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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 Canizorro on 10/6/2007 9:54:23 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm. I use Firefox for my browsing and IE for Netflix. Will the IE tabs work properly with the instant watching feature in Netflix? Would be great if I can keep it all to one browser.


RE: Is it enough?
By yaneurabeya on 10/6/2007 3:10:44 PM , Rating: 2
Use the IETab extension with Firefox.

Just watch out for memory leakage as IETab combined with Firefox doesn't always free up the memory after IE components exit. It may be a fault with how Windows does 'garbage collection' during execution and after execution's complete for an application.


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