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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Internet Explorer 7 Public Beta

This week Microsoft has made the beta of their next version of Internet Explorer available to the public.  Software is getting so complex the only way to really find the bugs is to make it available and call it a preview. I’m not including a link to the beta because I don’t advocate the average person download beta versions of any software that could make this big of an impact on their system.  Some of you may recall Microsoft admitted in court that Internet Explorer was integrated so deeply into Windows it couldn’t be separated. If you’re a die hard, early adopter I’m sure there is a link to the beta/preview in one of the following links. 
For a summary of new features you can watch a video demonstration at CNet’s

If you want an explanation of a “Beta Preview” and if you should participate check out the MSDN IEBlog.

If you still decide to install IE 7’s public beta be sure to read Installation tips for the IE7 Beta Preview created by Microsoft MVP Sandi Hardmeier on her Blog Spyware Sucks.

Update: 2/2/2006
From CNet News, Joris Evers reports IE 7 Bugs Abound
Even more warnings from Molly Wood who says, IE 7: too little, too soon?


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up :)

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to thank you as well for the warning. I was aware about the pitfalls of Beta versions, it never hurts to get a reminder.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
This may help. I found it while aligning the cartradifes on my HP deskjet 3650 printer

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't trust Microsoft for a second. Their just as bad as the next guy. Do you actually think they don't know about all these so-called vulnerabilities in their software?
Did you ever stop to think what they actually look at inside your computer.
It's like letting someone scan your computer for "SpyWare". You know, one of those web sites that offer you a "free" security or spyware scan. Nine times out of ten, It's them who put the crap on your system to begin with.
Microsoft is just as bad. These people know when you dot your I's and cross your T's. And IE is just another way for them to get inside your system. Thats why I have three computers. So I can keep my private
sh*t private...

Try FireFox, It's a really good browser and gives you alot more control of who gets in and what gets out..

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another Firefox user. Its going to take a huge leap in operatbility before I move back to IE.

12:47 AM  
Blogger The Western Island said...

Hey! IE7 ain't so bad. It just goes down with some regularity...'We're sorry but Inter*net Exp*lorer must close now...' The favorites management is improved somewhat but not nearly as easy to use as Firefox. The tabbed browsing is fine, though lacking a few nifty tricks. MS software innovation sometimes seems dominated by marketing considerations: don't improve it unless competition forces the issue. Don't fix it unless you get caught. Ignore the laws of foreign nations until Uncle Bill G. is refused entry to his favorite ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Personally, I like him - he's a Harvard man. He gives away hundreds of millions of dollars to worthy causes each year (tax deductible). And look, he personally is dragging us luddites kicking and screaming into the 21st century. What more could you ask from a tycoon? His company struggles to fight off competition from Apple, Linux, Google - Why! they have five percent of the market. He's worried. Let's be charitable to Micro*soft.

1:22 PM  

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