Microsoft has made a Release Preview of Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) available for download for Windows 7 devices, promising improvements that make it 30 percent faster than other browsers.
The update also offers support for a range of new web standards including Pointer Events, which is designed to ensure sites can support mouse, touch and pen inputs, as well as Standard Delivery Profile, which allows developers to offer bespoke customisation for how captions appear on videos.
Explaining the speed improvements, group program managers for Internet Explorer Sandeep Singhal and Rob Mauceri wrote in a blog post that the firm had managed to make the browser even faster than the developer preview launched earlier this year.
“Performance matters to everyone who browses the web. The IE11 Release Preview for Windows 7 includes additional performance tuning so that real-world sites download and display fast and are highly responsive and interactive,” they said.
“On Windows 7, IE11 Release Preview is 9 percent faster than IE10, which is a 5 percent improvement from the IE11 Developer Preview, and over 30 percent faster than the nearest competitive browser.”
They added that this combination of improvements would offer benefits for both website users and developers.
“With IE11 on Windows 7, customers receive a fast, secure browser that is compatible with existing websites and delivers exciting new interactive web experiences,” they said.
“For developers, IE11 supports the latest web standards and technologies, making it easier to build sites that work across devices.”
The update comes in the same week Mozilla updated its Firefox browser to version 24, with a raft of security fixes included, including seven regarded as "critical" by the firm. This is at the same time that Microsoft itself is under pressue to fix a security vulnerability in older versions of IE that are leaving thousands at risk of attack.
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