ea2148fd3911win7.jpg Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 11 developer preview for Windows 7

As promised, Internet Explorer 11 is making its way to 7, slowly but surely. Almost a month after we got our serious taste of ’s latest browser, currently available on Windows 8.1 only, the developer preview version for Win 7 has hit the web. Obviously, there’s a lot less Metro-flavored flash, but the most important features and improvements should still carry over. The biggest news is the improved performance and load times. is quite proud of the enhancements it’s made to Chakra, it’s JavaScript engine, and claims it’s significantly faster than , Firefox and Opera. As always, though, you can take these self-administered benchmarks with a grain of salt. There’s also support for WebGL and advanced HTML5 video features, like those powering the next-generation Netflix player. And, seeing as how this is a developer preview, the wouldn’t be complete with out some updated tools for building sites and web apps, in the form of an overhauled F12, that borrows heavily from Visual Studio.

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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 11 developer preview for Windows 7