Tuesday January 31, 2006 11:00 pm
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Released to Public
With Firefox running rampant over what used to be Microsoft’s hallowed ground - the Internet browser, the boys (and girls) at Redmond are trying to play catch-up. Today they released the newest public beta of Internet Explorer 7.0, dubbed “beta 2” (imagine that). Internet Explorer 7 promises to deliver increased security through protection against phishing and malware, tabbed browsing for easier navigation, RSS capability, improved CSS (cascading style sheets) support, and tools for deploying/managing IE7 in enterprise environments. Microsoft had taken a hiatus with the release of IE6, and had stated that there would be no new releases of Internet Explorer until Vista shipped. With Firefox rapidly eating away at their market share, Microsoft had little choice but to accelerate their browser development time frame. So, if you’re a loyal IE user, or just curious, get your groove on by downloading the latest beta, but keep in mind that it’s only compatible with Windows XP running SP2.
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