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New Internet Explorer 7 beta released

Antony Savvas

Microsoft has released the third beta of its forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 browser for Windows XP.

The final version of the browser, which is designed to improve functionality and security, is expected later this year.

Beta 3 aims to offer reliability, compatibility and user interface improvements. New features include the ability to add an e-mail button to the customisable toolbar and allow users to move tabs by dragging them to the left or right.

There are also enhancements to Real Simple Syndication (RSS) support within IE 7, and tweaks to improve website compatibility. This includes ironing out rendering bugs in previous versions of the browser.

The latest beta also comes with the security fixes issued by Microsoft earlier this month, which affected Internet Explorer.

IE 7 beta 3 runs on Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1. Another beta version of IE 7 runs on test versions of Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista, which will be widely available next year.


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