Microsoft have finally released the new version of their still market-dominant browser: Internet Explorer 7.
It’s the first new version of the Web browser since Internet Explorer 6 launched in 2001 with the Windows XP operating system.
Back then Microsoft basically had no competition left in the browser market and so it announced it wouldn’t be releasing any more standalone versions of Internet Explorer, and that the next version would only ship with their next OS, which we know now by the name of Windows Vista.
But since then Firefox surfaced as a strong competitor which has been grabbing up market share, and Microsoft were forced to give their browser an update if they wanted to stop the migration and loss of users.
And so Internet Explorer 7 came to see the light of day.
I haven’t tested this version or any of its betas or release candidates yet, even though I have seen it on some of my friends’ machines, anyway I’m not really optimistic that Microsoft will win me back as a user, but still I will give it a try to see what they’ve done with it. According to what I’ve read and heard, there are a number of good things that were done with it.
I’ll quote the official IE Blog with a little paragraph that sort of sums it all up: