Windows 7 users, Internet Explorer 10 is now your very own shiny, new toy.
Microsoft’s latest release brings IE10, its most impressive browser to date, to the desktops of all the PC fans who haven’t made the switch to Windows 8 — in other words, pretty much every cubicle hero and normal consumer outside the sphere of nerdy early adopters.
The new version brings performance upgrades, faster browsing, and enhanced security and privacy features. IE10 is available immediately for download in 95 languages.
Here are the requirements for running IE10:
• A Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows RT PC.
• Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
• RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
• Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
• Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
• Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
Currently, Microsoft says, Windows as a whole is the OS of around 700 million consumers. Switching to IE10 will reportedly bring a 20 percent performance boost for web browsing and a 60 percent increase in the browser’s support of modern web standards.
Advances like that have helped Internet Explorer gain a bit of ground in the ongoing browser wars. Currently, IE claims 55.14 percent of the global browser market, its highest share in more than a year.
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