The software company, Microsoft, released a new version of its web browser Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) for Windows 7, and announced it would soon available as an automatic update to customers.
The final bit of Internet Explorer 11 is available worldwide in 95 different languages and will be downloadable from Microsoft’s IE site.
In late July, Microsoft released a developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 followed by a Consumer Preview in mid of September. Internet Explorer 11 is already shipped as a bundled part of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
“Between Windows 7 and Windows 8, 55 percent of desktops can now run IE11,” said Rob Mauceri, Partner Group Program Manager for IE.
IE11 for Windows 7 includes support for WebGL. It will natively decode JPG images in real-time on the GPU so that the web pages load quicker and use less memory.
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 contains many, but not all, of the similar features that are in the Windows 8.1 version. Here’s what’s different:
- In the IE11 for Windows 7, the URL bar remains at the top of the web browser but it will dock at the bottom of the web browser for Windows 8.1.
- The new tab view isn’t a part of the Windows 7 release.
- It will not support Enhanced Protected Mode browser security enhancements.
- No support for Google’s SPDY Protocol
Beyond this, Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are mostly the same, according to Microsoft authorities.
Users who are already using the release preview will get an update automatically in the next few weeks, although they can manually download and start running it today.