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Report: IE10 For Windows 7 May Be Close to RTM

CNET's Mary Jo Foley reports that Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 is inching closer to a final, signed-off build. She claims that select testers have received an email from Microsoft officials stating that a recently delivered private test build will be the last pre-RTM version of the browser that will be made available through Connect, Microsoft's product feedback/testing site.

"While there is still no RTW date to announce at this time, please make sure you are filing prompt feedback if any issues are found," the Microsoft email added. So far it's unknown if this build or any subsequent test builds of IE10 will be made to the public before it officially goes RTM (or Release To Web/RTW).

The last public release of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 was a preview version in November 2012 (v10.0.9200.16438), which was also the first new test build of the browser for Windows 7 that testers received since mid-2011. The November preview included an updated interface, optimizations for touch, improved security, improved performance, and support for the HTML5 and CSS3 standards.

Internet Explorer 10 comes bundled with Windows 8 and is set as the default browser. In Modern UI mode, it encompasses the whole screen, shoving the address bar at the bottom along with the navigation, refresh, pin and settings buttons. The desktop version is business as usual with a scalable window, address bar, navigation buttons and tabs located at the top.

Currently Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview for Windows 7 only works on Service Pack 1, or SP1. It also resembles Internet Explorer 9 but with minor refinements like the removal of visual gradients. Other features include a faster JavaScript engine and the "Do Not Track" header turned on by default, but it does not come with the Adobe Flash plug-in pre-installed as does the Windows 8 version.

To check out the Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview, head here. So far an actual release date is unknown, so stay tuned.


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  • frank_drebin
    What? People still use IE ? i haven't used it like for years
  • damianrobertjones
    I still use IE along with Opera. Believe it or not... IE for dangerous browsing and Opera for day to day.

    P.s. I bet you've all got the pop-up blocker set to medium INSTEAD of High... No wonder you get pop-ups.
  • pocketdrummer
    You hear that?

    That's the sound of millions of users not giving a shit.
  • Cryio
    pocketdrummerYou hear that?That's the sound of millions of users not giving a shit.
    Actually, IE10 for Windows 7 screams "Thank you God" for millions in companies that have to rely on Internet Explorer to get the job done and to all folk in schools, who are allowed to use only an Active-X browser.
  • wardoc22
    IE9 is good... I use it. Not that I think its the best. But its good.

    IE10 seems like an improvement to IE9.
  • tpi2007
    The top of the Window in the final version of IE 10 is still the same as in the Preview version (or IE 9) ? As it is, it looks like it's under utilized, as if it's a placeholder for something that isn't there, it makes IE look likea generic, unbranded browser.

    Also, as one user said on Microsoft's site, the Preview version's scroll bar did not conform to Windows 7 usability guidelines (it uses Windows 8 style, which is actually a bit confusing to determine what is the bar and what is the free space), I hope they fixed that, it was one of the most annoying things I noticed right away when I installed the Preview version to try it out. And as it seems, many other people did too, this comment was the first on their blog post detailing the release of the Preview of IE 10 for Windows 7.
  • jakes69
    people that complained about IE never bother to update it to latest version...but they almost always updated Chrome, FF...etc.
  • tobalaz
    If I didn't use Waterfox I'd say its a crying shame. IE really isn't THAT BAD. I can use it in a pinch because its familiar but just don't care for it.
    With that being said, if Waterfox went to hell in a handbasket I'd like an alternative browser for my Win7 outside of Opera and Chrome.

    Can this be yet another push by Microsoft of the consumer towards the horror which is Windows 8?
    And before you scream hater, yes, I tried it, no I cannot stand it. If I didn't shave my head I would have yanked all my hair out 30 minutes in.
  • p05esto
    i like ie over other browsers, hands down.
  • Cryio
    p05estoi like ie over other browsers, hands down. is the fastestm, safest and uncomplicated to use, so good for you :D