Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 11 release preview for Windows 7

About two months after the preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 was launched, Microsoft has launched an updated beta version of its browser. The release preview will likely be the last beta version of IE11 for Windows 7 before the full release later this fall. In The company hopes the launch will bring IE11 to more than 50% of desktops worldwide.

Just like the Windows 8 version, IE11 will make extensive use of hardware acceleration. According to Microsoft, this new version is about 9% faster than IE10 and 5% faster than the developer preview. Microsoft has also noted that IE11 is 30% faster than any other browser.  With IE11, Microsoft is also finally embracing WebGL for GPU-accelerated 2D and 3D content in the browser. IE11 also supports Pointer Events, a Microsoft-backed standard for handling touch input in the browser.

Another area where Microsoft made some changes are IE11′s developer tools. Among these improvements are the ability to debug WebGL content from the console, improvements to the built-in debugger, a DOM explorer and the ability to find memory leaks.  As with all recent IE releases, Microsoft is making virtual machine images of the IE11 release preview for Windows 7 available on modern.ie.