole software stacks very much dependent on the old broken way of doing things - lets hope that Internet Explorer 10 and the merging of HTML5 will force enterprise IT departments to re-write using open standards.

Frankenchrist said,
Just a tiny history of IE versions for ya...

IE 1 to 2 - 98 days
IE 2 to 3 - 265 days
IE 3 to 4 - 428 days
IE 4 to 5 - 519 days
IE 5 to 6 - 893 days
IE 6 to 7 - 1878 days
IE 7 to 8 - 882 days
IE 8 to 9 - 726 days
IE 9 to 10 - 676 days and counting

may be if they were offering more feature in each version, their long term release periods could be forgivable. Instead look at IE 9 -> IE 10 they just improved HTML 5/CSS3 support yet still behind everybody else.

Frankenchrist said,
True, but since Windows 7/XP are the "major" OS'es, it doesn't feel right to count IE10-for-Windows-8 as a real release.

It doesn't matter how it FEELS. If it did hit final, then it was done, even if only on one, new OS.

S3P€hR said,
may be if they were offering more feature in each version, their long term release periods could be forgivable. Instead look at IE 9 -> IE 10 they just improved HTML 5/CSS3 support yet still behind everybody else.
Jeez, give them some credit. They've gone from 138+5 to 320+6 on HTML5test. Just because they haven't leapfrogged everyone doesn't mean they haven't made huge strides. (IE8 has 42+0).

Mr Nom Nom's said,
lets hope that Internet Explorer 10 and the merging of HTML5 will force enterprise IT departments to re-write using open standards.

It's not force, it's like illumination! A present bestowed upon us!

IE 6 was a headache to work for. Glad IE 9+ have fixed most of the problem.

S3P€hR said,
may be if they were offering more feature in each version, their long term release periods could be forgivable. Instead look at IE 9 -> IE 10 they just improved HTML 5/CSS3 support yet still behind everybody else.

Having the support doesn't mean that the support actually conforms to the standard let alone passing the conformance tests. The so-called HTML5 test do not drill down into the implementations at all hence we have a cluster**** array of websites having to tweak for Webkit (and various versions) along side Firefox and Opera. The only two that really do conform to the letter when it comes to HTML5 technologies are Opera and Internet Explorer 10.

Stup0t said,
I have been using IE10 RC 64bit for a while and I have had no problems at all. Keep up the good work.

Strangley YouTube sounds are too low for me, works perfectly on full volume on Firefox but other than that it's perfect, been using IE10 since it was made available for Win7.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Strangley YouTube sounds are too low for me, works perfectly on full volume on Firefox but other than that it's perfect, been using IE10 since it was made available for Win7.

Then you should go to the Mixer and set IE10s sound on 100%