IE 7 beta released for download

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  1. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    Just saw on Cnet news, that IE7 is available for download, well, I must say it is basically a combination of all the features in Opera, firefox and safari...

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    EDIT: btw, is that you Onizuka on the Cnet comments section?
     
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    Yup....and also you say it is FF, Opera and Safari together :p .....going a bit far eh ;)
     
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    anyone know why its now called "windows internet explorer?"

    it seems like....ie6 with tabs and a a ripoff of an ugly firefox skin. it's a little bit easier, and tabs are nice, but it's still got all the annoyances of ie...at least the scrolling is fixable now by turning off smooth scrolling (i couldnt find this in ie6?) though, and i like being able to hide the file, edit, etc menus and show them by hitting "alt" but that may be a bug--the installation process was buggy enough. it took me 5 tries and borrowing some dll files from a friend to get it installed...
    i somehow expected this to be the end-all be-all of web browsers...maybe because it took 5 years to release :rolleyes:

    ill stick to firefox, and see if the final release is any better.
     
  5. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    From that picture it looks like Microsoft does what it does best which is copying other companies design and features....but I guess it is good that MS is finally updating IE.
     
  6. MattG macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, it's a rip off...but it's definitely an improvement.

    I kind of like the "home page tabs" feature.
     
  7. angelneo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Actually what I worry about the most is the css standard in this version of IE. I really hope they can do something about that. So far I read that it has improved it's support for AJAX which is good news.
     
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    I'll give this a whirl laters, then again it is beta. I can understand the value of testing a product but a beta product on a beta OS? just asking for security threats.
     
  9. Stella macrumors 604

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    Microsoft still aren't going to implement CSS to anywhere near the functionality that Opera, Webkit and Gecko provide.

    Until it does, IE will always be holding back the internet.
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Cause it's only for Windows. Microsoft don't make a version of IE anymore that runs on any other OS.

    Same deal with the new Messenger. They got rid of the "MSN" part and is now "Microsoft Messanger" cause MSN is no longer supported on all OSesess.
     
  11. echeck macrumors 68000

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    Anyone know if IE 7 will include RSS support?
     
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    I don't know for sure but I am pretty confident it does (or will). for a browser to not support RSS now, no matter how few people use it, is application suicide.
     
  13. ldburroughs macrumors 6502

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    It does. It has a nice zooming feature (from Opera), tabs (firefox, et al), and several other long overdue additions. The look is much sleeker than the previous version which is very refreshing. As for functionality, it works like any other browser. I've tried firefox, netscape, and opera on the pc platform (safari on mac) and ie7 is no better/worse than any of the competition. For me, I like the integration with the operating system while most others hate it for whatever reason. People who use Safari on macs (myself included) do it because it is easy and works well. The same holds true for those who use ie but there are simply more dissenters. Most hate ie because it is Microsoft. Some complain about security flaws. Well, it's no wonder it is so heavily targeted. The argument is the same for XP in terms of its target audience. The more people who use it, the greater potential there is to do damage. Stop visiting porn sites and opening suspicious e-mails if you want to avoid viruses. Abstinence is the best form of protection:) I've been using ie and windows on my pcs since there were pcs and I've NEVER had a single virus on any computer. It's not that hard to avoid them.

    If Apple ever gets a footing in the industry sufficient enough to challenge Microsoft for its operating system there will be some serious issues that will need to be dealt with. The whole monopoly thing Microsoft has been dealing with since its inception will be many times worse for Apple, especially since they only work on their own machines. Certainly if Microsoft made its own computers there would be fewer issues. It wouldn't be as difficult to make things stable in a controlled environment. Only time will tell. For now, ie7 on a pc is at least a promising alternative to the tired wannabes. I just want it to get the job done and ie has been doing it (without any class or sophistication) very well in deed.

    If you have a pc in addition to your mac, I recommend giving the beta version a shot. I've had absolutely no problems so far and the extra features (although long overdue) are fantastic.

    Now, if Microsoft would consider supporting it on the mac platform ... kidding!
     
  14. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a

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    i think the biggest news from IE7 IMO is the support for transparent PNGs. I have no idea why they didn't fully support these before, but I heard they will be supported in IE7, which will make my job easier for sure
     
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    wow, I just tried installing the Beta and it stops you for Windows validation?? geez Microsoft, it's just a web browser install, lay off. I have a purchased copy for Virtual PC, but that doesn't mean I want to have to do internet activation for everything I do :rolleyes:
     
  16. angelneo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, well, looks like it is still some way off before coming off beta
     
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    Good to know before I go try this on one of my windows boxes...

    I haven't used IE in two years on those machines, perhaps it will be two more.
     
  19. bugfaceuk macrumors 6502

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    Same kind of comment, it's a rip off, but the "Tabs light-box" feature is very very nice.

    As an aside, it exactly how I felt looking at Vista, it's a rip off, but it has some very nice unique features in there too.

    Fear the dark-side.
     
  20. bugfaceuk macrumors 6502

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    No sugar, honey! No more hacks and tricks to get your web-site working :) Huzzah!
     
  21. bugfaceuk macrumors 6502

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    It's not just a browser, it's a core OS component... hehe... that's why it's sooooo secure, the attach surface is tiny... Hang on. That's wrong. Strike that. Switch it around.
     
  22. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    Ummm....it's a BETA. The point of a beta is widespread testing to find the bugs.

    At least MS doesn't release beta products under the impression that they are first release like another company we know.

    I love Apple, but if this was Apple, this IE beta release would be be IE version 1.
     
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Did they adopt the best feature of Firefox -- no support for embedded ActiveX? ;)
     
  24. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    I just downloaded it and was going to install it. The freaking piece of software wants to validate my copy of windows. Now this isn't a problem because its all legal, but it pisses me off. :mad: Will post back with my thoughts later.
     

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