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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: Dear Microsoft
By mindless1 on 10/6/2007 9:39:45 PM , Rating: 0
Actually, that's ignorant. Most people buy a new PC with WinXP license bundled into the cost. WGA just adds hassle and makes them jump through hoops to get what they paid for. It's bullshit, that paying customers have to do more in order to help MS try to disable someone else's system.

If MS wants this approach, they have devalued their OS. It's worth less, so either refund part of my purchase price and lower the selling price, refund my total purchase price, or accept that no matter how many people pirate it, they are only doing so until (and so long as), it is the majority OS. IF MS doesn't want to be such a target of piracy anymore, just let some other OS become more popular.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By mindless1 on 10/9/2007 2:21:01 AM , Rating: 1
That my post was downgraded, was evidence enough of MS shills posting.

Shills, don't you GET it? Paying customers don't care half as much about what a bazillion dollar company is doing to try to curb loss, as they do about what actually effect THEM. Pirates or not, if I pay for an OS license, then when you cause me more BS I'll remember it.

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