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Microsoft puts the finishing touches on its latest browser

In the battle of Firefox versus Internet Explorer 6.x, there was really no comparison. Firefox's tabbed browsing, perceived advantages in security and extensive extensions support -- not to mention the fact that it wasn't a Microsoft product -- have played a role in guaranteeing Firefox's success. It's a totally different ball game, however, with Internet Explorer 7.0.

Internet Explorer 7.0 adds many of the features that is has been lacking in comparison to Firefox including tabbed browsing, an improved printing engine, integrated anti-phishing technology, RSS support and beefed up security. Disappointingly, there’s still no centralized extension system with Internet Explorer 7.0. According to Scott Graff, Microsoft program manager for IE7 Compatibility, the browser will be released this month:

The final release of IE7 is fast approaching … and I mean really fast … and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it’s available for download. We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there. Compatibility with sites, extensions and applications has been a very high priority for us as we develop new features, enhance the existing features and move the platform forward to be more secure and standards compliant.  We are continually listening to feedback from our customers, partners and leaders in the industry to resolve major compatibility issues to ensure our common customers have a great experience with IE7.

Firefox 2.0 RC2 was released this past Friday, while RC3 is expected sometime next week. The Mozilla Foundation isn't expected to release the final version of Firefox 2.0 to the public until November.

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By ObscureCaucasian on 10/10/2006 10:22:06 AM , Rating: 2
Great to see it has an integrated "ant-phishing" system.

RE: Typo
By allnighter on 10/10/2006 11:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
That alone is what is taking me back to IE. This week!

RE: Typo
By Kuroyama on 10/10/2006 12:04:28 PM , Rating: 1
The current release candidate of Firefox 2.0 also has anti-phishing, so there's no need to go back to IE when all you need is a more up to date version of Firefox.

RE: Typo
By sxr7171 on 10/11/2006 5:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but seriously you have to be quite the internet noob to be fooled by a phishing site.

It is nice for most people though (the non-dailytech/Anandtech reading crowd), but I wouldn't want the overhead myself and I would disable it.

RE: Typo
By EtherDreams on 10/10/2006 3:16:19 PM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind that the anti phishing feature works by sending URLs to Microsoft. There is supposed to be a list of "known safe sites" but that list seems to be quite small. Above and beyond the general privacy issue there is the issue of URL and path params being sent. URL params are supposed to be stripped but I've seen at least one report that suggest they aren't always. No attempt is made to strip path params AFAIK. So it might be wise to either not use the phishing filter (open URLs to banking sites, etc from password managers or bookmarks or what have you) or use it in manual mode only (turn off automatic checks).

RE: Typo
By splines on 10/10/2006 8:50:32 PM , Rating: 3
Do you get the impression people didn't read the post properly?

I for one welcome out new ant overlords..

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