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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 Quiescent on 10/6/2007 2:57:13 PM , Rating: 5
1. I don't ask that question
2. Yes they do, their way is the next time you open them, they say: "Currently this is not your default browser, would you like to make this your default browser?" This can sometimes be disabled, but still.
3. No it's not. Browsers can be very picky and difficult like females. Take for instance for the fact I can't run PJIRC in Firefox without Firefox messing up.
4. Sure, you can. I agree. But you can do some brainwashing and other techniques to make anybody forget stuff.
5. So can females. Why else do they ask you if what they wear makes them look fat. I always ask my boyfriend for a bit of advice on stuff.
6. Updating doesn't always make things better. Why do you think there are websites out there for you to revert back to an older version of applications? Firefox is just one of those things where it got some real good stuff going to 2.x, but it came with some problems too.
7. Not anywhere. Imagine that you live in Israel. Or China. They're restricting their stuff. And you can't look at child porn, can you? So there is some things illegal to do. However, you could get in trouble for using a portable browser on someone else's computer.
8. Depends how you kill the browser. If you're going to be gorey, I might suggest a re-installation, else it won't work.
9. Yeah you do. You have to pay time. And time for those extra special times when your browser is being a lovely PAIN IN THE ASS.
10. Perhaps true. I have no comment. :(

RE: Is it enough?
By BrightMoon on 10/6/07, Rating: 0
RE: Is it enough?
By Quiescent on 10/6/2007 5:38:28 PM , Rating: 1
2. Yeah. I do set it to default and shut everything else off to STFU about it.
5. Oh I am sure there are females out there who would wear stuff
7. I know some one who lives in Israel who cannot access

I call that one Lynx.

RE: Is it enough?
By oab on 10/8/2007 12:28:12 AM , Rating: 2
Not being able to access in Israel has nothing to do with a browser, that filtering kind of thing is done OUTSIDE the browser.

The browser, in simplest terms, fetches a specially formatted text file from somewhere inside the "internet" (though a method which I will not get into at the moment, suffice to say it happens, though it may be stored locally), and then displays it visually on your computer monitor, according to the formatting of the textfile, which is supposed to conform to some-sort of standard on how to have the information inside it be displayed.

Having a wall between your computer and the "internet cloud" block certain connections from being made has no bearing on the browser itself. If Firefox can't access it, IE can't access it, Safari can't access it, Lynx can't access it, Konqueror can't access it, Camino can't access it, Netscape can't access it, Camino can't access it, Opera can't access it, and so on, provided that block is not being done on the website itself. And since I can access DA with Firefox in North America, it's not Firefox's fault, but that person's ISP.

RE: Is it enough?
By Screwballl on 10/7/2007 2:20:26 AM , Rating: 2
cute and sarcastic.... but if that is about YOU then you are a very rare female. A majority of females are tougher to get along with than a rabid gorilla.

I myself prefer Firefox and have no problem with my usage. If something isn't working right then I find an add-on that does do it right or keep a close eye on the next update or even try the next stable beta release. Plus in cases like this where something is malfunctioning, IE is completely useless 99.99% of the time so I only keep it installed for Windows updates.
As for legal issues, using the browser is not illegal, it is the content viewed through it that may be depending on location. When looking through a neighbors window, it is not illegal but when you become a peeping tom, then the legality changes.

Thanks for the responses all, tried to keep it fun.

RE: Is it enough?
By Ryanman on 10/7/2007 2:07:16 PM , Rating: 1
you uh.... you killed the joke. It was really funny, too.

RE: Is it enough?
By KashGarinn on 10/8/2007 4:33:58 AM , Rating: 1
Seconded. Bitch stole Christmas.


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