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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 BrightMoon on 10/6/2007 6:56:26 PM , Rating: 2
I support that.

If I had known about Open Office two years ago when I bought M$ Office I wouldn't even consider spending money over it. I won't make the same mistake twice though.

RE: Is it enough?
By TomZ on 10/7/2007 9:38:07 AM , Rating: 2
That would be true if Open Office didn't suck, but it does. It's fine for casual use at home, but it's slow, uses a lot of memory, and has pretty limited functionality compared to Microsoft Office.

RE: Is it enough?
By Ryanman on 10/7/2007 2:21:05 PM , Rating: 1
ah, I agree with you heare, actually. But it's not worth $150+ so that you can work 5% faster

RE: Is it enough?
By Locutus465 on 10/8/2007 12:23:10 AM , Rating: 2
It is if your job depends on working with Office Applications, and having access to custom functionality IT departments come up with for MS office... Hence OO is great for casual use, for professionals there is currently no substitue.

RE: Is it enough?
By JeffDM on 10/7/2007 4:17:43 PM , Rating: 3
Even if Open Office is "limited" in functionality, I'm sure it's still more than most people need. I've never personally run into something I needed to do that OO.o couldn't do for me.

In terms of speed and memory use, it seems to work plenty well enough on my five year old computer. It was pokey on my dad's 9yr old computer before we stopped using that and bought a newer one. Maybe if I needed to use an office app all the time, then maybe I'd consider something else, but even at work, I just use OO.o. Maybe I use that sort of app once a day.

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