Givin’ Some “IE 10 Love” to Windows 7

April 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm 3 comments

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Why you should update to IE 10?

To be quite honest, I like the other browsers better than Internet Explorer. And there’s a lot of other cats and humans who choose Firefox, Chrome, and Safari over IE for their Internet surfing enjoyment.

But there are things that will only run using IE, and until now the newest release of IE was only for people with Windows 8.  But now that’s changed and Windows 7 computers can feel the love of upgrading to IE 10.

Why Did Microsoft Cave In?

Uh, oh! Rant alert! My Human just saw what I am writing and now has taken over the keyboard.  Here she is:

MS will never admit it, but corporations have a lot of say in what stays and what goes when it comes to Microsoft software.

Want an example? Remember Windows Vista, the “replacement” for  Windows XP?  A lot of people did not want Vista, but if you were a U.S. consumer who bought a new laptop at your local retail store, you would only get Vista. Notice that I said U.S. consumers: if you lived in Europe, that exact laptop could support XP or Vista!  And companies like Dell & HP offered their business customers the option to “downgrade” from Vista to XP!  How does that make you feel now?

While those good ‘ol boys up in Redmond Washington can force U.S. home consumers into only one choice, businesses–who buy computers and software in bulk–are a different matter.   And as they say, “Money Talks”–and businesses spend a lot of money when it comes to software.  When companies (including the computer manufacturing companies)  refused to upgrade their work computers with Vista,  Microsoft had no choice but to continue to support XP while pushing the release of Windows 7.  In just 2 years, Vista soon became as wanted as the Ford Edsel. (End of Rant)

IE’s Security Woes

So what does that have to do with Windows 7 and IE?  When Microsoft released Windows 8 (Warning:  there may be another rant coming!),  it was decided that “”everybody will be using Windows 8” and there was no need to do extra work to have their latest IE 10 also for Windows 7.

But most businesses have just now upgraded to Windows 7, with no intention of going to Windows 8.  (Ouch!) Then,  about a year ago,  a big security hole was found in IE and could not be detected by any antivirus software (See the article New Attack on IE Browser Users ). (Oh Snap!) Every version of IE was a vulnerable — except for IE 10.

So in February 2013, Microsoft sheepishly announced that they have made IE 10 available to Windows 7–and to Windows Server 2008.

As I said,  businesses have a big say in technology. (Watch out Windows 8!)

Okay, So Where Do I Get Some of that  IE 10 Love?

Microsoft has a bad habit of changing their links, but for now you can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/ie.aspx?q=internet+explorer .

Find your Operating System (64-bit or plain 32-bit), and click the Update icon.  Select your Language and click Download.

You’ll probably be asked to close your browser and maybe restart your computer, but once done your computer will have the warm fuzzy security of having IE10.

–The Computer Cat

UPDATE!  (April 27, 2013 )

Something interesting regarding this week’s  Windows Updates.  IE10 is included to be an “Important” update, but if you actually open up to see what gets installed, IE 10 won’t be installed automatically unless you check the box yourself!  A very unusual thing by Microsoft to do. –“CC”

Windows 7 updates

IE10: not-so-important update?

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