Microsoft has today announced that it will be releasing a preview edition of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 users in mid-November. A release date of the final, finished version of the web browser has yet to be revealed.
While the announcement might seem like good news for Windows 7 users yearning an upgrade from Internet Explorer 9, there could be some annoyance at Microsoft’s sluggishness. After all, Internet Explorer 10 will ship to all users of Windows 8 from the new operating system’s launch date at the end of October, and people have been using the preview version of Windows 8 since August this year – so as Ars Technica points out, IE10 is to all intents and purposes a finished product. So for Windows 7 users to be getting a mere preview in mid-November, with no word on a full version, that could be seen as being treated as second best.
However, Microsoft could have good reason for its delay. Windows 8 supports Direct3D 11.1, while Windows 7 supports 11.0 of the application interface. So, should IE10 required Direct3D 11.1, it may require some tweaking to run on Windows 7.
Windows 7 users have had some experience with IE10 already, via a Platform Preview released in June 2011, but the experience is nothing like the final, full browser (there isn’t even a back button, for instance). Sound like there’ll have their first true taste within a few weeks.
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