Microsoft introduces public beta of Internet Explorer
Ahead of its own development schedule, Microsoft has released the second beta version of Internet Explorer 7. The program is available for all users who wish to download.
From 1 February, the new beta version of Microsoft's browser, Internet Explorer 7 can be downloaded from the company website. Previously, Microsoft had announced that the second beta of IE 7 would be launched by the end of March.
In principle, this draft is aimed at programmers, but can also be downloaded by all interested users.
"The big news is that it is available to everyone. All previous versions have been targeting a smaller audience, "said Margaret Cobb, Internet Explorer product manager at Microsoft.
The new beta version requires to have Service Pack 2 for Windows XP installed and contains much of the new security features that enhance protection against viruses and spyware.
Featured by Microsoft include the easier and faster the cache emptied tabs (known as Opera and Firefox) support functions
for RSS, search field to the toolbar, and functions more flexible printing.
The final version of Internet Explorer 7 will be published towards the end of the year, shortly before the release of Windows Vista.
Links for download: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/default.mspx