Internet Explorer 11 is available on Windows 7. The new browser integrates almost all the new features of IE11 for Windows 8.1, except the touch gestures.
Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 11 for the most popular operating system in the world, Windows 7 with all the enhancements found on Windows 8.1, in terms of performance, security, privacy, reliability, and support for modern web standards.
According to data provided by Microsoft, the Chakra’s JIT (Just-in-time) compiler provides better performance by 9% compared to the Internet Explorer 10 and up to 30% higher than the rival browsers.
IE11 supports 25 new web standards that allow developers to build modern sites and professional applications. In addition to greater compatibility with HTML5 and CSS3, the browser supports the GPU acceleration for WebGL content, opening the door to a new 3D games category with performance comparable to that of native games.
It is identical to IE11 desktop version on Windows 8.1 except touch capabilities, reserved for the Modern UI browser only. But, it also suffers from the lack of compatibility with high-resolution display, and lacks protected mode, advanced EME (Encrypted Media Extensions) extensions for HTML5 video with DRM, MSE (Media Source Extensions) extensions for adaptive streaming, phone numbers recognition, synchronization of the data and settings across multiple devices, and support for the SPDY protocol.
Users can download the installer or directly choose the most suitable version of the browser on this page. In both cases, it will first install the necessary platform updates. In the coming weeks, Microsoft will also start installing the browser through Windows Update. IT administrators who want to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled can download the IE11 blocker toolkit.
Microsoft has also launched a new ad campaign for Internet Explorer called “Internet Explorer: The Anime” featuring IE superheroine. It doesn’t rival any third-party browsers in favor of IE, but it’s certainly worth the watch.