The much awaited launch of IE 10 browser for Windows 7 has been finally announced by Microsoft. The availability of the new browser will help a large Windows 7 user base to have an enhanced browsing experience compared to the previous browser versions.
Windows 7 is the most popular operating system in use. It is only recently that Windows 7 surpassed Windows XP to become the most used Windows based operating system by PC users across the world. The new browser from Microsoft was officially announced last month along with Windows 8 operating system. However it has to be taken note that IE 10 is currently tested with Windows 7 and is on test or ‘preview’ mode.
Microsoft has made it clear that the new browser won’t be compatible with any other Windows operating system versions other than Windows 8 and Windows 7. Recent reports from Microsoft suggest Windows 8 not still popular as that of Windows 7 with almost 670 million licenses for Windows 7 being sold ever since it was released in 2009. Analysts predict Windows 8 not to reach the record sales of Windows 7 licenses until 2014.
Laptops, PCs and tablets running on Windows 8 comes embedded with IE 10 browser where as the devices running on Windows 7 will have to download and then install the latest browser separately.
Analysts also expect that though IE 10 browser is designed for smoother and faster processing of web pages, it will continue to have fewer adopters from Windows 7 users since IE 10 is designed to function well with touch screen displays.
There are only few Windows 7 PCs that can be controlled with fingers in display screen. However, Microsoft remains optimistic and expects IE 10 browser to be downloaded by most of the Windows 7 users. The company also expects IE 10 to help them regain their market share as against Google Chrome.