September 18th, 2013, 18:10 PM
Microsoft pushes faster, touch-friendly IE11 preview onto Windows 7
Microsoft pushed a preview of its Internet Explorer 11 to Windows 7 users on Wednesday, adding a bit more speed to its already touch-friendly features.
To those who chose to download Windows 8.1 a few months ago, IE11 should be a familiar tool. But the IE11 for Windows 7 preview may be a new experience for most Windows 7 users, even if its release was a virtually foregone conclusion after Microsoft came out with the IE11 for Windows 7 developer edition at its Build conference in late July.
Although Microsoft still claims that the IE family is the fastest browser on the planet, the company has highlighted its emphasis on touch. On Windows 7, IE11 Release Preview is 9 percent faster than IE10, which is a 5 percent improvement from the IE11 Developer Preview, and more than 30 percent faster than the nearest competitive browser, Sandeep Singhal and Rob Mauceri, wrote in a blog post announcing the release. In July, Microsoft claimed that its Chakra Java engine within IE11 is 20 times faster than IE10, and 15 times faster than the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox.
Nevertheless, Microsoft’s mantra is that “touch is the new fast”. In fact, the video that Microsoft has released—as part of its self-deprecating “The Browser You Loved to Hate” campaign—barely mentions speed at all. Instead, it focuses on the numerous tabs that IE can have open at any one time, the ability to zoom, its multitouch capabilities, and the ability to “click to call,” launching Skype from a snapped window on the same screen.