[guispeak] Re: Microsoft Unveils IE 7 Beta 2 Features

  • From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 13:09:37 +0100

This is all very well, but as a Beta tester myself, I can't
even get it to install!!


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[mailto:guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Christopher
        Sent: 14 September 2005 22:18
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        Subject: [guispeak] Microsoft Unveils IE 7 Beta 2

        Microsoft Unveils IE 7 Beta 2 Features
        By Gregg Keizer <mailto:gkeizer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> ,
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

        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
<http://blog.a9.com/blog/>  -- 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
<http://www.techweb.com/wire/software/166403183>  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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