Finally, after months of availability on Windows 8, Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7. It became globally available on February 26. Microsoft will be pushing the browser through its update system in the coming weeks and months. It’s only available for Windows 8 and 7; it is not available for Windows Vista. In the meantime you can head over to Microsoft’s website and download the browser manually.
So, is it worth the wait? Well, it certainly has improved over Internet Explorer 9 in terms of HTML5 and CSS3 compliance. Microsoft is boasting that the new browser supports more than 30 new standards over the previous iteration, including (my most-wanted) text-shadow (yes it has taken them this long to implement that). Internet Explorer 10 has closed the gap with Chrome and Firefox in terms of standards adoption, though if Microsoft maintains its schedule of large delays between releases, that gap is going to grow rather large rather quickly. In the meantime though let’s hope people start updating their browser.
I have updated the browser on my computer and indeed it is quite speedy, but to be honest that was never really the problem with Internet Explorer, especially not with Internet Explorer 9. I never really had any speed issues with the browser. My issues came with the lack of standards adoption and the poorly designed UI (and the lack of add-ons and extensions like the other leading browsers).
- Internet Explorer 10 98.5ms
- Chrome 25.0.1364.160 142.5ms
- Firefox 19.0.2 172.3ms
- Safari 5.1.7 182.0ms
- Opera 12.14 183.3ms
So where does this leave us? Well, hopefully people will upgrade to the newest version if they’re still using Internet Explorer. Hopefully by year’s end most Windows users will be using Internet Explorer 10. Of course those who refuse to give up XP can only upgrade to Internet Explorer 8, but that issue is for another post.