IE11 preview lands on Windows 7

Microsoft offers sneak-peek at next browser release on Windows 7

26 Jul 2013

Microsoft has released a preview version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, speeding up how quickly it rolls out new browsers to older OSes.

IE10 was released for Windows 7 a year after it arrived on Windows 8, but Microsoft appears to be keeping the last-gen OS up to date with the new browser.

The first preview for IE11 ran only on Windows 8.1 - those on Windows 8 appeared to have to upgrade to the update to use IE11 - but those running Windows 7 have only had to wait a few weeks for their own developer preview.

"IE11 on Windows 7 offers the same improved performance, faster page-load times, new standards support for next-generation sites, and completely revised F12 developer tools," Microsoft said.

At the IE11 launch at Build last month, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch said that the browser's performance wouldn't be affected even with 100 tabs open, and revealed a pre-rendering feature that should speed up page-load times.

Microsoft also touted faster JavaScript performance than other leading browsers, and said IE11 will include support for WebGL for 3D graphics.

The developer preview for IE11 on Windows 7 is available today.

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