Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP, complete with a host of new security and functionality features.
A version of IE7 for the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system will be available for that OS later this year.
Financial institutions and security vendors such as PayPal, Visa International, and VeriSign are encouraging their customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 7, which is designed to counter security attacks such as phishing attempts.
“Security is a top priority for PayPal and we encourage our customers using Windows to download and use Internet Explorer 7,” said Michael Barrett, chief information security officer at PayPal.
“The new Internet Explorer 7 browser has significant security enhancements, including features that help customers protect their personal information when browsing, communicating and transacting online,” said Barrett.
Patrick Gauthier, senior vice president at Visa International, said, “Making the consumer experience more secure is paramount to maintaining consumer confidence online. Microsoft’s security improvements in Internet Explorer 7.0 will certainly further this endeavour.”
To help users do more with the browser, Microsoft is introducing tabbed browsing. With tabs, users are able to view multiple sites in a single browser window and easily switch from one site to another.
Users of the rival Firefox browser have been able to do this for the last year.
Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP runs on Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.