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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 7

Windows Internet Explorer 7 has gone gold, released in its final public version today by Microsoft.

IE7 features:

  • Better security, including no integration with Windows Explorer, blocking many ActiveX controls
  • Tabbed browsing, allowing viewing of multiple web pages in the same browser windows, and can be re-arranged by drag-and-drop on the tab bar
  • Quick Tabs, which allows viewing large thumbnails of all current tabs in a single view
  • Spoofing protection for International Domain Names in a foreign language
  • A search box, which can support a very large number of search providers
  • Per-pixel alpha channel (transparency) in PNG images
  • RSS feed reading, with the browser able to auto-discover RSS feeds, subscribe to feeds, and automatically download updates and enclosure files
  • CSS, DOM and HTML compatibility improvements
  • Improved printing, including resizing to fit the page and prevent portions from being cut off
  • Zooming in and out of web pages
  • ClearType is enabled, regardless of Windows preferences, and can be disabled seperately from the rest of the OS
  • Phishing Filter, which warns users if they are visiting a website that claims to be something it is not
  • Popups display address bar and status bar, no matter what
  • No more custom formatting of the status bar or preventing showing links that are hovered over
  • One-click history, cookies, saved form data and password deletion
  • Combined Refresh/Go button
  • Combined Back/Forward history drop-down
  • Fix My Settings warns users at startup if settings have been changed in an unsafe way, and fixes them with one click
  • Support removed for: Gopher, Telnet, Scriptlets, DirectAnimation, XBM, Channels (Active Desktop), as well as the DHTML editing control, Offline Favorites
  • No Add-ons mode to launch the browser without anything extra, especially toolbars
  • File menu is hidden by default
  • Text selection is improved

Microsoft will continue to provide consumers in North America running Internet Explorer 7 with unlimited phone support for installation and download issues at no charge until November 1, 2007. Free phone support is available in English Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT, and on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT by calling (866) 234-6020.

Ironically, the first version of IE7 to hit the internet today was the Yahoo-customized version, which makes Yahoo the default homepage and search engine, among other things.

You can download IE7 right now for Windows XP SP2, Server 2003, 64-bit versions of XP SP2 and Server 2003, and Server 2003 ia64

Internet Explorer at Wikipedia
Paul Thurrott’s review of IE7
IE7 Release Notes

October 19th, 2006 Posted by | Applications, General, Internet Explorer | 4 comments

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  1. The good part: a lot of people will receive a significantly improved browser.

    The bad part: Microsoft requires WGA validation, while they should be doing everything they can to make sure people will start using IE7. Now, I understand they want people to run paid-for versions of Windows, but I’d rather have them checking whether a user’s system is genuine completely separate from installing IE7, letting those “thieves” use IE7 as well.

    I’d be so glad if they’d just do that.

    Comment by Tim | October 19, 2006

  2. Yeah, I’d downloaded the Yahoo version, but wasn’t quite trusting enough, so I waited until it was available from Microsoft’s site. But once I got the MSFT version, I computed an md5 hash on both and they appeared to be identical. I just didn’t want a bunch of Yahoo stuff automatically added.

    Runs well enough, seems a little snappier than the Release Candidate, as far as loading web pages and opening new tabs. I’ve probably been using the betas for about 35-40% of my browsing, whereas IE6 was lucky if it got 0.5% of my browsing time.

    Hey, nice new look to the site, man!

    Comment by Stu | October 19, 2006

  3. There is a fix to RE-Enable telnet URL’s.

    Anyone that has used Ipswitches’ What’sUp software will most likely be greatful … since the default behavior of monitoring SMTP, Pop3, and other services, is to have a link that creates a “telnet” URL to that monitored device on the appropriate port.

    Its further an example of microsoft changing things that **IT** thinks people don’t need, or are not important, and then not providing easy access to information to re-enable a change they make. If there were any single reason to hate microsoft, it is for that type of reason … changing things because they believe they are right, when so many times they aren’t.

    Comment by Robert | January 2, 2007

  4. Apologies, here is that URL which is encoded with my name as well…

    Thank you to Berkeley for making a fix available and being found via Google search!!

    Comment by Robert | January 2, 2007

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