Internet Explorer 11 arrives on Windows 7 at last


Internet Explorer hasn't exactly been the browser of champions over the last few years, but version 11 promises a vast improvement, and it's finally available for Windows 7 after a period of exclusivity on Windows 8.

What can the average user expect from this latest version? More speed, primarily. Microsoft has been hard at work revising their Javascript engine, which executes many of the custom bits of code that make websites work. It's hard to tell whether it will be faster than Firefox or Chrome on any particular website, but it should at least be competitive.

Some of the latest HTML5 features are supported as well: WebGL, which enables 3D graphics in the browser, and several common forms of video should run without the need to download a plugin or load a Flash player.

More changes, including several meant specifically for web developers, can be found at Microsoft's blog post announcing availability. You can download the browser itself here.

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