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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 Shadowmaster625 on 10/15/2007 4:27:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think their stupid activation thing with IE7 really shafted Microsoft. Just the hassle of it was enough to make me stop using IE7. And I dont miss it one bit. I dont think they'll ever recover. :P

You're right about the flv downloader... it is a very useful tool when combined with a decent flv converter. Are you able to download youtube videos with google addresses? I cant find a plugin that works for them and amazingly cant find anyone who seems to have this problem. The only workaround I know of is to click on the user's name and then find the video in their list and then it will show up as a youtube link and not a google link. But that doesnt help with those google videos which do not have a download link.

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