Microsoft recently announced Internet Explorer 10 or IE 10 for Windows 7 and has created a buzz among the users. Initially released for Windows 8 operating system, IE 10 is gaining its popularity with its features like fast speed, fluid behavior for graphics and support for HTML 5 and CSS3.
Internet Explorer has always been criticized for its slow response, frequent crashes and above all, for its lack of security. IE 6 has been declared the most non-secure web browser developed which is why it was never recommended for business purposes. To overcome and suppress all these concerns, Microsoft has been continuously working since then to provide a more secure web browser, from a business perspective.
As business operations started to migrate on the internet with emerging technologies like Cloud computing and web applications, the selection of web browser became a serious concern for businesses. To claim its utility in the business world, Microsoft has to exercise a number of changes in it IE product to make it suitable for business requirements. With years of research and study from a corporate point of view, Microsoft introduced its generic product of web browser, IE 10 in August 2012 for Windows 8 and announced its stable version for Windows 7 as well, on 26th February 2013.
Some of the features released with this version, for business utility are:
- Modern standards support: Modern day web applications are based on new standards and protocols due to the increasing demands of these protocols for efficient web apps. To deploy these apps inside the corporate environment, selection of IE 10 is an intelligent step. With improved security and support for modern standards like HTML, CSS3 etc., IE 10 is a complete solution in such a situation. Businesses need not depend on different web browsers for their requirements and can perform all their operations from a single browser window.
- Safe: IE 10 is included with advanced security features like SmartScreen filter which helps in protecting against online phishing attacks, fraud and malicious websites. During the testing phase of new browser, IE 10 was able to block about 99% of malware, which is much higher than other browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. To boost the level of security, a feature called 'Do Not Track' is also included which can secure a corporate network by securing the communication between the company server and website.
- Touch-enabled: Now is the time for touch devices like smart-phones and tablets as business conditions are evolving in terms of productivity and efficiency. To assist the modern workforce to perform all their business operations from their mobile device, the compatibility of browser with the device is necessary. IE 10 supports the touch input interface and hence is an all-in-one solution for different requirements like security, compatibility.
- Hardware Accelerated: IE 10 is a hardware accelerated program which computes different instructions using the system hardware than the software. Hardware acceleration processes the instruction faster as compared to software accelerated programs and is used in different context like graphic processing using GPU. This allows projecting more fluidity in the graphics of the web browser and hence, enhances the user experience with app like performance for web apps and websites.
These features support the business priorities of a company in order to save cost and time and confirm the utility of IE 10 as a great choice for businesses.