The first of MS’s IE10 Previews for W7 has arrived and is available for download here:
I’m doing the x64 download, and I’ll keep you updated with impressions and screenshots as we go along.
First impression is that the installation is taking a long time because of the “Language Package”. I don’t like the idea that disc space is being wasted on languages over which I should have choice whether to install or not. I seem to remember that option sometime in the past with IE.
First glance at IE 10. Installation required a reboot to configure your system.
You’ll notice the “blue line” with “Noir 7” (below). This was not present in other UIS2 skins like vStyler’s, Stardock Design’s and Mike Bryant’s (Sirus). I believe this is probably a matter of skin settings (but I’m no authority on this).
When viewing WC Forums, a problem appeared using the “default” view:
Which was easily fixed using the “Compatibility View” (left pane).
IE 10 when combined with Windows 8 supposedly has protection against 99% of malware (per Microsoft). It is unclear whether this holds true with IE 10 for Windows 7.
Another “plus” is that IE 10 comes with “Do Not Track” for your privacy, and add on management (use the cog wheel at the right end of the tab bar). DNT lists are available here: http://www.iegallery.com/en-us/trackingprotectionlists As well as many other extensions, etc.
Please remember, this is only an overview and there are features, etc. which I haven’t discovered yet.
I will say that it’s a speedy browser. Very fast indeed. Microsoft has not repeated the error it made with the x64 Java engine in IE9. This isn’t your grandpa’s IE at all.
Also, this is just a preview release of IE 10 for Windows 7: Not the RTM.
I’ll be giving you a follow up though, as things move along.
To uninstall IE10 Preview: