In late July, Microsoft delivered a developer preview of its Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) browser for Windows 7. On September 18, the company rolled out the follow-on -- a release preview of IE11 for Windows 7.
IE11 for Windows 7 release preview (as it is called officially) is meant for anyone to download and try. The updated preview is available from the Microsoft download center. It's also available for download from the IE site.
This is the final test build of IE11 for Windows 7 before general availability of this version of the browser. IE11 for Windows 7 is due out some time "later this fall." Microsoft officials aren't providing a specific date. IE11 for Windows 8.1 will be generally available on October 18, the day that Windows 8.1 launches.
IE11 for Windows 7 includes many, but not all, of the same features that are in the Windows 8.1 version.
Here's what's different:
Beyond this handful of differences, IE11 for Windows 7 and IE 11 for Windows 8.1 are largely the same, according to Microsoft officials.
The updated release preview includes a number of performance enhancements that Microsoft has made since the developer preview was released. It also includes a few new features of interest specifically to developers.
According to a posting on the IE Blog, now that the Pointer Events specification is a Candidate Recommendation at the W3C, IE11 supports an un-prefixed version of the emerging standard. "With Pointer Events support across the full range of Windows devices (and soon to other browsers), web sites can easily build experiences that work equally well with mouse, keyboard, pen, and touch," officials said.