Internet Explorer 7 adds new security

A new preview version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, with tabbed browsing, an integrated search box, and RSS support -- all features long taken for granted by Firefox users -- is now available.

The Beta 2 preview of version 7 also sports a much more compact and streamlined interface than that of the current IE, with a strong emphasis on dedicating as much of the window as possible to the displayed Web site.

If you use Windows XP with Service Pack 2, you can download the new beta at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/default.mspx. Like any still-in-development program, this preview release has bugs and rough edges: You will encounter some display problems and program crashes.

In this edition of IE, only two slim toolbars sit up top, with the navigation buttons back, forward, refresh, and home split up between them.

Tabs, new to version 7, appear on the second toolbar. Although you can't move the tabs around, you do get a nice feature called "Quick Tabs": Clicking a gridlike icon next to the tabs brings up a convenient thumbnail display of all your currently open pages.

New security features include an antiphishing filter that warns you if you happen across a known phishing site, better ActiveX management, and programming changes that try to reduce the number of avenues for attack. Also offered is a one-click option to clear your personal browsing data, including the history, cookies, and the cache.

A more polished Beta 2 release is due to come out in the coming months, and the final IE 7 release is planned for the second half of 2006.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Erik Larkin

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?