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Internet Explorer 10 coming to Windows 7 in November

Microsoft announced today that Internet Explorer 10 will be available to those running Windows 7 machines in November.

A preview version of the revamped browser will be available in mid-November and a final version will roll out shortly thereafter having incorporating user feedback, Rob Mauceri, group program manager for IE, wrote in a blog post.

IE10 will be pre-loaded on machines running Windows 8, which debuts on 26 October.

"We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities," Mauceri wrote. "IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for."

As PCMag's Michael Muchmore noted recently, IE10 "leads a double life" in Windows 8, given that you can run it in the traditional desktop view, as well as the interface formerly known as Metro. It also gets a speed boost and improved support for emerging web technologies over its predecessor.

Microsoft first showed off IE10 at last year's MIXX conference, announcing at that point that the revamped browser would only run on Windows 7 and Windows 8; sorry Vista.

IE10 made headlines recently after a national advertising group published an open letter in protest of Microsoft's plan to turn "do not track" technology on by default in the browser. In setting up a Windows 8 PC, users will be given the option to select "Express Settings" or "Customize." Those who select Express will have "do not track" automatically enabled on their browser, while Customize will allow users to turn it off.

This, according to the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), will result in advertisers fleeing the web and crushing ad-supported Internet content. Microsoft said it will "continue to work towards an industry-wide definition of tracking protection."