Those still not sold on the idea of upgrading to Windows 8 will have to wait a bit before gaining access to Microsoft’s next generation web browser in Windows 7. The company has revealed that IE10 will be coming to Windows 7 next month (sorry, no support for Vista and earlier operating systems).

The iconic browser will first be released as a preview version in mid-November followed by a final release shortly after once the company has had time to process and implement any developer or user-requested changes.

Group Product Manager for Internet Explorer Rob Mauceri made the announcement via blog post earlier today. He pointed out that IE10 for Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers that will be found in the Windows 8 version of the browser. He highlighted the fact that the browser was built with performance and developer capabilities in mind – key traits that will also make the cut for Windows 7.

Internet Explorer 10 has been in development for some time now. It was first shown to the general public more than a year ago at the MIX web developer and designer conference. At that time, it was revealed that Microsoft was only about three weeks into the development of IE10.

The announcement has been met with mixed feelings from developers based on comments on the blog post. Many readers criticized Microsoft for not having the software finished already as they expected it to be available alongside Windows 8 on the 26th.