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Microsoft makes IE7 available to all

Microsoft makes IE7 available to all

Could Microsoft be wanting to beat back market share away from Firefox? You betcha.

Last year, Microsoft finally released a new web browser into Internet wilderness. It had been, what some might say, far too long since the last iteration of Internet Explorer was released and alternative browsers such as Opera and Firefox were quickly gaining ground. The new version brought about tabbed browsing and phishing filters but was only available to people that had a genuine copy of Windows XP - until now that is.

"Because Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, we’re updating the IE7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users. With today’s “Installation and Availability Update,” Internet Explorer 7 installation will no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and will be available to all Windows XP users," said Steve Reynolds, IE7 Program Manager, on the IE7 blog.

"If you are not already running IE7, you can get it now from the Internet Explorer home page on Microsoft.com, get a customized version from a third-party site, or, if you haven’t already received it via Automatic Updates, this version will be delivered to you as we described previously. If you are already running IE7, you will not be offered IE7 again by Automatic Updates."

While this may seem good for Microsoft in the press, it's unlikely that anyone that has been using an alternative browser on an unlicensed copy of Windows will convert back. It may be just a case of IE7 being "too little, too late" with the only option for redemption being a new browser build that fixes known errors and improves tremendously on the current version.

With that said though, some other tweaks have been made to this release. Notably, the menu bar will be visible by default and a new MSI installer for IT administrators has been included.

Think you'll switch back to Internet Explorer now or will you keep using Firefox or Opera? Let us know over in the forums.

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yakyb 8th October 2007, 13:02 Quote
opera Mouse Gestures are simply the best feature of all browsers
Delphium 8th October 2007, 13:15 Quote
Fox of the fire, FTW!!!
IE7 can go get purged!
<A88> 8th October 2007, 13:16 Quote
IE7+IE7Pro gets the job done for me. Used to be an Opera user but this works fine to be honest...IE7Pro includes most of the things I liked about Opera (including mouse gestures).

<A88>
jeff_vs 8th October 2007, 13:32 Quote
IE7 is STILL not fully W3C compliant. I have developed a few pages recently, and IE7 SUCKS when it comes to CSS.

Firefox all the way.
proxess 8th October 2007, 14:55 Quote
Firefox + bunch of plugins beats everything out there.
severedhead 8th October 2007, 14:56 Quote
This confuses me somewhat, why do this? Surely all this shows is "don't bother buying Windows as one day we will give updates to you anyway".
E.E.L. Ambiense 8th October 2007, 14:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeff_vs
IE7 is STILL not fully W3C compliant. I have developed a few pages recently, and IE7 SUCKS when it comes to CSS.

Firefox all the way.

QFT.
Nestea_Zen 8th October 2007, 15:11 Quote
Still if most people use iexplore then you'll have to make the site IE7 compliant, somehow.
The 'Security Zone Model' is still a joke and why do you need ActiveX anyway. Most people click and have clicked on any box popped out stating 'you need this .... to proceed'. Mostly found on warez and p0rn sites but who cares, I want the content. The zones have been restricted by microsoft, this just helps a little bit.

Firefox 2... memory eater, but... who cares :). iexplore starts faster and I don't know how well it handles 36 tabs though needless to say: I surf with FF. (No experience with Opera, Safari.)
Sam0r 8th October 2007, 15:18 Quote
I don't understand this..

I've been using IE7 on XP for months.
Jamie 8th October 2007, 15:20 Quote
I'm waiting for the OSX version of IE7 still
Sam0r 8th October 2007, 15:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
I'm waiting for the OSX version of IE7 still

You'll be waiting for a very very very long time!
Delphium 8th October 2007, 15:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
I'm waiting for the OSX version of IE7 still

Why take a nice OS then taint it with IE7?!! You sadistic ho! :D
Nestea_Zen 8th October 2007, 18:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
I'm waiting for the OSX version of IE7 still
lol this is for now the statement of the month but we're still at october 8, so way to go.


Sam0r
>>I don't understand this..
>>I've been using IE7 on XP for months.
What is that supposed to mean? Is this a comment to my post?
Sam0r 8th October 2007, 18:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nestea_Zen
lol this is for now the statement of the month but we're still at october 8, so way to go.


Sam0r
>>I don't understand this..
>>I've been using IE7 on XP for months.
What is that supposed to mean? Is this a comment to my post?

No, its a comment directed at the article. IE7 came through windows update (And was available to download from MS's site) almost a year ago. I can't see how this is news, unless I'm missing something huge?

Edit: Ahh, they took out WGA validation, still not really anything to shout about seeing as everyone should have a legit version of windows anyway..
completemadness 8th October 2007, 18:52 Quote
and it was hardly rocket science if WGA put up a fuss

I wonder if they could use this to see people who dont have legit copys, if everyone suddenly downloads IE7 there is going to be a big spike :p
Jamie 8th October 2007, 18:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphium
Why take a nice OS then taint it with IE7?!! You sadistic ho! :D

Simple answer, testing browser compatibility without the need for bootcamp or parallels.
Delphium 8th October 2007, 19:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
Simple answer, testing browser compatibility without the need for bootcamp or parallels.

Valid, fair enough.
Nestea_Zen 8th October 2007, 19:48 Quote
Jamie
Mmmm of course yes. of course. :D
I doubt it will come out, like Sam0r already wrote.
Since IE5 has been withdrawn there was no news about IE for Mac.

I wonder how many people are using IE6 on a legit windows xp copy.
[USRF]Obiwan 9th October 2007, 10:39 Quote
Releaseds for ALL but ONLY for w2k3, xp and vista.

What a joke..
jezmck 10th October 2007, 13:46 Quote
care to clarify that [USRF]Obiwan?
dr_bowtie 11th October 2007, 16:04 Quote
I like IE7...after using 6 for so long it's a step up...

you have to remember 95% of the MS users are the general public and thats what they use...only you guys that know better use something else...

I have been using IE since my 1st build back in 98se days and I havent ever had any issues...being keen on safe surfing is a big help plus the AV stuff....

The people who get infected fron the net are the ones usually chartering into unsafe areas or just the kind of people who just click...next, next, next , next......you get the point...
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