Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is all about performance
Microsoft has officially released the final version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. The latest iteration of its evergreen web browser ships with a firm focus on performance, with the promise of a 9 percent improvement over IE10.
There’s little visible difference between Internet Explorer 11 and its immediate predecessor for Windows 7 users -- none of the added functionally in the Windows 8.1 release has found its way into this build.
Reduced CPU usage comes with the promise of improved WebGL graphics performance as IE11 offloads the work to the GPU, which has the added benefit of reducing power consumption.
Compliance with web standards -- including HTML5 and ECMAScript 6 -- has also been updated along with security and privacy updates (one study by NSS Labs shows IE11 to be vastly superior at defeating social engineering attacks compared to other browsers).
Users wishing to roadtest the new performance improvements and standards support can do so by visiting the IE Test Drive website.
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is available as a free download now, and will be rolled out through automatic updates over the coming weeks. IE11 is also available in Windows 8.1.