Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Launches

I am excited about the releases coming out in the next year – and things were kicked off today with the public availability of IE7, which incorporates some key elements of Web 2.0. Jim Allchin summarized the release today:

IE7 Beta 2 is publicly available via download from here with English versions available for Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional x64, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.  For those of you on Vista, the IE7 Beta 2 build features plus more (such as protected mode) are incorporated in Vista build 5370.

IE7 Beta 2 will be available in German, Finnish and Arabic languages on May 3 and in Japanese on May 8 of 2006.

IE7 incorporates the following major advances:

New Look

Cut through the clutter with a redesigned, streamlined interface and maximized area for viewing web content.

Tabbed Browsing

Open multiple websites in one Internet Explorer window, see thumbnail images of all open tabs in a single view, and organize multiple tabs into a single tab group and save it as a favorite.

Printing Advances

IE7 automatically shrinks text for improved printing, so all webpage content fits on your final printed page. Print options also include adjustable margins, customizable page layouts, removable headers and footers, and changeable print space.

RSS Feeds

Tired of looking for the latest news and information on the web? IE7 can deliver the latest updates from your favorite sites to you. Subscribe to RSS feeds through IE7, and get instant access to personalized sports, news, and shopping feeds that keep you up to date on the latest information online.

Toolbar Search

Search the Internet directly from the browser frame using your favorite search provider with the toolbar search box.

Security Improvements

Robust new IE7 architecture and improved security features help protect you against malicious software and help to keep your personal data safe from fraudulent websites and online phishing scams.

Improved platform and manageability

IE7 has improved support for cascading style sheets, a rich RSS feeds platform, and robust tools for deploying and managing IE7 in large enterprise environments.

New Internet Explorer Add-On Site

Throughout the development of IE7, Microsoft has worked closely with its partners to develop software that enriches the browsing experience. To extend and enrich our customers’ browsing experiences, Microsoft is introducing the new Add-ons site which offers hundreds of free Internet Explorer add-ons – try them today at

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and CMO of, a blockchain-based video technology company.