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Microsoft is finally rolling out Internet Explorer 10 to users with Windows 7 installed on their machines. This is a huge user base, as Microsoft claims there are over 700 million customers still using Windows 7 as their operating system of choice. How many of those are still using Internet Explorer as their browser? According to StatCounter, just under 30% of Internet users are using IE.

Microsoft claims that Internet Explorer gives a real-world speed increase of 20% over IE9, which is certainly no small difference. Microsoft also cites studies that show that Internet Explorer 10 is the fastest browser available on Windows. Even with the speed increase, Microsoft also shows evidence that IE9 is the second fastest browser, edging out Firefox version 15.

Just like the Windows 8 version of IE10, the Windows 7 browser has a major focus on HTML 5. This seems like a smart move, as it’s clear that HTML 5 is taking over the web, and Microsoft has tools in place to help web developers make the most of it.

IE10 on Windows 7 also comes with the Do Not Track (DNT) feature for users concerned with privacy. By default it is on, but users can go to options and turn the DNT signal off if they prefer.

If you are making the switch to Internet Explorer 10, make sure you check out our Internet Explorer 10 tips and tricks article Internet Explorer 10 Tips and Tricks: It Can Do More Than You Think Internet Explorer 10 Tips and Tricks: It Can Do More Than You Think When Microsoft unveiled Windows 8, one of the most interesting things about it was the new iteration of Internet Explorer. If viewed via the Start screen, the slimmed-down browser offers maximum space for viewing web... Read More , as it will help you get started with the latest version of Microsoft’s browser.

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Internet Explorer 10 is available for download now directly from Microsoft. With the improvements to speed and security, are you willing to give Internet Explorer another go on your Windows 7 machine? Are you going to stick with your current browser? Hit the comments section below and let us know.

Source: Microsoft

  1. Dalton MS
    March 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Installed IE10 on my Windows7, it worked fine but there is no search box.
    They claim it is for easier browsing but in fact it made searching harder, once you run a search, it disappears from the address bar and is replaced by the search provider’s address. If you want to make changes and keep an eye on what you are doing you have to keep coming back to the search provider’s page – really annoying. Also you need to do more mouse clicks if you want to search from different providers.
    If Microsoft was really interested in providing us with a better Bowser, it would let us choose whether or not to have the search box, like it does with the “Menu Bar” or “Status Bar” etc… I find Microsoft’s approach patronising by telling us what is the best way to browse the internet.
    I wonder what is in it for them, nowadays everyone wants to know who we are, where we live and our habits etc. for targeted marketing. Adding search to the address bar will tell our search provider which URLs we are visiting, more information about what we do is escaping our control. Microsoft now offers tracking protection so they can stop their competitors from tracking our browsing, but they offer phishing protection which will let them know all the URLS we type.
    – Is there any hope they will listen? I don’t think so.
    I’m back to IE8, uninstalling IE10

  2. Ramona
    March 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I hate being forced to use Microsoft outlook as my email display! It is tooooooo big and I don't like the blue font. It is hard for some people to read large print and colors. They don't even have an alternative available. All my inbox messages I want to keep I have to retrieve from the POP folder are send them somewhere else. I understand updates, but not allowing internet users a choice is more like a dictatorship role, isn't it? NOT only do I hate the email, I hate that Microsoft has this set up so that I can't even get rid of it and go back to explorer 8 or 9.

  3. dragonmouth
    February 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    What a pity! IE will not run on Linux. I am heartbroken. NOT!

  4. Rubis Song
    February 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I am using XP at my work place and 7 on my laptop at home. I must admit that most of the time I really don't "feel" like I am in a new environment when using one or another. They just seems to be the same.

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    February 28, 2013 at 3:48 am

    After reading the article, just updated to IE10 and posting through the updated browser. I almost 100% of the time use Chrome latest versions as on dates, so initial feeling it still lags compared to Chrome however, yes, much faster than IE9, which was anyway pathetically slow to start with. So, let's use it a bit more. But as of now, I guess I'll stick with Chrome.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      March 1, 2013 at 2:54 am

      WoWo, update after a day's usage, IE10 on Win7 is really fast. :)

  6. Mary Brady
    February 28, 2013 at 2:38 am

    The VOIP service tech chuckled when he saw the IE desktop icon I had renamed "Browser of Last Resort."

  7. ion popa
    February 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I would upgrade just because I'm afraid not to open by mistake my old and vulnerable IE 7.

    Later edit: Ops! It's IE 6 on my XP...

    • ion popa
      February 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Much later edit: So there's no IE 10 for XP... Fine!

  8. manish kumar
    February 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    one problem that always persists with IE is that lot of ads do open on their own making it slower than other web browsers...hop that is solved in IE10.

  9. Garris Rago
    February 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I'm not going to get IE10. But I will say, I actually didn't mind IE9 too much...I know I know internet explorer. I felt like when they released IE9 they had taken a tip from chrome to make it less bulky, and when I have to help my dad on his laptop (he uses IE9 - "my laptops not chrome its grey plastic") I find it less painful than the older versions by a long shot. This said, I still choose chrome over it any day.

  10. Mark Messinger
    February 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I installed IE 10 on a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine. It promptly spiked a repeated pop-up error (Browser window error [object Error]). Every few seconds, one and sometimes two of these error popups would appear. It didn't matter whether IE was open or closed (even after the process was killed), the errors kept popping up. My PC was rendered practically useless for 2 hours while I found a myriad of possible solutions dating back years. Adobe products were blamed, folks swore the error would go away if only I uninstalled Chrome, the possibly solutions seemed limitless.

    Once I uninstalled the update which had installed IE 10 in the first place, returning me to IE 9, did the error messages cease.

    I think I'm happy with IE 9, thank you. For those of you brave enough to try IE 10 (and someday, when I have plenty of time on my hands, I'm just stupid enough to try this again), my advice is to set aside a couple of hours for possible troubleshooting and set yourself a nice restore point. Installing IE is not like installing any other browser on your PC.

  11. Ugochukwu Mmaduekwe
    February 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the info but am sticking with Google Chrome.

  12. Ramandeep
    February 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    When Chrome is there for me 100% complete, I may or may not give attention to IE10. The only Internet Explorer browser I've ever used is IE 6 which worked awesomely for me. That was so fast. All other IEs are not so good. Now I'm just Chrome boy.

  13. Bart
    February 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Stay away from IE10 if you need full 64b operating. I have several VPN connections (via Netgear devices) with customers that need IE with 64b. IE10 does not work not even in the " supposed to be" 64b mode.

    Too late for me I cant go back (Windows wont let me install IE9 anymore.

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      if you really need to downgrade, i imagine you could download IE9 somewhere else.

    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Uninstalling IE10 "should" revert you back to IE9..

  14. João Laranjeira
    February 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Can`t wait!!!!!! :)

  15. Adrian
    February 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Still using XP here. My loyalty is to the 3rd party software companies that have the decency to continue to support that OS like Firefox, Chrome, Opera in that order. Microsoft can stick IE where the sun don't shine.

    • Ramandeep
      February 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      I liked your comment. XP has its own pleasure to use. The only difference between Windows versions is their looks but there is no loss of productivity. I've used XP for so long. Just on 7 now.

    • pete jr. josue
      February 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      im an XP user too. i really liked how XP works...seamless.

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