IE11 Release Preview now available for Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 11, ’30 per cent faster than other browsers’

Microsoft has released the latest version of Internet Explorer, saying that the browser is “30% faster” than competitors.

Detailing the Release Preview of IE11 on the IEBLog, Microsoft says that the boost in speed is due to “additional performance tuning so that real-world sites download and display fast and are highly responsive and interactive.”

To give users their own chance to prove IE11’s speed, Microsoft have released a test demo inspired by International Talk Like a Pirate Day, ‘PirateMarrrk’.

The blog explains that “on Windows 7, IE11 Release Preview is 9% faster than IE10, which is a 5% improvement from the IE11 Developer Preview, and over 30% faster than the nearest competitive browser.”

Alongside the performance enhancements in IE11 are new features, such as customisable Closed Captioning, and tools for web developers such as a console, debugger, DOM explorer and memory tool, which can identify the sourceof memory leaks.

The release of IE11 comes as a zero-day flaw affecting all versions of Internet Explorer, though particularly targeting users of IE 8 and 9, has been identified.

Microsoft has promised a patch, but it may not arrive until the next scheduled security update on October 8th.

The prevalence of Internet Explorer on Windows machines used in business means that the flaw may affect up to 70 per cent of Windows-using businesses, PC World reports.

The Release Preview is available to download from Microsoft now, and is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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