Web Developers Hint At IE10 Launch For Windows 7
Microsoft Web Developers Conducting Final Tests
Microsoft web developers are getting closer to releasing the final version of their Internet Explorer 10 website browser for Windows 7.
In a recent private e-mail message to select testers, Microsoft officials said a recently delivered private test build will be the 'last pre-RTW (Release to Web) build of the web browser that will be made available through Connect'.
'While there is still no RTW date to announce at this time, please make sure you are filing prompt feedback if any issues are found,' the note added. The newest build was made available to select testers via Connect, its product feedback and testing site.
When Microsoft officials were asked if this build or any subsequent test builds of IE10 for Windows 7 would be released to the public, the company said they had 'nothing more to share at this time'.
Web Development Team Keeping Final Launch Date Under Wraps
Officially, IE10 on Windows 7 remains in 'Release Preview', a build that debuted on the 13th November 2012. At the time, it was speculated that a final release would occur before the end of 2012, estimated on the development timetable for IE9. Instead, the web browser will apparently launch in 2013.
Microsoft's web development team released its most recently updated public preview of IE10 for Windows 7 in November 2012, which included the new IE10 user interface. Optimised for touch it included improved security, performance and HTML5/CSS3 standards compliance. The build was the first new test build of IE10 for Windows 7 that testers received since mid-2011.
IE10's public feedback website contains a wide variety of bug reports, hinting that Microsoft web developers still have work to do before shipping a final version. Among them, a glitch that disables Windows 7's Aero interface graphical elements when IE10 runs.
Microsoft Web Developers Retiring Vista and XP
IE10 will not be released for Windows Vista, the 2007 problem-plagued operating system, nor Windows XP, with its retirement looming next year. Microsoft was the first, and so far only web browser developer to drop Vista, just as it was the first and only web developer to abandon Windows XP last year when it shipped IE9.
IE10 is also the browser packaged with Windows 8 and its tablet-centric spinoff Windows RT.