Internet Explorer 7 Released! For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. I encourage everyone to download the final version from http://www.microsoft.com/ie.

We listened carefully to feedback from many sources (including this blog) and worked hard to deliver a safer browser that makes everyday tasks easier. When I first posted publicly about IE7, I wrote that we would go further to defend users from phishing and malicious software. The Phishing Filter and the architectural work in IE7 around networking and ActiveX opt-in will help keep users more secure. IE7 also delivers a much easier browsing experience with features like tabbed browsing (especially with QuickTabs), shrink-to-fit printing, an easily customizable search box, and a new design that leaves more screen real estate for the web site you’re viewing. IE7’s CSS improvements are incredibly important for developers as many of you have made quite clear. I also think IE7’s RSS experience and platform are important, powerful, and innovative.

Download: Internet Explorer 7 ~15MB
View: Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Available Now [IE Blog]
Homepage: Internet Explorer

In addition to our release of IE7, Yahoo! has a customized version of the browser available today and over the next few days partners such as Weather.com and USA TODAY will offer their own customized versions. These versions will tailor the user experience with specific toolbars, additional search engines, favorites, and RSS feeds.

I want to thank everyone who provided feedback as we developed and fine-tuned Internet Explorer 7. Over the 20 months since Bill Gates first announced our commitment to deliver IE7,  we released five betas and a release candidate to millions of users worldwide. With each release, your feedback helped us make IE7 better. Your contributions, ideas, and direct comments were crucial in helping us prioritize and focus our work. I can’t imagine delivering this product without the tremendous cooperation we enjoyed from so many of you as well as developers and partners.

That said, we’re not done. Even as we put the finishing touches on Windows Vista and release all the remaining language versions of IE7, we have already started work on the next versions of Internet Explorer. We’ll post more here soon about our plans for the product and our plans for listening to you.

Thanks,

Dean Hachamovitch
General Manager

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4 Responses

  1. Good Job.

  2. Thank you for all of your help with IE giving me the message “IE has encountered a problem and must shud down” when I was trying to pay postage on line. IE shut down AFTER I hit the “pay” button, but wouldn’t print the label. You “Sam” you did solve that particular problem. I appreciate your service!

    However, that created another whole set of problems. The voice thing was activited and I could not turn it off or get past that box to search anything. Each time I tried to search IE quit and I was back at my desktop.

    There’s obviously some sort of conflict, and it’s obvious I’m not familiar with the new IE, so I solved the problem on my own. I uninstalled IE 7 until another time when I can spend a LOT more time learning about it. I DO NOT FIND IT USER-FRIENDLY AT ALL.

  3. That should be must “shut down” rather than “shud down”

  4. Well, I have not encountered that problem, try installing IE7 again. If that does not help, report the problem to Microsoft, see if they can solve it.

    The new IE does take some time getting used to, but it should be a much better experience. If you prefer the old IE6 menu, right-click near a tab and activate the menu bar.

    But I use Firefox 2.0 much better, but IE7 is more resource friendly.

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