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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 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.

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