Internet Explorer 7 RC 1 Released

As the headline says, Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (IE7 RC1) for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP 1 and Windows XP/2003 x64 versions. Feature-wise there’s little that significantly new. In this respect both Firefox and Opera (browsers) gallop along miles ahead of IE7 with each new Beta adding on a new feature.

However IE7 RC1 now includes an uninstaller to remove any previous Beta build installed. And also supports for languages other than English. The final version will support whatever languages Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Vista support. besides the inevitable bug fixes, IE7RC1 includes several other improvements. For the complete list of what’s changed, including applications known to break in IE7RC1, please see the Release Notes for Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1.

However I did notice that several web services not explicitly mentioned in the IE7RC1 documentation. Like Google Chat client. Suddenly have begun generating script errors. IE7 RC1 is too new for error reports to proliferate on the web (but check again in a week from today). But some of script errors are caused by changes to the authentication model used for JavaScript.

IE7 RC1 fails Web Standards Project Acid Test2And IE7 RC1 also fails the Web Standards Project’s Acid Test 2! This initative is written to help browser vendors ensure proper support for web standards in their products. Firefox 2 Beta doesn;’t do that well either. But Opera 9.01 renders the test best.

If you use the Gaim multi-service messaging client. And have been experiencing MSN-related disconnects. yet for one reason or another you haven’t been able to find a solution, fret no more. It seems when Microsoft recently launched their Windows Live Messenger service, the existing MSN instant messaging (IM) protocols were changed to block other clients! Which is so Microsoft.

To get your Gaim connecting again to MSN, you need to download the MSN protocol library n update for libmsn.dll updates for Gaim 1.5.x or Gaim 2.x Beta versions.

Also new this week is Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 Release Candidate 2. This integrates the visual refresh update from Firefox 2 Beta 2. And is available for Linux, Mac and Windows (Installer; Zip Archive). However, there is a significant number of bugs present in this version.

And finally there’s a possibility of another Opera 9.01 update being released shortly. But that’s it for now. Stay Safe until the next time.

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