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People testing the new browser beta should first uninstall previous betas of IE7, including the "IE7 beta 2 preview [msdn.microsoft.com]" -- using the regular Windows uninstall interface.
The interface is not userfriendly though; the reload button for example is on the far side of the address bar, which is odd. I couldnt find a facility for changing the location. I have been looking forward to IE7, but so far have been disappointed. Maybe Beta 3 will be better.
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I only see Beta 2 Preview on the website (although it does say it was released on March 20th).
So it's basically just another Beta 2? or did they forget to change it?
Hmmm.... yes, there is some conflicting information comoing out of MS. Well, suffice it to say this is a new build and not the build that was previously called "beta 2 preview" - which was already a confusing name in my book.
I've adjusted this thread's title to help do our part in fixing the name tangle.
A slick new cover on the same old browser. Not only are there still lots of lingering problems, but they've actually introduced new bugs that are really annoying to deal with.
I actually installed the earlier version, couldn't stand it, and tried to uninstall. Not fun. It took me a few hours to get it off my machine and ultimately, I had to manually fix a bunch of junk. Not fun.
It is good to see MS trying to improve on their browser especially as it is still being used by the masses. The introduction of things like tabbed browsing and other features from firefox also helps improve the usefulness of the program as a whole.
I don't use IE 7 as a primary browser but it makes a nice second (alongside Opera). Bugs and things are to be expected I suppose as it's a beta. For more advanced things like lack of rendering improvements may be a problem for readers here but I doubt that an average user would even bat an eyelid, so I guess these changes in IE will help strengthen it's position in the browser market.
I believe MS have tried to make the tabs more noticeable towards the top of the browser and move the buttons out to the right side.
I have been using the Beta versions for about 4 weeks now and it grows on you. I had a look at IE6 yesterday and found that confusing, it's all about what you are used to.
I think I may have to contribute to a bounty for that goal - I'm not giving up win2k anytime soon.
Since our company completely moved to open source software, we'll not even try to use IE7. It's a unsecure software like all windows os. :-( But anyway take my congratulations all who like it!
With best regards,
[edited by: encyclo at 3:41 pm (utc) on Mar. 21, 2006]
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This is simply a newer build of Beta 2. Firefox has nightly builds, Opera (I believe) has weekly builds, Safari/Konquerer have nightly builds (I believe) and Microsoft has released this as their second public Beta. Alpha builds (if they were called alpha) were only available to people with really expensive MSDN subscriptions. If I had that kind of money though I'd invest it in a premium membership here. ;)
I made the mistake of having universal conditional comments to include an IE quirks stylesheet. I removed them (just from my news page until I have more time later tomorrow due to classes) and I saw that a huge number of rendering bugs have been fixed! WOOHOO! I have posted on the IE blog some other comments and I'm very happy to see the progress that has been made.
Opera 9 is kicking some serious toosh on their nightly's though! A shame even if Mozilla follows it's new timeline for releases that we won't see any new versions of Gecko (other then patches) until 2007.