Microsoft has launched a new test version of its forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 browser.
The launch of the Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) version follows a feature-complete beta 2 version released in April.
The RC1 version has been made publicly available for download and the software giant is urging IT professionals and web developers to test it and use it to prepare for the final release of IE7. A free Readiness Toolkit is also available for download.
In an announcement on its website, Microsoft said, “We are confident that websites and applications that are optimised with this build will be compatible with the final version when it is released later this year.”
The new RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security and application compatibility. Microsoft said it had also enhanced the user interface, completed CSS platform changes and added language support.
The software giant is planning to distribute IE7 as a high-priority update shortly after the final version is released for Windows XP later this year.
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