Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 is now (finally) available

October 19, 2006

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 has been around for years, with few if any significant performance, security, or usability improvements added over that time. But thanks to valid competition from Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft has tested, and now finally released (just yesterday) for general consumption, Internet Explorer 7.

Our take: You should move to Internet Explorer 7, replacing IE 6.0. We don’t usually recommend software that is brand new out of Redmond, but in this case, the changes are compelling enough. They’ve added tabbed browsing (which Firefox started out life with over two years ago), and added significant security improvements. In addition, the interface, which will take only relatively minor adjustments to get used to, is more user friendly.

The download was just posted on Microsoft’s web site yesterday (October 18), and can be accessed from their front page at: http://www.microsoft.com.

For a pretty good initial review of the browser, check out this article from eWeek.

Happy (Happier) Browsing!

123 Tech Team


Support for Windows XP SP1 is ending.

October 6, 2006

Important: If you are running Windows XP Service Pack 1, or, for that matter, anything earlier than Windows XP SP2, you should upgrade immediately. Microsoft’s support for XP SP1 is ending by mid-October.

Microsoft just can’t keep patching older revs of its OS with all the security and bug fixes that are happening these days. As much as I like Windows 2000 (it’s like Win XP lite – no frilly look and feel), for example, I can no longer recommend that users run anything but Windows XP SP2, mostly for security reasons.

Here is Microsoft’s official notice.