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New Internet Explorer 10 Preview Works Only On Windows 8

Microsoft has quietly released a new test build of its next generation browser, Internet Explorer 10, one which this time around, only works on Windows 8 (or rather, at this stage, its developer version).

According to a report by ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley (opens in new tab), the fourth iteration of the "platform preview" brings even more support for HTML5 technology that, according to Microsoft (opens in new tab), enables "richer Web applications with significantly improved performance".

There's also a new quirks mode which "is more consistent and interoperable with the way quirks modes works in other browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera" says the Microsoft blog post written by Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager.

He added "the features in this platform preview are available to Web pages now, and will be available to Metro style applications in Windows 8".

IE10 will be available only for Windows 7 and Windows 8 with the browser being announced possibly at the same time or just before Windows 8. The latter is also expected to be available in summer 2012. Internet Explorer 10 will be the first Microsoft desktop browser to run on ARM architecture.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.