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Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 now available

Microsoft has launched a release preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.

The updated browser is available for download now on

"Consumers can now enjoy a fast and fluid web with the updated IE10 engine on their Windows 7 devices," Microsoft said in a blog post.

Microsoft first tipped IE10 for Windows 7 last month. The revamped browser "brings an entirely new browsing experience and set of capabilities to the Web, such as a new touch first browsing experience and full screen UI for your sites, security improvements that offer the best protection against the most common threats on the Web, improved performance, and support for the HTML5 and CSS3 standards developers need," Microsoft said.

IE10 was developed for Windows 8, but is now being rolled out to those who have not yet upgraded to the new OS. On the security front, IE10 includes the "do not track" technology turned on by default, so advertisers cannot secretly monitor your activity in order to serve up targeted ads. Those who want it, however, can disable "do not track."

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.