Having led the way as a smart new browser for Windows 8 users, Microsoft's faster, neater, more secure IE10 is finally available for the hundreds of millions of Windows 7 users. Windows XP folk, however, are still out of luck.
Having got back up to speed with its rival browsers and become more compatible with standards, Microsoft pulled the quirky trick of only launching its new browser with the Windows 8 operating system, as if that would encourage greater take-up of the OS.
Now, thankfully, those who can't, or won't upgrade, for a massive spectrum of reasons, can now join in the fun on Windows 7. Grab the latest version of the browser here and enjoy the claimed 20% faster web page performance, support for all the latest CSS3 styles, HTML5 functions and the infamous "Do Not Track" feature for web security.
Microsoft is starting to auto-update IE10 for Windows 7 already using the Release Preview and it will become available to all users over the coming weeks. Read more about the features on the IBlog, will this save you need to rush out and buy a Surface Pro, or are you not happy with your current choice of browser, regardless of features.
Do You Do or Do You Not Track?
The most controversial feature of IE10 is Do Not Track, something you'd think Microsoft would be lauded for, but Microsoft can't sneeze without generating some controversy. This is, however, a far wider issue than with just one company or browser. We discussed the DNT movement at length last year and you can check which browsers support it here.
As privacy becomes an ever greater issue, and ignoring the fact that it won't stop users and enterprises (like Microsoft and other tech giants) getting hacked, is it really something users should be focused on, compared to say to cast-iron site security checking?
And, with new Chromebook devices being announced at a high rate, Mac sales remaining strong and the surge of users to mobile devices, just how much effort will Microsoft consider putting into its browser in future. We might see an update in Windows Blue, but beyond incremental updates, will the browser wars be worth fighting for much longer?
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