Microsoft inches closer to delivering Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Microsoft inches closer to delivering Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Summary: Microsoft is continuing to test privately the last preview build of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 before releasing it to the Web.


Microsoft is getting closer to delivering the final version of its Internet Explorer 10 browser for Windows 7.


In a recent private e-mail message to select testers, Microsoft officials said a recently delivered private test build will be the "last pre-RTW (release to Web/final) build of the browser that will be made available through Connect.".

"While there is still no RTW date to announce at this time, please make sure you are filing prompt feedback if any issues are found," the note added.

The newest build was made available to select testers via Connect, its product feedback/testing site, according to my contacts.

I asked Microsoft officials if this build or any subsequent test builds of IE10 for Windows 7 would be released to the public and was told the company had "nothing more to share at this time." 

Microsoft released its most recently updated public preview of IE10 for Windows 7 in November 2012. That build included the new IE10 user interface. It was optimized for touch first and included improved security, performance and HTML5/CSS3 standards compliance, according to the Softies. The November 2012 build was the first new test build of IE10 for Windows 7 that testers received since mid-2011.

The November preview build of IE10 for Windows 7 was Version 10.0.9200.16438. The preview requires Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed in order to run.

IE10 is the browser that Microsoft has bundled with Windows 8 and Windows RT.


Topics: Browser, Microsoft, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I wonder...

    I already have enough crappy business sites that don't fully support IE9 (although the site works fine, they get annoyed when my users call them using it), so I can just imagine how annoyed they'll be with IE10. Mostly government and financial/insurance companies, of course. I can't remember ever having a problem with a commercial site that wasn't easily fixed.

    That said, Compatibility Mode works wonders in IE9 and IE10 on Windows 8, so I'm sure it will be fine going forward. The important thing here is the major improvements for supporting standards in IE10.

    Critics can complain all they want and use whatever browser they like, but at the end of the day IE9/IE10 really are nice browsers, and they don't have nearly the number of problems as old versions had.
    • Parts of SalesForce

      Really don't like IE10. It's very annoying. And compatibility mode doesn't always fix it. I liked IE9 but the lack of spell check was the feature I would miss the most when using it. Now that 10 has it, I use IE for 95% of my web browsing. Maybe more since I have WP8.
      • Remember when Chrome was a good browser?

        Yeah, IE10 has been great, and after years of being a die-hard Chrome user, I've made the switch to IE10. Has anyone else noticed how Chrome seems to be turning itself into the IE6 of the modern era? What is google thinking?
        • I've got constant Chrome cookie issues when visiting ZD

          This post is done in Firefox.
        • Hmmmm

          Let alone the constant updating [even in the background] from the buggiest web browser of 2011 [and probably still the buggiest in 2012 - when ever was there a Chrome browser update that didn't fix at least a dozen security issues?].
          IE may not be the fastest browser [do I care if it take a second longer for the full page to appear?] but it is still more secure than Chrome.
          • You got it wrong.

            Patching security holes is a good thing. Chrome does it regularly, and doesn't wait ages like IE does. Software is always imperfect, bugs are a fact of life. Chrome has been about speed, security, and stability from the start, IE has been about whatever junk MS decided to make, generally with thousands of security issues, glitches, crashes, and incompatibilities. Chrome doesn't require any specific OS, IE 10 requires a new OS, and IE has horrendous die hard old version users that plague the web since they have no auto update mechanism, and its a pain to update, if your OS is even supported.

            No matter how hard MS tries with new browsers, there will still be issues for several years with people who don't update because they don't know how, don't want to take the time, or simply can't, so IE as a whole is still terrible. There is still a decent percentage who are still on IE6, which is just sad. IE9/10 won't matter for at least 6 more years.
            Jared Hohman
        • Say what?

          IE has been, is, and will be an inferior browser for the foreseeable future. Microsoft's best of the best still lags behind FF and chrome for HTML5 support. If anything IE is slowing down the adoption of modern technology on the web.

          MS's best effort ranks last amongst its peers. IE 10 has failed even before it even made it out of the gate.
    • Good news ....

