Posted by: kurtsh | August 24, 2006

BETA: Internet Explorer 7.0 Release Candidate 1 releases

Weird how this took a little longer than I believe it was supposed to.  IE7.0 RC1 is lookin’ reallllllly good.   It’s very reliable/stable and it’s fast, fast, fast.  Features?  Here’s a few:

  • Relative Printing.  IE 7 automatically shrinks text so there’s no more of having your "right margin" cutting off the print text.  Everything fits on a single printed page.  They’ve also added cool options like the ability to kill the lame URL header at the bottom of the screen.  Finally.
  • RSS Feeding. IE 7 allows you to programmatically download news articles, blog entries, and web posts from sites that have RSS documents published on them.  (Symbolized by the RSS icon/logo)  Basically, it’s a really easy way of summarizing and presenting the massive amount of text that is available on all the sites that you like to visit, without all the advertisements, graphics, and lame flash banners.
  • Phishing Filter.  This is great for Mom & Dad especially.  It forcibly HALTS the progress of the user when they attempt to visit a site that doesn’t match the text that they originally clicked or one that’s been reported as a phishing site.  So if Mom clicks on "Click here to update your Paypal password" in an email message, and it really sends them to http: //207.68.169.170/paypal/hacker.html, IE7 will prevent them from going any further and notify them that this is dangerous.
  • Tabbed browsing.  Not exactly a big deal but I actually prefer the look and feel of IE7.0’s tabbed browsing to the multiple IE add ons that exist out there, including our own Windows Live Toolbar – albeit, that’s a darned close second being that it’s kinda apples & oranges, what with all of it’s additional features and all. 
  • …there’s a bunch of other stuff in there but you can read about it online.

What’s new in the Release Candidate 1?

<this is straight out of our press release>

Today, Microsoft is announcing the availability of Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) for Windows XP, available via free download at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx . With this release, Microsoft is strongly encouraging web developers, enthusiasts and IT professionals to finalize their testing and ready their environments for the final availability of IE7.

Microsoft is confident that developers and designers who optimize their web sites and applications with this build will be compatible with the final version when it is released later this year. For an easy path to compatibility, Microsoft encourages technical audiences to download the free Readiness Toolkit.

The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility. With this build, Microsoft has also made enhancements to the fit and finish of the user interface, completed CSS platform changes, added language support and included an auto-uninstall feature in Setup, which automatically uninstalls prior betas of IE7 making installing the new build even easier.

IE7 RC1 is available in English today, and all localized versions of RC1 will be available in September including Arabic, Finnish, German, and Japanese as well as the French and Spanish versions which will be available for the first time.

As previously announced, to help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will also distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates soon after the final version is released for Windows XP later this year.

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