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Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 IE7 Preview

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Abstract: We're going to look at the new features which Microsoft plans to bring to the table With Internet Explorer 7, and examine how the underlying unctionality of the browser has changed to better protect your computer.
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External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Dec 23 2005   Mike Dowler  
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In 2003, Microsoft decided they had won the browser wars by default. Gone were the days of heady feature-for-feature competition with the likes of Netscape, which had floundered years before. Internet Explorer 6 was out and working well, and just about every Windows user in the world was using it or one of IE's older versions. There were a couple of 'alternative' browsers for Windows users on the radar like Mozilla and Opera, but nothing even close to resembling a threat to the mighty IE.

Secure in their domination of the market, Microsoft announced in March of 2003 that there would be no further standalone development of Internet Explorer, with any new changes coming from the operating system, not the browser itself. As you might imagine, this was tempting fate. Shortly afterwards, a little known spin-off of the Mozilla browser began gaining accolades and users due to its ease of use and novel (compared to Internet Explorer at least) set of features. What began as a blip on the radar grew into a raging Fire(fox), gnawing steadily away at Microsoft's share of the browser market. The Firefox browser, a spin-off of Mozilla (and thus of earlier Netscape technology) gained a massive following in a few short months.

As you can imagine, this development caused some consternation at the Redmond head offices. While both IE and Firefox are offered free, Internet Explorer is an integral part of Microsoft's plans to further integrate multimedia functionality (and sales) into its operating systems. Also, the perception that Firefox was more technically advanced than Internet Explorer due to features like tabbed browsing and its incredibly easy plug in system must have provoked no end of irritation at Microsoft.

To cut a long story short, the company decided to accelerate the development of the browser technology it was working on for its upcoming Microsoft Vista (formerly known as Longhorn) operating system. Now essential features like tabbed browsing were added and it was announced in February of 2005 that Internet Explorer 7 would, after all, be released. What was more, the new browser was going to come out before Windows Vista and be available for other Microsoft operating systems too. The Windows Vista version of IE 7 would contain some features not supported by other versions due to the unique make up of the new operating system however.

We're going to look at the new features which Microsoft plans to bring to the table With Internet Explorer 7, and examine how the underlying functionality of the browser has changed to better protect your computer. Internet Explorer has the distinction of being the browser most targeted by all forms of spyware, malware, and other nasties, so more security is always good news.

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Contents of Article: Microsoft IE7
 Pg 1.  — Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 IE7 Preview
 Pg 2.  Internet Explorer 7's major changes
 Pg 3.  IE 7 x 2: Two versions of the same browser
 Pg 4.  Convenience features: printer friendly internet
 Pg 5.  Interface changes and the search bar
 Pg 6.  Under the Hood: Security and code changes
 Pg 7.  IE7 - Better administration

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