Microsoft confirms that Windows 7 will get IE11
Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) will be made available on Windows 7, confirmed Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) this week at its BUILD developer's conference. The company had launched the beta of IE11 together with the public preview of Windows 8.1. This news is relevant to enterprises given how Windows 7 is still running on 49 percent of all PCs, and serves to quell speculation that Microsoft could tighten system requirements and make IE11 available to Windows 8-only.
IE11 will offer many improvements, such as offloading image loading to the GPU, independent tab suspension and rendering of HTML5 video natively. In addition, IE11 scans for unsafe WebGL content, and is implemented in such a way that graphics subsystem failures are not fatal. Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, says: "With IE11, your 3D experiences can access device orientation to create new interaction opportunities for immersive web content."
In the meantime, Microsoft has also produced a video showing IE11 beating Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Chrome hands down in a benchmark. While the software giant declined to name a release date for IE11, it is expected that the free Windows 8.1 will arrive in late October if Microsoft mimics the release date of Windows 8.
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