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Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 3 released

Microsoft has released another beta build of Internet Explorer 7.0 for users to try out. For those of you who haven't been keeping up with the development of IE7, this latest update includes tabbed browsing, integrated RSS feeds, increased security and enhances printing capabilities.

Build 7.0.5450.4 allows users to reorder tabs by dragging them left or right, enables horizontal scrolling while zooming, allows users to update RSS feeds automatically, disables DHTML scriptlets and ActiveX controls by default and also removes support for DirectAnimation. Extension support has also been added, and a few extentions are available now.

Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 3 is available for download for Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003.  The previous update, Beta 2, was released in late April.

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By shabby on 7/3/2006 10:22:05 PM , Rating: 3
No extensions, no deal. I dont know how i could ever use a browser that doesnt have adblock, every picture/flash/crap i could block. I cant live without it.

RE: ...
By MrCoyote on 7/4/2006 1:03:17 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget NoScript for Firefox. This goes great with Adblock and Flashblock. NoScript gets rid of all those pesky ads and scripts that Adblock misses. Here on Anandtech, I see no ads whatsoever, and that's how it should be for the whole internet. It's enough that radio has 30 minutes of ads every hour, and TV the same. I just quit listening to radio as I can't stand ads.

RE: ...
By Bonrock on 7/4/2006 2:07:25 AM , Rating: 5
I dislike ads as much as the next person, but how do you expect the people running the web sites you visit to make a living? Would you rather pay for a subscription to those web sites than have a few ads on your screen? If not, you're basically saying the people who run your favorite web sites should work for free.

RE: ...
By Zirconium on 7/4/2006 10:25:29 AM , Rating: 1
Actually, he is saying, "Let the people who don't know jack about computers look at the ads." Not everyone will know about these things, so the ad revenue is not going to go down fast. Furthermore, I really never click on the ads on these sites anyway, unless I am buying something, in which case I will click on the link to Newegg/ZipZoomFly/Other Retailer on Anandtech or HardOCP or whatever and buy my stuff then. Other than that, those ads are just a nuisance.

RE: ...
By xsilver on 7/4/2006 10:41:28 AM , Rating: 1
lol yes - when i visit AT or DT on another PC that doesnt have adblock I make it my buisness to click on the ads just so they can have a few cents on me :)
doesnt happen very often and its often surprising as to the number of ads that there are

but otherwise adblock and bugmenot are the 2 extentions i couldnt live without

IE7 Beta 3
By kibets on 7/3/2006 10:27:39 PM , Rating: 1
I was lovin IE7 beta 2 but for some reason beta 3 doesn't run on my over the counter Dell Dimension 9100.

Too bad cause I loved Beta 2. Now I have had to revert to IE6.

RE: IE7 Beta 3
By Scott66 on 7/3/2006 10:39:50 PM , Rating: 1
Give Firefox or Operat a try. You will see what IE7 is trying to become.

RE: IE7 Beta 3
By Scott66 on 7/3/2006 10:40:52 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry, operat should be opera

RE: IE7 Beta 3
By Xavian on 7/3/2006 11:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
110% agree, those who use IE7 should give FF or Opera a try, extensions alone makes FF worth it

(adblock is a lifesaver, downloadwith is great for streaming movies and music directly from the source in your favourite media player and IE View lite is great for viewing pages that dont work with a standards compliant browser).

RE: IE7 Beta 3
By Cygni on 7/4/2006 4:01:19 AM , Rating: 2
Not to interrupt this circlejerk, but as someone who has used mozilla/firefox practically exclusivly for well over 6 years now, i can conclusivly say that there is PLENTY of room for improvement. Discounting future IE releases is a dumb thing to do... just like counting out the original IE was a dumb thing to do when it was facing Netscape.

CSS Support
By proamerica on 7/3/2006 11:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
The CSS support is still broken. How can both Firefox and Opera maintain full support for CSS but MS and all their billions can't make a simple web browser work properly???? ITS VERY ANNOYING.

RE: CSS Support
By smitty3268 on 7/4/2006 12:32:38 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, Firefox and Opera both worked on CSS for years. MS is trying to add a ton of support in a much smaller amount of time. What's really unfortunate is that they still won't have caught up when IE7 is released. Maybe 8 will be more on par?

RE: CSS Support
By wien on 7/4/2006 9:15:54 AM , Rating: 2
MSIE was one of the first browsers out with CSS1 support. They were in fact so early they adopted a standard draft for their first implementation. Since then of course, the standard changed and released, but MS has done little to change their implementation to reflect the standard. (Not nearly enough anyway.) And forget about newer standards like CSS2 & CSS3.

So it's not that the others have a head start, it's that MS just can't be arsed to do anything to their browser because they have most of the userbase in the palm of their hands anyway. Besides, their users don't care about standards, so why should they put time into improving something their users don't care about?

