IE 11 Lands On Windows 7 OS

Windows 7 vs Windows 8

     IE 11 on Windows 7

Microsoft has given most of its time and attention to its new venture, Windows 8, and later Windows 8.1. However, it is to be noted that most of the world’s computers are running the older version- Windows 7. This is as per the recent numbers from Net Applications.

Internet Explorer 11 is a part of the Windows 8.1 so it is quite natural for this version of the browser to come in the Windows 8 platform first. Microsoft has announced that the Windows 7 users can also take advantage of the new version of Internet Explorer. This was announced in the IEMSDN blog.

It is glad news that the Windows 7 users are getting the IE 11 version much faster that IE 10. IE 10 was launched with Windows 8 on October 26, 2012 and was available as a preview version in Nov 2012. The full release was on Feb 26. With the IE 11, the Windows 7 users had to wait only for three weeks after its initial launch.

The latest version of Internet Explorer speeds up web browsing and reduces the CPU usage. This feature helps users to save batteries on laptops and mobile PCs. This version also adds new standard support, including for WebGL, which is the 3D graphics API that Microsoft was reluctant to add on several versions. The unfortunate part is that IE 11 does not add the tab-syncing feature in Windows 7. This is exclusively available for the Windows 8.1 users. This is the much prominent difference when evaluating the performance of IE 11 based on Windows 7 vs Windows 8 criteria.

Improved Browsing Speeds

IEMSDN blog

        Performance of IE 11 in Windows

IE 11 speeds the JavaScript performance when compared to IE 10 by 9 percent. Microsoft knows that browser performance is not just JavaScript. They have also improved the page-loading speed in the new version. One clever improvement in the latest version of IE is that it makes use of the computer’s graphic processor or GPU to decode JPEG images. This is one of the most common types of web content. Microsoft claims that doing this will speed up the loading speed of images by 45 percent.

Some of these enhancements will not be much apparent to end users than to developers. For instance, IE 11’s Chakra JIT complier that speeds up ECMA Scriptgetters/setters, which many developers were hesitant to use for fear of causing a big performance hit. If you would like to have a comparison study of IE 11’s performance on Windows 7 and Windows 8, you may visit the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 module of the Microsoft website.

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