With the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, The Internet Explorer team has stepped up and has released Internet Explorer 10 Preview 5. The UI of the browser has been heavily redesigned and now supports the Metro interface. There is a separate Metro mode of IE10 which is lightweight and will run the browser without the support for any plugins like Java or Flash and hence will be faster.
According to the IEBlog:
With IE10 in Windows 8, we reimagined the browser. We designed and built IE10 to be the best way to experience the Web on Windows. Consumers can now enjoy more touch-friendly and beautiful, fast and fluid Web applications with the updated IE10 engine included in the Windows Consumer Preview. This fifth Platform Preview of IE10 delivers improved performance and support for more HTML5.
If you have already tried out the previous preview of Internet Explorer 10, you will not see any major changes to the user interface except from the Metro interface. But the performance of the browser has improved a bit. Tim Schiesser at Neowin has published some very interesting Internet Explorer 10 benchmarks as compared to Google Chrome 17, Firefox 10 and Opera 11.6. All these browsers were installed on Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Here are the benchmark results:
HTML5 test: (Internet Explorer 10 Preview 5 Desktop lagging behind in HTML5 test)
FutureMark Peacekeeper test (determines the overall performance of the browser) (Internet Explorer 10 Preview 5 Desktop performs better than Firefox 10)
BetaFishIE test (determines CSS3 animation capabilities of the browser): (Internet Explorer 10 Preview 5 Desktop and Google Chrome perform the same)
These tests show that Internet Explorer 10 will certainly get a good performance enhancement when it is finally released. Unfortunately there is no download link available for Windows 7 or earlier Operating Systems. It only comes pre-installed in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. But you can go to the Microsoft IE test drive site to see the capabilities of Internet Explorer 10 Preview 5. Also see the demo of the browser in the following video: