Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7
Microsoft have today released Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 users.
The browser has been available to Windows 8 users since the release of that operating system, but developmental delays have prevented a release for users of the older operating system. Windows Vista users will not be able to upgrade beyond IE9 and Windows XP users cannot upgrade beyond IE8.
Rival Google released Chrome 25 just last week, so comparisons are already being made.
For developers, Microsoft list the following improvements:
- Rich visual effects such as CSS Text Shadow, CSS 3D Transforms, CSS3 Transitions and Animations, CSS3 Gradient, and SVG Filter Effects.
- More sophisticated and responsive page layouts with CSS3 for publication quality page layouts and responsive application UI (CSS3 grid, flexbox, multi-column, positioned floats, regions, and hyphenation), HTML5 Forms, input controls, and validation.
- Enhanced Web programming model for better offline applications through local storage with IndexedDB and the HTML5 Application Cache; Web Sockets, HTML5 History, Async scripts, HTML5 File APIs, HTML5 Drag-drop, HTML5 Sandboxing, Web workers, ES5 Strict mode support.
- Beautiful and interactive Web applications with support for several new technologies like CSS3 Positioned Floats, HTML5 Drag-drop, File Reader API, Media Query Listeners, Pointer Events, and HTML5 Forms.
- Improved Web application security with the same markup and support for HTML5 Sandbox for iframe isolation.
Microsoft Internet Explorer will be pushed out to all Windows 7 users via Windows Update, or can be installed manually from the official website.