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Microsoft makes its IE7 browser available to a wider audience

In a surprise move, Microsoft has issued a new build of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) to customers that can be installed on any machine running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 -- IE7 is already included in Windows Vista operating systems.

IE7 was previously reserved for customers using genuine copies of Windows-based operating systems and was protected by Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation software.

"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," remarked IE7 program manager Steve Reynolds on the IE Blog. "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."

Microsoft is likely using this move to makes IE7 available to the broadest range of customers worldwide. Mozilla's Firefox browser has gained a lot of traction recently, and this move would give Microsoft some additional ammunition.

In addition to the removal of WGA, the latest version of IE7 brings updates to the menu bar, online tour and a new MSI installer for IT administrators.

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RE: Is it enough?
By jconan on 10/5/2007 7:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
Ad Block plus is quite weak without noscript. Noscript stops just about anything in its track and IE7 doesn't have this plugin.

RE: Is it enough?
By Ringold on 10/5/2007 8:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
That's probably a good thing.

I know we all want everything for free, and will steal anything digital that isn't free if we want it, but something tells me DT doesn't provide this service and this forum for free. Servers don't run on big smiles and warm hearts.

RE: Is it enough?
By jtesoro on 10/5/2007 9:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
I don't block the ads right now, but what annoys me is that a lot of the slowdowns I experience while browsing are I think related to those ads. Typically when things slow down I notice the browser trying to get to tribalfusion or adserve or some other ad site like that. It's during these times that I'm really tempted to get adblock. If they want to reduce the chance of this happening, they'd better scale up capacity somewhere.

RE: Is it enough?
By drebo on 10/6/2007 10:40:18 AM , Rating: 2
IE most certainly does have these features. They're available via third party applications, albeit, but they're out there and they work beautifully.

Case in point: I've not seen a single popup or inpage web advertisement since I started using Symantec Client Securities 5 years ago. In fact, I can dictate to the subxdomain(meaning as many subdomains down as I need to) level whether or not I want to be able to see animated GIFs, it's that granular.

But, whatever. To each his own. I prefer not to have to spend hours configuring my web browser and installing "plugins" in order to have a passable experience.

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