As was widely expected, the most recent set of updates for the Windows operating system brought with it the final version of Microsoft’s flagship browser for the ever popular Windows 7.
This version of the company’s in-house web browser was previously exclusive to Windows 8.
Both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for download, and the browser is offered in a number of languages. Plus it also comes with an automatic update service built-in.
And just as one may imagine, it comes with DNT (Do Not Track) functionality turned on by default. Microsoft announced the availability of IE10 in a post on its official blog:
“In keeping with our commitment on prioritizing the privacy of our customers, the Do Not Track (DNT) signal is turned on in IE10 for Windows 7. In addition to Tracking Protection, IE continues to lead in providing increased choice and control over your privacy online. Customers can choose to turn-off the DNT signal in the options settings in Internet Explorer.”
Redmond, in recent times, has been somewhat proactively keen on protecting the privacy of its users, and this is another step in that direction. Of course, it is very much possible to turn of tracking protection by lifting the hood and modifying a few buttons.
The company has also listed the system requirements of Internet Explorer for Windows 7. They are modest enough, as expected, but here they are nevertheless:
- A Windows 7, 8 or Windows RT PC.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
- Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
Do note that if you are planning to deploy Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7, you may be required to run Windows Update first to make sure you have an up-to-date system.
And do let us know in the comments if you do, or are planning an upgrade to IE10.