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Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2

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Hi Paul, yup they fixed a few issues they had and also released versions for server ect at the same time

Well, it still won't install on 1 system even with reg changes to permissions. Actually, it just ain't worth the trouble at this point.

Thanks anyway.

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And even when the final version comes out for down loading, how many security updates will they have ?? The hackers have long since downloaded the beta version and are working their socks off already figuring out how to get into it :) I wouldn't touch it for a year after it comes out !!!



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Try this for a comment on it...


IE 7, Microsoft you must be kidding

By Stan Beer

Tuesday, 25 April 2006

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The last time I did a review of a browser beta, I'm embarrassed to say I got it wrong. My apologies to Opera 9 fans. Your favourite browser is lightning fast - I just didn't wait for my cache to catch up. I still prefer the Firefox interface and I reckon the speed is comparable. Oh that's right, this article is supposed to be about the latest Internet Explorer 7 beta. In my opinion, it's a dog. It's slow and I hate the user interface.



OK, that's just my opinion but you have to question the direction Microsoft is heading in when it releases a product upgrade with a user interface that is virtually unrecognizable compared to the previous release. Understandably, Microsoft wanted to improve the functionality (let's forget about security) of IE 6 to something approaching that of Firefox and Opera. However, while I'm still trying to make up my mind about Opera, Firefox manages to achieve all the functionality you need without requiring the user to take a course in how to use it.


Microsoft seems obsessed with the idea of doing away with menus and tool bars. Has it ever bothered to consult with us ordinary users about this obsession? The Internet Explorer team will no doubt say yes. However, hands up everyone who's comfortable with the familiar menu and tool bar at the top of your screen. We all know how to use it like we know how to use a telephone. That was the idea wasn't it?


On the positive side, the IE 7 is jam packed with functionality. You've got the tabs, the RSS feeds and you've even got an anti-phishing filter but intuitive it is not. Now a word on speed - and I say this with caution because of my faux pas with Opera - IE 7 appeared as slow as a wet week when I tested it. As a long time user of maddeningly slow IE 6 as my second browser (after Firefox), I can say the IE 7 beta 2 appears even slower. Compared to Firefox and Opera it's an old jalopy and I have a high speed cable broadband connection.


To be fair to Microsoft, we are still taking about a beta release. However, the disturbing feature about the learning curve required to get used to the IE 7 interface is that Microsoft promises us more such learning curves in the future with the release of Vista and Office 2007. One wonders why Microsoft feels that the way to differentiate itself from its rivals is to foist upon its loyal followers something that they don't want. Microsoft, please give us added functionality and security but for crying out loud, don't sacrifice usability.

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When I got WinXP SP2 (complete with new computer), I figured WinPlayer 10 would not be interferring with ECDC 5 (which remains on the Win98 SE, which was revived and remains my main computer). So I tried it. Never did figure out how to use the commands.


So I downloaded a basic WinAmp, which looks horrible, but at least I can figure out things like "start" and "stop". Later someone smuggled me the .exe for WinPlayer 2000, which is what I use for CDs.


I've not interferred with WinPlayer 10, I suspect it underlies things like amazon.com's music player (which doesn't even show up on the Win98 SE). I've just ignored it.


Sounds like IE 7 is built by the same designers who came up with WinPlayer 10.


The review does kinda make me think about trying Firefox or Opera, tho.



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Funny thing I found is there is already an update for XP in Windows Update for an HTTP problem for people who have installed IE 7.Thought they'd only put these out for products after final issue...lol
Is that SP3, Terry?
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Nope,Just went to Windows Update to do my weekly check and it comes up as an update for XP.Non-Critical.

Hmmm, I don't have that in my update list. However, I also don't have IE7 beta installed. I wonder if the system that is running the beta will have it show up. But then again, why would it show up to update if the software to update is not installed? :)

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Checked on my laptop this morning and it came up there also.Here is what details say:


Update for Windows XP (KB904942)Date last published: 4/11/2006Typical download size: 151 KB Install this update to resolve HTTP authentication issues in Windows-based systems that do not appear until Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is installed. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.System Requirements

Recommended CPU: Not specified.

Recommended memory: Not specified.

Recommended hard disk space: Not specified.How to Uninstall

This software update can be removed via Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.Get help and support

http://support.microsoft.comMore information

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I've been using versions of IE7 beta 2 preview and now beta 2 and I do not find it slow, on the contrary, the latest version is nice and as fast as any other browser I've tried (the antiphishing does slow things down a bit, but I turn that off when only looking at my bookmarked sites I know are OK, I don't do much random surfing). The original reviewer's comments suggest to me that he did not bother to check out the features fully. It's perfectly possible to get the menu bar and to place it on top of the address bar (a registry edit that's been posted some while ago). Obviously, there are new features that new users need to learn how to handle, but that is true of any software; I don't think the learning curve is particularly steep and the help file is good. I have had to do the user agent fix (to make sites see it as IE6; also well documented) to get proper WYSIWYG message editing functionality on boards that use Lithium software (Dell forum, Zone Alarm forum), but that is their coding, not an IE 7 problem. I've added several search engines that I use (easy registry edits).

There are, of course a few minor irritants remaining (e.g favicons are not always kept; if you open a link in a new tab to the right of the tab from which you clicked it, when you close the link tab, the tab to its right is opened instead of the tab you started from; I don't like the fact that the refresh and stop buttons are to the right of the address bar, and that the address bar cannot be customised, etc.), but all in all it has become my default browser.

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