Microsoft rolls out Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7

Microsoft has now rolled out Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7, and it comes packing a bunch of nifty tricks...


Software giant Microsoft has rolled out its Release Preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. The new web browser is also going to be part of Windows 8.1, the latest update to its Windows 8 operating system. It should be noted that the final version of the browser will be out later this year.

The company has said that the Release Preview comes with performance tweaks that will make it 30 percent faster than other browsers. The Preview also comes with updates that support the latest Internet standards as well as developer tool improvements keeping in mind the feedback received on the Internet Explorer 11 Developers Preview for Windows 7 which was rolled out in July. 
 
When the Developer Preview was released, the company had said that the new browser came with improved performance, faster page load time, new standards support for next generation sites as well as completely revamped developer tools. It had also said that the browser’s Windows 8.1 version will come will all the same features.

 Microsoft rolls out Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7

Microsoft has now rolled out the Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7

 

The company has said that IE11 is the first browser that naturally decodes JPG images in real time through the GPU, ensuring that the web pages load faster and use up less memory, as well as reduce the power consumption and in turn improve the battery life of devices. IE11 is also said to be the first browser to use the GPU to render text. 
 
Microsoft also states that the new browser version is the first to put make use of W3C Resources Priority standard that will let developers define which parts of the page are important and need to be loaded first. It has also built in support for HTML5 link prefetching and pre-rendering, basically allowing developers to brief the browser on what to expect from the users and get those pages ready accordingly. 

Under the hood, the company has also included support for hardware accelerated 3D web graphics with support for WebGL. It has also integrated support for plug-in free HTML5 video as well as the latest standards for closed captioning and adaptive streaming, which basically allows the quality of the video to be adjusted depending on the available bandwidth and rights management. Microsoft has even tweaking its JavaScript engine, Chakra, in the latest installment of the Internet browser.
 
IE11 also packs a completely revamped suite of in-browser F12 developer tools. These should help Web developers diagnose and optimise apps quickly and efficiently, according to the company. The Windows 8.1 version will also come with features developed for touch screens. These include swipe gestures for moving between pages as well as support for Windows 8.1’s side-by-side mode. This will allow users to browse between two websites on difference instances of the browser on one screen.

 

It has also packed in a sync tab feature that lets users continue browsing the same websites on different devices using their Microsoft credentials. So far, this feature has not been seen on the browser’s Windows 7 version. 


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