Following up the release of Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) Developer Preview for Windows 7 in July, Microsoft delivered a version of the Web browser for all Windows 7 users that promises to speed up the Web.
IE11 Release Preview lets users of the company's most popular desktop operating system experience many of the optimizations and enhancements that Microsoft has baked into the browser in preparation for the Windows 8.1 launch next month. Jointly, Windows 7 and 8.1 will expose IE11 to more than half the desktop computing public, Roger Capriotti senior director of Internet Explorer Marketing, wrote in a blog post.
"This release also signals the final preview release before general availability of IE11 for Windows 7 later this fall. IE11 for Windows 8.1 will coincide with Windows 8.1 GA [starting at 12 a.m., Oct. 18, in New Zealand]—making IE11 available to more than 50 percent of all desktops worldwide," noted Capriotti.
IE11 Release Preview for Windows 7 paves the way for broader Web standards support, including emerging standards like Tracking Preference Expression (DNT) and Pointer Events, which are currently wending their way through the W3C approvals process. In addition, the release adds user controls for the Standard Delivery Profile for Closed Captioning.
Consumers aren't the only ones that Microsoft is hoping to turn on to IE11; it is also catering to Web developers. In-browser F12 tools—named as such since they are invoked by a press of the F12 key—have been tweaked.