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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: My reason for going Firefox
By yaneurabeya on 10/6/2007 3:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
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Funny you should call them the "badly" written sites, when IE7 is the more standards compliant browser at this point in time.


Well, MSIE has caught up to Mozilla a bit in the CSS/HTML realm, but still lacks a lot of footing with Javascript.

Just wait until the Mozilla group releases Tamarin framework with its Mozilla browser products, and Adobe starts fully supporting an ActiveScript based Flash solution. Then the doors will be fully open to more platforms, and more groups will be able to develop solutions for Mozilla (and other supported browsers), using a generalized scripting framework. Then MS will definitely have something to worry about...


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