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Microsoft reveals key features of IE 7

Microsoft has revealed some key features for its forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 browser.

Although a major reason for the browser being launched is to give users more protection against potential security threats, Microsoft also wants to give users greater functionality, to rival features already on offer from products such as the open-source Firefox browser.

At this week’s Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, features such as Quick Tabs and Page Zoom were discussed.

Quick Tabs allows users to view and manage tabs, with a live thumbnail view of all tabs. Page Zoom allows users to zoom in on web page text and graphics.

IE 7 will also allow users to disable some or all ActiveX controls in the browser. ActiveX controls are usually used by attackers to plant malicious code on users’ machines.

The first beta of IE 7 was released in mid-2005 and the second beta is due later this year. 


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