Microsoft introduces public beta of Internet Explorer
Ahead of its own timetable of development, Microsoft has released the second beta version of Internet Explorer 7. The program is available to all Internet users that wish to download it.
From 1 February, the new beta version of Microsoft's browser, Internet Explorer 7 can be downloaded from the website of the company. Previously, Microsoft had announced that the second beta of IE 7 would be launched towards the end of march.
In principle, this preview release is targeted at programmers, but it can also be downloaded by all interested users.
”The big news is that it is available to everyone. All previous versions have been addressed to a public more reduced,” said Margaret Cobb, director of product Internet Explorer, at Microsoft.
The new beta version requires that you have installed Service Pack 2 for Windows XP and contains a large part of the new security features that enhance protection against viruses and spyware.
Among the others
features highlighted by Microsoft include the emptying easier and faster the cache, the tabs (such as the well-known in Opera and Firefox), support
for RSS, the field for search in the toolbar, and print functions more flexible.
The final version of Internet Explorer 7 will be published towards the end of the year, shortly before the release of Windows Vista.
Links to download: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/default.mspx