IE7 beta 2 goes public

IE7 beta 2 goes public

Summary: Internet Explorer for XP SP2 beta 2 is now out in the wild for the universe to bang on. The official launch will be sometime later this year along with Windows Vista.

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ie7logo.jpgInternet Explorer for XP SP2 beta 2 is now out in the wild for the universe to bang on. The official launch will be sometime later this year along with Windows Vista. We have a review by Rob Vamosi detailing the new features, such as tabs, RSS integration and improved security. It's still buggy, of course, and not ready for the masses yet. The RSS, printing and tabs are nicely done based on my early experience with the beta.

Here's the feature list from Microsoft:

 

Dynamic Security Protection

ActiveX Opt-in
Security Status Bar
Phishing Filter
Delete Browsing History
Address Bar Protection
URL Handling Security
Fix My Settings
Add-ons Disabled Mode

Protected Mode (Vista only)
Parental Controls (Vista only)

Makes Everyday Tasks Easier

Simplified User Experience
Advanced Printing
Toolbar Search Box
Favorites Center
Tabbed Browsing
Quick Tabs
Tab Groups
RSS Feeds
Page Zoom

Improved Platform and Manageability

CSS Improvements
Alpha Channel in PNG
Group Policy Improvements
Improved AJAX Support
Open Search Extensions
RSS Platform
Application Compatibility Toolkit
Internet Explorer Administration Kit

Topic: Windows

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  • Dirty browser

    I was download IE 7 some time ago. It's a copy of parts from normal browsers. It's not browser. It's terrible!
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    griphel
  • Question?

    I would like to know, if I download this beta version....would it replace my IE6? I wouldn't want to lose my IE6 if I don't like the beta version.
    Could you answer this question for me before I download IE7 beta?

    Russ
    rdeastham
  • Grain of salt....

    For me, I'm taking this with a grain of salt... I am happy that MS is adding the Tab-browsing feature, but I'm still happy with Firefox (which already has this feature and an extention to download to make it more felxable)...

    But I'm not smashing MS. I know I'll upgrade to it, just that I'm still keeping Firefox as my default browser... I just like it better. ;)
    qix77@...
  • Please correct your headline

    This is not IE 7 beta 2, it's a *preview* of IE 7 beta 2. The official beta 2 is still forthcoming.
    PB_z