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October 19, 2006

IE7 is Available for Download

The final version, that is, at least until the gajillion (thanks KND) of patches become necessary to shore it up.  That's not to imply that Microsoft did a bad job on 7.  Far from it.  The new browser features tabbed browsing, RSS feed support, a better print engine, generally stuff that already appears in Opera, Firefox, and that Netscape browser.  It's just that the history of the browser and the OS shows that the product is complex and coders can't think of everything all at once.  Even the competition needs patches from time to time. 

Microsoft won't be pushing the update through Windows Update, at least not until next month.  Even then it will be an option for users rather than the critical patch route.  The download is available here.  The timing is interesting as Yahoo yesterday released a highly customized version of IE7 as an update to the Yahoo browser they inflict on their customers, essentially releasing a Microsoft product before Microsoft did.  Maybe somebody didn't get their timing right.

This release of IE7 is only available for Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2003 SP1 in 32 and 64 bit versions.

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