By Craig Buckler

IE10 Final Arrives on Windows 7

By Craig Buckler

The final gold release of IE10 is available for Windows 7. Microsoft has taken their time — it’s been four months since it appeared with Windows 8 — but it’s here now.

If you’ve been running the IE10 Release Preview, you should receive an update during the next few days. Those using IE9 will be automatically upgraded over the coming weeks. If you can’t wait, head over to and download a copy.

So why should you upgrade?

  • Microsoft state that IE10 is 20% faster than IE9 — which is no slouch.
  • IE10 supports 60% more web standards than IE9, including CSS3 transformations, animations, gradients, web sockets, the file API, pointer events, etc.
  • A HTML5 test score of 320+6 / 500 and 100 / 100 Acid3 test result.
  • Increased privacy controls and Do Not Track enabled by default.
  • There’s nothing to lose. If IE9’s your favorite browser, you’ll love IE10. If you’re a web developer, it will become increasingly important to test IE10…

IE9 will die fairly rapidly once the Windows updates kick-in. Large organizations and governments may take some time to evaluate and deploy the new browser, but there are far fewer fundamental differences and obstacles than those we experienced between IE6, 7, 8 and 9. Within a few months, I would expect IE9’s market share of 16.9% to exchange places with IE10’s 1.2%. In addition, Windows 7 is the world’s most-used OS and it’s installed on more than 50% of desktops — IE10 deployments will increase accordingly.

It may have taken too long, but Microsoft has finally delivered a clean, fast, capable browser which supports the majority of modern HTML5 web standards. It’s not particularly exciting and IE10 offers few compelling reasons ditch your favorite application but, at the same time, there’s no reason to ridicule those who prefer it. Let’s just hope this is the first in a series of rapid updates; the standard IE two-year gestation period is far too slow.

Read my IE10 review, the IE10 announcement and download IE10 from

  • Robb

    Web developers, make sure to note that (versions prior to 4.5) does not support IE 10 (sends downlevel code without javascript) and that you will have to either change your website or install a KB to get it to work.

    • Thanks for contributing to my personal list of reasons why I hate ASP.NET ;]

      • Juan

        …and IExx!

    • What has a server side programming language to do with the Client Browser? Asp.Net send the code that you want to send to the client. Some Microsoft Products like SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 are built on and they use HTML5 and CSS3 and don’t support IE7 and only support IE8 limited.

  • Kenny Landes

    Now if they can just kick IE7/8 to the curb and drive a stake through its heart.

  • Ben Axnick

    Hurrah! Even if we’ll still be dealing with IE7/8 for many years to come, this ensures a bright future where we won’t have to devote half of our time debugging obscure IE browser issues.

  • sam

    Congratulations Microsoft, you are nearly at the point of making a browser that can actually compete with Firefox and Chrome. On behalf of developers everywhere I would still rather users never ever use a MS browser ever again. Seriously, why didn’t they just stop making a browser years ago and let those better at it take over.

  • Craig Burleigh

    Wow! Microsoft has taken over my website without my permission – I just installed IE 10 and went to check my About page – and there in blue and underlined are various pieces of my text with links to externals sites that I did not put there – Microsoft has hijacked my html and added their own links to parts of my text (such as ‘business communications’, and ‘professional photography’) that take my customers away from my own site – I am sure this must be ILLEGAL and will be checking with my legal team ASAP.
    How can they do this – what are other people finding related to this??
    There must be something in the Commerce Clause that prevents one business from hijacking another business’s website.
    Look forward to what you all think . . .
    Thanks. Craig.

    • Alastair

      No they haven’t done any of this. Don’t be ridiculous.

    • Johan

      you might want to check your machine for virusses…

    • Paul

      Cheap website plug! Shame on you.

      • I agree, Paul. I’ve removed the active site link from this comment. There’s still a non-active link in the text of the comment for anyone who is deeply concerned enough about MS hijacking a website to type it into an address bar. I’m going to leave the rest of the comment here to remind myself how easy it is to be fooled.

  • David Salahi

    I wonder if it works with Windows (7) Aero now? The IE Preview disabled Aero effects.

  • I think the problem for MS is that IE has left a bitter taste in the mouths of designers around the globe. We will generally always use another browser. MS would have to blow us away with awesomeness before I would even use IE again. It would be like going back to an old girlfriend. You know all about her past, and don’t want to get caught up in the same BS again!

  • George Talbot

    Windows 7 custom installed IE10 into an old PC OK but 10pt Verdana text in my BT Yahoo emails prints over 2% large! Has Microsoft got a problem with centimetres (your spelling) or maybe A4 paper? IE9 in Vista was a close match for Word 2007!
    And why can’t I just send a feedback message?

    • George Talbot

      I regret to say this error is not due to IE10 but to BT Yahoo who have indented the printed text, and to me who didn’t notice it. Sorry!

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