IE7 on a 66 MHz 486? MS says it's a cut-n-paste error.

IE7 on a 66 MHz 486? MS says it's a cut-n-paste error.

Summary: Yesterday, ZDNet reader Bruce Arnold received an email from Microsoft regarding the most recently issued beta version of Internet Explorer 7.  Arnold forwarded a copy to ZDNet wondering whether the system requirements portion of the email could actually be so.

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Yesterday, ZDNet reader Bruce Arnold received an email from Microsoft regarding the most recently issued beta version of Internet Explorer 7.  Arnold forwarded a copy to ZDNet wondering whether the system requirements portion of the email could actually be so.  According to the email and to the correpsonding Web page on Microsoft's site (cropped screen shot pictured below), users who wanted to try IE7 could get by with a 66 MHz 486-class processsor and 32MB of RAM. 

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Meanwhile, it also needs Windows XP SP2 which by itself would choke to death on such paltry resources. So, I checked with Microsoft Internet Plaforms and Security marketing director Gary Schare. Via email Schare wrote:

The people building the new IE7 web site grabbed the IE6 system requirements because IE7 has the same requirements as IE6 when running on XP SP2. But IE6 also ran on some older versions of Windows with lower system requirements. So the IE6 system requirements page reflected the “true minimum” which was a 486 CPU with 32MB of RAM....We are updating the IE7 system requirements page tonight. It will reflect the XP SP2 requirements from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/sysreqs.mspx.

But, when I checked the system requirements Web page this morning (at 9:30AM ET), it was still showing "486/66."

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  • Cut & Paste Errors

    I wonder how many other errors were cut & pasted from IE6 to IE7......
    Erik Engbrecht
    • Touche'

      :)
      Roger Ramjet
    • Ha ha ha... that's funny...

      :P

      Yeah, I wonder the same... "oops, our developers just cut and pasted some code from IE6"...
      MV_z
  • Now I have to dig out my 486.

    I want to load Windows XP Pro SP2 on it just to see what she will do. I can't remember if it even had a CD Rom.
    nucrash
    • Should if it was a

      486 D66! ]:)
      Linux User 147560
    • Should if it was a

      Oops should be 486 D[B]X[/B]66! ]:)
      Linux User 147560
  • Looks like it was fixed within a few hours

    The text is correct as of about 6:00 PM Eastern time. So sometime during the working day today, it got fixed.
    Ed Bott