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With a slick, new interface; Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) boasts new developer tools and support for WebGL, including improved scaling for increasingly common high DPI monitors. This browser is faster and safer than its predecessors.
Technical reviews of Internet Explorer for Windows 7 placed it above both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and has been praised as finally being as fast as Chrome. Another highlight is IE11's ability to use multiple tabs yet less memory, when compared to its two big competitors.
Microsoft Edge is Microsoft's new web browser, designed to replace Internet Explorer in time. For now, it's the default browser for Windows 10, yet IE11 remains the 'flagship' browser in terms of flexibility. Edge, however, has great security and load times when compared to IE11; it's a case of customisability compared to performance.
Since the release of Windows 10, people have been wondering whether Internet Explorer for Windows 7 is the right path to take. In short, Microsoft's newest rendition of Internet Explorer will run fine on Windows 7; provided that you have the SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 updates installed.
Whilst Safari is the default web browser for Macs running MacOS, users with a penchant for Windows will be happy to hear that Internet Explorer 11 will also run on Macs. The key is an app called ModernIE from Microsoft, which is an 'always-latest' version of Internet Explorer for Mac.
Internet Explorer 11 is Microsoft's most up-to-date Internet Explorer. Judging from the life and support cycles of its predecessors, Internet Explorer 11 is likely to be supported for at least another decade - and will run parallel to Microsoft Edge, rather than in competition.
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is a very safe platform, provided that the user stays current with updates on both the web browser and the operating system.
Most users will be familiar with Internet Explorer's protected mode. Enhanced protected mode is a heightened version of this, designed to refuse hacker entry rather than just stave off viruses and malware. Enhanced protected mode can be turned on and off via command prompts, when visiting individual websites.
Compatibility mode/view is a setting which renders web pages in 'Quirks mode' - a simulation of the page as viewed in IE7. In IE11, this can be switched on via the gears icon.
Like compatibility mode, enterprise mode allows the user to simulate their rendering of a webpage as if they were viewing in IE7 or IE8. Enterprise mode gives greater flexibility than compatibility mode.