Junior IE 7 released for testers

Microsoft has released a new beta 2 version of its much-anticipated Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE 7) browser to developers and IT professionals for testing.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  February 1, 2006

Microsoft has released a new beta 2 version of its much-anticipated Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE 7) browser to developers and IT professionals for testing. “The big update is that it's public,” announced Margaret Cobb, Microsoft’s group product manager for Internet Explorer, as reported by News.com. “All previous releases were limited.” Similar to AOL’s Netscape 8.1 – officially launched last week – Microsoft’s latest browser offers a new user interface, tabbed browsing, support for RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds and a new phishing filter to help protect users from ‘spoofed’ or copycat websites. However, IE 7 presently doesn’t include a blacklist of known phishing sites – a feature that is offered by Netscape 8.1. One main feature that separates IE 7 from Netscape and Firefox is that it now offers Quick Tabbing. This means IE users can now view all tabs in a subset titled into one window. The preview version includes a new Security Socket Layer (SSL) as well, which aims to help users determine whether or not a particular web transaction is safe or not. A new search toolbar (similar to Firefox) has also been added. This lets users perform searches using a number of search engines including Google, MSN Search and Yahoo. On the print front, the browser can automatically shrink text in order to fit all web page content into a final print out. Users can also adjust margins, customise page layouts and insert or remove headers and footers. Although the new browser is feature-rich, users who wish to test the new browser must be using Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed. The firm is currently offering the beta 2 preview at www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx. The final version of IE 7 is expected to be officially launched to coincide with the next release of Windows Vista; in order words towards the end of this year.

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