Internet Explorer 7 Final Released!
Internet Explorer has been on the Microsoft backburner for a while in terms of actually releasing a new version of the software. However, that is not to say that Microsoft hasn’t been releasing security updates and service packs for Internet Explorer 6 for the past 3-4 years since it was released with the launch of Windows XP.
The Windows Internet Explorer 7 has been in testing for a while; it has gone through the stages of Beta and Release Candidate for the past couple of months now. But finally, it has come out of testing and the final version is here! IE7 is an upgrade to the old IE6 with a few new features such as tabbed browsing, built-in anti-phishing tool, a streamlined GUI and most importantly, enhanced security.
For those of you who have been using other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc. you will notice a few similarities between the new IE7 and your other browsers, a noteable feature of which is the tabbed-browsing. Currently, IE7’s system requirements only show Windows XP SP2, Windows 2003 SP1 and Windows XP-64. You can manually download IE7 from the Internet Explorer download site or wait until the beginning of November when it should be available via Windows Update. When Windows Vista comes out of testing and goes commercial IE7 will be preinstalled and may have some exclusive features.
So far I don’t have any problems using the new IE7 although some websites that have specific browser requirements will choke up an incompatibility report, which by no means restricts browsing. I am also glad that the Flash and Shockwave plugins have been sorted out for the new browser and the new Java plugin also works with it. I still have to find any other problems, which I hope Microsoft will be able to patch soon as more users adopt the browser.
However, this does not mean that I will be ditching my trusty Mozilla Firefox! It is still my favourite web browser. Let’s hope IE7 is able to step up to the bar.