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Microsoft preps IE10 for Windows 7

14 Nov 2012
Windows 8 IE10 on the desktop

Microsoft has posted the first release preview of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) for PCs running Windows 7.

The company said that the release preview of the browser would allow users who run older systems or are waiting to upgrade to Windows 8 to still enjoy the performance and stability benefits of its latest browser.

The release preview marks the latest step by Microsoft to fully deploy the new version of IE. Microsoft has already released the final versions of IE10 for both Windows 8 PCs and tablets running Windows 8 RT.

Though Windows 8 has been released to the general public, a mjaority of systems have yet to upgrade, particularly enterprise users and administrators who often wait for the release of Microsoft's first service pack before migrating to a new version of Windows.

Microsoft said that in addition to the usual performance and stability fixes, IE10 will offer better use of hardware acceleration and support for touch screen systems. The release will also introduce Do Not Track controls, which allow users to block their data from collection through an opt-in privacy system

"With this release preview, Windows 7 customers receive all of the performance, security, and under-hood changes that enable a stellar Web experience," Microsoft Internet Explorer group program manager Rob Mauceri said in a company blog post.

"IE10 Release Preview also sends the 'Do Not Track' signal to Web sites by default to help consumers protect their privacy."

Users can obtain the release preview through Microsoft's download site.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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