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Latest IE11 preview lands for Windows 7

Internet Explorer 11

By Shona Ghosh

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 at 09:07

Microsoft has released a new preview version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 users to download.

The browser is already available to those who have downloaded Windows 8.1, and the company first rolled out the IE11's developer preview for Windows 7 after its Build conference at the end of July. Now the updated "Release preview" fixes some bugs reported by users, with improvements to WebGL support and the addition of new F12 developer tools.

Microsoft has made bold claims about its browser's performance. At the Build conference this year, the firm boasted IE11 wouldn't slow even with 100 tabs open.

And touting the latest preview, Microsoft claims the new preview boasts 9% faster performance than IE10 in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, and 5% faster than the developer preview. It also claims considerably better performance than the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

"Performance matters to everyone who browses the web," said Microsoft. "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."

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User comments

I'll be the judge of that.

I have an intensive web app, that runs like lightning in Chrome, Firefox and especially Safari. IE8,9 and 10 are abysmal to say the list, I've clocked IE10 to be 10 time slower that Chrome when it comes to pure JavaScript and DOM manipulation. I'll come back with the results...

By treadmill on 19 Sep 2013

Its funny that they all talk about speed of browsers as if its the only thing that matters. I can't remember the last time I cursed a browser for being slow.

By PhilGQ on 19 Sep 2013


Firefox and Chrome are very slow on my tablet. IE10 runs rings around them. Their touch friendliness also leave a lot to be desired.

By big_D on 19 Sep 2013

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