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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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RE: i just hope that
By mgambrell on 10/10/2006 11:47:10 AM , Rating: 2
Just a technical note.. theres nothing 'emulated' about 32bit apps in x64. 64bit cpus know how to run 32bit code if the OS sets up the process correctly.

RE: i just hope that
By finalfan on 10/10/2006 1:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
All activeX controls are 32bit and they are supposed to run in the same process of the IE. However, the x64 IE is 64bit, there is no way the 32bit activeX control can run in a 64bit process.

RE: i just hope that
By Illy on 10/10/2006 1:34:17 PM , Rating: 2
While that's TECHNICALLY true, it's not how it works in Windows. Windows x64 uses the WoW64 (Windows on Windows) emulation layer to run 32-bit apps, just like Windows 95 used the original WoW to run 16-bit apps. This emulation layer is very effiecent, but it does still add a small amount of overhead to 32-bit apps.

RE: i just hope that
By aGreenAgent on 10/10/2006 1:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, in a 64 bit system, all 32-bit programs are denoted with a *32. So I'm going to go ahead and assume that the OS sets up the stack and everything differently than it would for a 64-bit app to deal with the 32-bits (32 bit pointers, etc). Whether or not you consider that emulation is a different story.

RE: i just hope that
By mgambrell on 10/10/2006 3:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
Alright guys, touche. I guess you could say that wow64 is emulating a win32 environment for the 32bit processes.

One one hand, you have some little compatibility hacks and then on the other the entire emulated environment. wow64 lies in the middle.

On one hand, you have the machine instructions being interpreted in software and then on the other being interpreted natively by the cpu. 32bit on x64 lies firmly in the latter.

I guess my point was not that theres "nothing emulated about it" but that its somewhat complicated and the mere unqualified label "emulated" carries negative connotations which I do not feel can be justly applied to wow64, as it does an exquisite job.

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