The only way we can do anything about this, is getting *most* people over on alternative browsers, and for web-developers to just start saying "screw IE" and code their pages to the standard instead of IE quirk mode. That will eventually take care of the remaining IE users as well, as most sites would then render horribly, horribly wrong for them, forcing them to switch.

How do you pay for Websites?
By jmunjr on 7/4/2006 1:22:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ok so some of you block ads and think the Web should be ad-free. Please explain how many of us should pay for these sites that take thousands of hours a year to build and maintain? Advertising is one effective method. If you don't like the ads in the site then leave. Complaining about them here is not going to help your grief. Hopefully some of these sites will figure out how to display advertisements that bypass any ad blockers. It really isn't that difficult.

By Bluestealth on 7/4/2006 1:28:16 AM , Rating: 2
Well there are two ways of blocking the ads, blocking them from downloading at all, or covering them up after they are downloaded, adblock gives you both of these options. Personally I have no problems with ads, as long as they dont cover up my screen, or are animated(Death to flash ads!).

By Wwhat on 7/4/2006 12:54:59 PM , Rating: 1
Why do people even try IE7? it's IE with all its pitfalls and pains still.
I wonder if someone put up a site with the latest virusses people would download them and 'try' them too..

RE: Why
By Sunday Ironfoot on 7/4/2006 4:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
But you don't, but, but.....bah! There's no point in even responding to such an ignorant comment!

By AppaYipYip on 7/3/2006 11:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
I love how when I try to install the Beta, it tells me it can't because it found a previous install. It then tells me to remove it from my Add/Remove list. I do this and it still tells me that it can't install because a previous install is detected.

By neothe0ne on 7/4/2006 5:29:57 AM , Rating: 2
I've tried to install IE7 B2 and B3 multiple times to no avail. Everytime my installation fails and can't complete.

I've also tried installing IE6 on a new computer without IE6 on the Windows (2000) CD, but to no avail as well. Either Microsoft's installers suck, or something's blocking IE setup without reporting any blocking.

IE vs. M(g)ozilla
By kitchme on 7/4/2006 8:57:22 AM , Rating: 2
I've gotten so used to Firefox that I couldn't imagine anything else. Every now and then, I have to fire up explorer as the page otherwise won't behave. I haven't tried IE7 yet, but I'm afraid that it needs alot of catching up to do from the previous version in order for me to make that switch again. But, I'm afraid, I'd be missing too many extensions.

IE7s not bad you know!
By Sunday Ironfoot on 7/4/2006 9:54:15 AM , Rating: 2
I've used FireFox in my XP installation exclusively for about 2 years now, and I've after trying IE7 on Vista Beta I have to say there's a lot of cool stuff that FF simply doesn't have. Such as much better support and management for RSS feeds, Quick Preview tabs and Anti-phishing blocker.

It can save all your tabs when you close the browser down and open them back up again when you next launch IE7, even after a restart. So if you have to shut your PC down in a hurry and have loads of tabs open for pages you're still reading, you come come back to them later.

Also you can set multiple home pages which all open up in tabs when you launch IE7.

There's some other good points I've probably missed. IE7 does have support for addons, but they're nothing like FireFox at the moment, I do agree that FF's addons rock!

IE7, I don't like it
By derdon on 7/4/2006 10:08:13 AM , Rating: 2
I absolutely dislike the new IE7, I installed beta2 when it came out and have used it a little bit. I dislike all of those new security features.
I built a little personal homepage that resides on my disk, with some links and also wrote some javascripts that calculates the day of the year and stuff. Everytime I open IE7, it says that this is dangerous scripting and doesn't execute it until I tell it to do so. Everytime!! This is tedious. And I don't know how to tell it that this script is okay. There's no easy way of doing so. *Bloop* ROOAARR

Also the menu is missing and the whole thing looks strange, discomforting and confusing. The buttons are in totally awkward places. The theme is ugly, resulting in the ugliest back and forward buttons I have ever seen (plugged together and in the top corner).

The favorites can be sorted in the favorites manager, but the link bar doesn't care about that.

There is no easy telling which search machine is currently selected by just looking at the box.

On the plus side you can quickly magnify the page you're viewing (quite handy on those hires 15.4" notebook displays).

I just use it for online banking, since they either need java (which I deactivated in Firefox) or put some other strange errors.

I am a Firefox user since 0.6 beta and I think it's still the best browser out there. I am not in love with all these security features that get added and make browsing really uncomfortable for experienced users. Sure they're great for novice, but then I guess they get more confused by all that stuff that doesn't work and requires user interaction. If you dislike Firefox, I think even Opera is better than IE7.

Well, let's look at beta3, though I've little hope.

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