[guispeak] Microsoft Unveils IE 7 Beta 2 Features

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  • Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 17:17:51 -0400

Microsoft Unveils IE 7 Beta 2 Features
By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb News 
September 14, 2005 (1:58 PM EDT)
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/170703182 

The Internet Explorer development team has revealed details of upcoming key 
features that will land in the next beta of IE 7. 

Among the features demonstrated Tuesday at a Microsoft Professional Developer 
Conference presentation, then outlined on the IE team's blog, were Quick Tabs 
and Page Zoom. 

The former, wrote Chris Wilson, an IE 7 developer, lets users view and manage 
tabs -- IE 7 sports a tabbed interface, similar to the one Firefox and Opera 
have had for some time -- with a live thumbnail view of all tabs. Page Zoom, 
meanwhile, allows users to zoom in on text and graphics of Web pages. 

Other new features, said Wilson, will include something he dubbed "ActiveX 
Opt-in," that will set most ActiveX controls (even those already installed) as 
disabled by default. Users can selectively enable controls as necessary. 

ActiveX controls take the blame for many of IE's security woes, with both 
malicious code and spyware/adware using ActiveX, and vulnerabilities in it, to 
install themselves on PCs. 

Microsoft's IE team, said Wilson, is also working with Amazon.com's A9 search 
development group on an update to the latter's OpenSearch standard -- 
OpenSearch 1.1 -- that will "allow users to easily populate their search engine 
of choice" in IE 7. 

Wilson also reiterated how Microsoft is stressing a protected mode for IE when 
on Windows Vista (but not Windows XP), which will reduce security threats, 
particularly "drive-by installs" used by malicious Web sites, by isolating the 
browser from all other applications and processes, and making it impossible for 
IE to write to any file without user consent. 

The first betas of Internet Explorer 7 -- in two versions, one for Vista, the 
other for XP -- were released the last week of July. Beta 2's release date has 
not been set; Microsoft has only said it would be later this year. 

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