Internet Explorer 10, the browser that’s currently available for Windows 8 early adopters only, will also arrive on Windows 7 next month. But only as a preview, Microsoft said in a blog post.
The full version, however, will be released at a later date, as the company collects developer and customer feedback to provide the best possible experience.
Internet Explorer 10 is a completely reworked version of the popular browser and comes with a factory-installed version of the Adobe Flash Player.
This means that Microsoft must issue patches whenever a flaw in the Flash Player is discovered. Until now, Microsoft’s browsers were delivered without this plugin, so Adobe was solely responsible for any vulnerability found in its software.
“IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities,” Rob Mauceri, group program manager, Internet Explorer, said In a statement.
“IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for. We look forward to getting your feedback on IE10 on Windows 7, and will provide another update when the preview is available.”
Internet Explorer 10 has already received an update on Windows 8 to patch a Flash Player bug that could allow attackers run malicious codes on vulnerable computers.
Microsoft rolled out a total of three patches to fix the bug on different platforms, including Windows 8 for 32-bit systems, Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems and Windows Server 2012.