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.
Update applies to Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012
One of the most anticipated feature updates introduced with Windows 8.1 was the upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. The new browser was built with touch computing in mind and included several nifty upgrades, such as the ability to have 100 tabs open per window, side-by-side browsing, support for plugin-free HTML5 video, a Reading View, and more. Unfortunately, it also introduced some quirks, which Microsoft hopes to fix with a new patch.
A visual walkthrough of 20 new Windows 8.1 features and changes
Microsoft has recieved a lot of negative flack for the radical changes it’s made in Windows 8 with the complete disconnect from traditional UI elements like the Start button. With the release of the Windows 8.1 preview, which you can try out now if you are willing to use beta software, Microsoft is making strides to appease the user base it left out in the cold.
One of the major benefits of upgrading to Windows 8.1 when it becomes available is the inclusion of Internet Explorer 11. The touch-friendly browser represents a pretty significant update to IE's code base, with support being offered for WebGL and Google's SPDY protocol, as well as improved HTML5 support. While the new browser is shipping with Windows 8.1, Microsoft is planning to port it over to Windows 7.
Microsoft has hitherto viewed WebGL as a security threat
Is Microsoft getting ready to ditch its earlier stance on WebGL (Web-based Graphics Library)? If changes inside an early Internet Explorer 11 build are anything to go by then Microsoft’s opposition to the 3D acceleration standard could be on its last legs.
Microsoft has denied for months that Windows Blue even exists, but we finally have proof. A forum post from a Polish tech blog contained links for Windows 8 build 9364, and R27 installed the patch to verify its legitimacy. The consensus seems to be that Build 9364 is an “alpha” version of Blue, and while it might not be entirely feature complete, it certainly gives us a pretty good idea of what Microsoft has in store. We would recommend against installing this build for both legal and stability reasons, however that doesn’t mean you're totally shut out. We’ve compiled a full gallery of screenshots showing off the changes, and so far we have to say things are looking up for the modern UI.