Internet Explorer 11 Now Available to Download on Windows 7

Paul Lilly

Now Windows 7 users can enjoy the final version of IE11

Microsoft on Thursday announced that Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available to download on Windows 7 systems worldwide in 95 languages. The final version of IE11 was first released to Windows 8.1 on October 17, though a Preview version has been available to download from Microsoft since back in June. The final build that's now available to Windows 7 users offers the same improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1, Microsoft says.

Some of the performance benefits on Windows 7 include faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, along with reduced CPU usage and improved battery life (on mobile devices). If you want to test out the browser's hardware accelerated rendering performance, one place to do that is on Microsoft's IE Test Drive site .

On Windows 7, Microsoft claims IE11 is 9 percent faster than IE10 in JavaScript performance, which itself is "nearly 30 percent faster than the nearst competitive browser."

If you're anxious to make the jump, you can download IE11 manually . Otherwise, Microsoft said it will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running IE11 Developer and Release Previews.

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