IE 10 for Windows 7 coming in November

IE_h_cFinally some news that isn’t about Windows 8 today, as the IE Blog, in a short post, announced that a new version of IE 10 for Windows 7 would become available sometime in November.  The blog post is short enough to repeat here:

As we approach general availability of Windows 8, we want to provide an update on IE10 for Windows 7. We will release a preview of IE10 on Windows 7 in mid-November, with final availability to follow as we collect developer and customer feedback.

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. 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.

Up until now, IE 10 has only been available as a “test drive”, with benchmark programs but no full browser, but this new preview will apparently be a full on browser download, according to a tweet from tech writer Mary Branscombe.