      .... for those, who are yet to use Windows 8.
  • I'm surprised it hasn't happened already

    I wonder why it has taken this long. I can't imagine there is that much Windows 8 specific code in IE10 (the desktop version, not the Modern UI version) that needs to be rewritten for Windows 7.
    • no big motivation

      I can't imagine there is any big motivation for working on IE, other than they can have the familliar "e" icon on their products. The value of that trademark is even questionable by now. There is no direct profit from its usage and MS is very dependant on that traditional business model. Perhaps it is hoped that people will stay on or use windows specifically because IE is so much better than the competition but that's pretty much an impossible goal at this point.
      • Doesn't make sense

        Then why make IE10? And why put so much new code in IE10 that it doesn't automatically work on Windows 7? Clearly MS DID work a lot on IE10.

        BTW I too don't understand why MS puts any resources into IE because as you wrote, it would be difficult to link IE to MS profits. However, neither you nor me have access to the information that MS does and clearly they see some benefit in this.
        • Just a guess...

          They are rewarding early adopters of Windows 8.
          • Ding Ding!

            That's the only reasonable excuse to having IE10 so incompatible with Windows 7. I wouldn't doubt if it has something to do with a hook to Windows Defender or something silly like this...

            Either way, indeed, IE10 (of which I am using to write this) has issues. It doesn't close upon command...which is quite silly to have to go into the task manager to shut it down, but I think that this issue will be resolved upon release. Whatever they decide, they need to hurry up, because I'm not upgrading to Windows 8 (especially given the new, $200 premium to do so), and the differences between 7 & 8 are inherently small given their retention of the same kernel version.

            How silly would that be? The $40 Service Pack (of which should've been provided with Windows 7) was barely worth it, but I was willing to live with it. Now that they're charging $200 for it, they must be crazy...
      • Lack of motivation

        yes, but it's probably tied more to their desire to push Windows 8 than to provide something for Windows 7 users. Typical Microsoft; it only looks at what is current, and seems to only support past software, grudgingly. Like Visual Studio ... you can look all over MSDN, but they only talk about VS2012, when most developers are using either VS2008 or VS2010.
    • My guess ...

      ... is that we'll see IE10 for Windows7 ship alongside an update to IE10 for Windows8 that both include some additional improved compatibility with legacy sites and additional standards compliance / features.

      After all, IE10 has been used in the wild for a few months now and Microsoft's been gathering a great deal of telemetry on what does and doesn't work. Improving a product based on real-world usage and telemetry is, perhaps, the single most effective way any company can improve the quality, performance, stability and compliance of its products.
      • Indeed!

        I can b---h and moan all day about MS' business strategy with Windows 8, but something I can't complain about is their Customer Service and, moreso, their testing methodology.

        Great point!
    • New browser

      When Microsoft releases a new OS with a new browser, they first get the OS out the door before worry about porting the browser to an older OS. When IE was included in Win7, they only later ported IE8 to Vista and XP.
      I suspect a possible SP2 for Win7 would be another reason for the delay. Usually, after a new OS, the last OS gets a SP [maybe the last?] within 6 months of the new OS release.
      • Windows 9

        My gut tells me Windows 8 is going to be similar to Windows ME (anyone remember that fiasco) or Vista, versions of Windows that were released to provide a revenue stream for MS but did little for the end user.

        Windows 8 is necessary to allow Microsoft to survive to compete with the iPad and the plethora of Android devices. The iPad has a multi year head start on everyone else and Android came in a filled the void. Microsoft is now starting waaaaaaay back in third place and I'd be surprised if MS makes major inroads into the tablet market given the high price of the devices their OS runs on.

        Android comes with very little in the way of licencing costs and runs on everything from the cheapest $50 tablet right through the most expensive device money can buy. iOS has the lion's share of the market and Apple makes nice devices.

        Microsoft, unlike Blackberry, did at least come out with software that people would use (even if the software runs only on super expensive hardware).

        But, Windows 8 will do little to satisfy the desktop user.

        Corporate users will never get on board with Windows 8. It's too consumery and half-baked for them given that many LARGE organisations are still on XP (!) and only just now are starting to migrate to Windows 7.

        I bet corporations'll be waiting for Windows 10 before they do another upgrade in 2025 and all but the smallest will take a pass on Windows 8.

        But, then gain, Windows 8 wasn't targetted at the corporate sector, was it?!
        • Apologies...

          for the grammatical mistakes.
  • Microsoft inches closer to delivering Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

    I see a couple of upgrades in the future. I will be recommending it to those I know are still on Microsoft Windows 7.