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IE7 is out of the door, Move along Firefox?

Yesterday on Wednesday 18th at around 5pm PST Dean Hachamovitch, the General Manager for the IE development team, announced the immediate availability of Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Server 2003. Vista versions need not apply, as IE7 comes bundled with the operating system.
For posterity he noted his initial announcement back in 2005, after Bill Gates delivered a keynote speech in which he announced IE7, at that time there was speculation and drama developing as to the future of IE at all on XP which seemed uncertain at the time.
Clearly Microsoft needed to respond to its customers and come up with a better way to browse the internet and in my opinion it did. Will it be enough to sway users that strayed over to Firefox? Only time will tell and I’m keeping my options open, I regularly use both browsers and ultimately one will prevail. Its too early to say.
So whats new in Windows Internet Explorer 7 aside from the name?
I’ll let Dean answer that: „The Phishing Filter and the architectural work in IE7 around networking and ActiveX opt-in will help keep users more secure. IE7 also delivers a much easier browsing experience with features like tabbed browsing (especially with QuickTabs), shrink-to-fit printing, an easily customizable search box, and a new design that leaves more screen real estate for the web site you’re viewing. IE7’s CSS improvements are incredibly important for developers as many of you have made quite clear. I also think IE7’s RSS experience and platform are important, powerful, and innovative.“

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