Topic: Web

Design and operation of websites

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7

Originally Internet Explorer 11 was only available for Windows 8. Recently a version for Windows 7 became available as well, which is distributed via Windows Update.

One major improvement: this version now also supports WebGL – so you can watch my little demo with the Internet Explorer as well and one can expect that WebGL will not only be used for demos in the future but also for “real” applications. The full screen mode for canvas elements is not supported yet, which is why the respective button is disabled.


From now on also supports the SPDY protocol – for this it is also neccessary to use a HTTPS connection. To test this you can use

If you use Firefox you can install the AddOn AddOn “SPDY indicator” to see if the current connection uses SPDY. Alternatively you can also use my test page for this.

Update 2015: Meanwhile the ideas of SPDY have been used for HTTP/2. Therefore I don’t offer SPDY any longer (https is still available). Also the test page had been removed.