Many of us in the tech world use Chrome or Firefox most of the time and we tend to forget that the vast majority of people still use Internet Explorer, largely because it simply comes with Windows. Earlier this week Microsoft finally rolled out IE 10 to Windows 7 users -- something Windows 8 customers have had since launch back in October.
Less attention was paid to a special edition version that also was unveiled this week -- an Internet Explorer for Windows 7 build that is optimized for those who use Bing and MSN.
You may immediately wonder why someone would want this, but once again, I would point out that many customers use these services. Microsoft has pushed this customized IE in previous versions and, apparently, was successful enough to warrant doing it once again with version 10 of the browser.
There really is not much different in this "enhanced" version of Internet Explorer 10. The browser looks and functions just the same as the "normal" version. The only exception is that it sets Bing as your default search engine and MSN as the default home page.
While you can always download the "non-enhanced", or the regular, version of IE 10 for Windows 7 and make these changes manually, should you wish you can download this enhanced and optimized version and get the home page and search engine pre-set. If you plan to do this anyway then this will just save you a step.
While I still gravitate to Google in my everyday life, Bing is certainly a search engine worth exploring. The home page is simply beautiful and the results can be every bit as good as those of its rival, and sometimes presented in a better, cleaner way. So, if you have not yet made the jump to Windows 8 then you will at least want to upgrade to IE 10 because of the improvements and security updates.
Check out our review of the standard version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 here.
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