Microsoft has finally released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, just a few hours ago. The browser which was initially released as part of Windows 8, last year, will be pushed out to all Windows 7 users via auto-update in coming weeks. Users who are already running the IE10 Release Preview on Windows 7 should get the update sooner, starting today. For those who don’t want to wait, Internet Explorer 10 is also available for download from the company’s website.
The system requirements for running Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 are:
- Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed
- 512 MB Memory
- Hard disk space – 70 MB for 32-bit and 120 MB for 64-bit versions
IE10 is said to be 20% faster in real world tests compared to IE9, and 60% more compliant to web standards. Indeed, according to HTML5Test.com site, IE10's score jumps to 320 from IE9' 138, which by itself is far ahead of IE8's 42. For comparison, Maxthon leads this test with 464 points (out of 500 points), followed by Chrome's 448, Opera with 419, and Firefox with 393.
IE10 adds support for over 30 new modern Web standards beyond IE9 including many of the latest HTML5, CSS3, DOM, Web Performance, and Web Application specifications across important aspects of Web development such as:
- Rich visual effects with CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, CSS3 Transitions and Animations, CSS3 Gradient, and SVG Filter Effects
- More sophisticated and responsive page layouts with CSS3 for publication quality page layouts and responsive application UI (CSS3 grid, flexbox, multi-column, positioned floats, regions, and hyphenation), HTML5 Forms, input controls, and validation
- Enhanced Web programming model for better offline applications through local storage with IndexedDB and the HTML5 Application Cache; Web Sockets, HTML5 History, Async scripts, HTML5
- File APIs, HTML5 Drag-drop, HTML5 Sandboxing, Web workers, ES5 Strict mode support.
Beautiful and interactive Web applications with support for several new technologies like CSS3
- Positioned Floats, HTML5 Drag-drop, File Reader API, Media Query Listeners, Pointer Events, and HTML5 Forms.
- Improved Web application security with the same markup and support for HTML5 Sandbox for iframe isolation.