Microsoft is investing a lot of marketing dollars into Internet Explorer 10. If you’ve seen the flashy new commercials on TV, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But does Internet Explorer 10 live up to the hype? Now, Windows 7 users can answer that question themselves thanks to a new free trial.

That’s right: Microsoft recently released a free trial version of Internet Explorer 10 onto Windows 7. Microsoft promises that IE10 brings:

“…improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that web developers have been asking for.”

Microsoft also suggests that IE10 for Windows 7 is identical to IE10 for Windows 8, at least from a development standpoint. Both versions of the browser use the same standards based platform. So if you want to taste a slice of Windows 8 without actually buying and installing Windows 8, then the IE 10 preview may be able to help.

How to install Internet Explorer 10

To install IE10 today, click here and choose which version you want to download (click the IE 10 on Windows 7 Preview).

Advantages of Internet Explorer 10

Is there any good reason to upgrade to IE 10? Well, early reports say that it’s noticeably faster than all previous versions of Internet Explorer, although it’s not quite as fast as Google Chrome. As with all browser speed tests, we’re talking about differences of just a few milliseconds, so most people will not notice a large discernible difference between whatever browsers they’re using.

Here are the most important advantages users will experience by switching to Internet Explorer 10:

-Faster speed than IE 9

-Do Not Track enabled by default

-Improved HTML5 support

-A similar interface to IE9

This ‘preview’ version of Internet Explorer 10 isn’t the final copy. Microsoft should be releasing the final version of IE10 for Windows 7 in the near future – although we don’t expect it to have too many improvements from the IE10 preview.

Once again, you can download the free preview copy of IE 10 for Windows 7 from here

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