It was released Monday, March 20th. The Windows Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 preview is now available.
It requires Windows XP Professional SP2. The download executable will install the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool and will then do a one-time set up (after rebooting your computer) which involves deciding whether or not to turn on the automatic Phishing Filter, choosing your region and language, and deciding whether or not to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program .
The overwhelming reaction was one of frustration. Despite cool, new features like tabs, zoom, and an uncluttered browser surface with accessible but unobtrusive toolbar and iconbar, it is impossible to spend any quality time with the beta preview at this time.
- It is too sluggish even for testing purposes.
- It consumes the entire screen and doesn't appear to be resizeable.
- It freezes, cannot be minimized, and consumes too many resources.
I will definitely wait for the production version and, even then, may decide to read reviews before re-installing.
Conclusion: Not ready for release, even as a preview!
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