IE10 is now live for Windows 7

February 26, 2013

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.

As our reviewer wrote of an earlier preview of the browser, “Arguably the biggest enhancement is support for the Web Worker API, which lets developers take advantage of things like multi-core processors when they work with JavaScript. Basically, when a website is rendering images or something complex, IE10 will take advantage of hardware to make the site load more smoothly or even run scripts that are more complicated than ever before. … IE10 is a step in the right direction.

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