Monday, March 06, 2006

Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2

Microsoft is making available for download, the Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview. This is the latest version of I.E. 7, and its for Windows XP SP2 only. If you're running an earlier version of the OS, you're out of luck.

Before you download this software, realize its Beta which means that its not the released version. This means use it at your own risk, Microsoft makes no guaranteess, that you will not have compatibility problems.

This Beta is primarily meant for I.T. professionals and web developers to test their web site and applications against the new browser. Although, if you want to check it out for yourself I don't believe there are any restrictions against it.

Some of the new improvements in the browser include: security protection, redesigned user interface, and development platform. Below is a high level list of some of the major new features:
  • Phishing Filter (reports if a web site is not who it really is)
  • RSS Reader (allows you to read RSS feeds in the browser)
  • Tabbed browsing (open multiple web pages in a single window)
  • Toolbar search box (quickly search from the toolbar)
  • Advanced printing (optimized web page printing)
  • Security Status Bar (displays different colors in the status bar to notify you how safe the web site might be)
  • Privacy Cleaner (quickly deletes your browser cache, cookies, and other data that might contain personal information)
  • And much more...
For a quick tour of IE7, check out the following demo.

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