Microsoft has released Internet Explorer (IE) 10 for the Windows 7 platform
just months after the arrival of Windows 8. This is an important
development for IT consulting,
as it will make the freshest version of the browser available to millions
of more people and businesses, in nearly 100 different languages.
While IE 10 is currently an “optional” update, IT support Orange County encourages all businesses running the
Windows 7 platform to upgrade as soon as possible. In the near future,
Microsoft plans on making the transition to IE 10 an “important” update to
encourage wide distribution and use. This a change in direction for the
tech giant, as browser updates prior to late 2011 were always optional and
required the user to acknowledge a EULA before installing.
After upgrading, the IE experience will be nearly the same on both Windows
7 and Windows 8. The new browser brings DirectWrite and Direct2D for
hardware acceleration, and the touch API for Pointer Events. Windows 7
requires an API update in order to make use of IE 10’s new features. IT
consulting may want to note that the browser comes with “Do Not Track”
enabled as the default setting. As this could prove problematic in the work
environment, it may need to be disabled.
One crucial difference that exists between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is
Flash. IE 10 on Windows 8 will receive new versions of Flash through
Windows Update, while on Windows 7, Flash will need to be updated through
Abdobe’s official installer. This is the same update method that was used
with IE 9.
IT support Orange County recommends that businesses that are currently
using the Windows 7 platform on their workstations should consider moving
up to IE 10 for the new features, better security and more efficient