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New Ie Explorer Version 7.0?


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#1 txishome

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:04 PM

I don't understand what "Beta" means. It seems there's all kinds of new programs that have "Beta" on the end of it. One example is my hotmail email account. Now I understand there's an IE "beta", version 7.0. Do we want to download the new IE? What does that do to my toolbar...add things?

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:13 PM

BETA means it's still in it's testing phase. Not ready for final release and you're on your own.
Not a big fan of IE, though I sometimes use it.
I've always waited at least 6 months after the official release of IE just based on it's track record.
I'll probably try it sometime next year but I'm in no big hurry.
Not knocking BETAware, had some good stuff. Using a BETA version of Opera 9 right at the moment and have had no problems as of yet.

Edited by HitSquad, 08 May 2006 - 03:16 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2006 - 05:44 PM

Microsoft's Beta releases are generally not reliable. Unless you enjoy troubleshooting, testing software, and are somewhat computer savvy, wait for the public release. In any case, do not rely on any Beta release for any "misson critical" uses.
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 07:15 PM

Thanks so much for this info. I sure was tempted, but hearing what you've had to say...I think I'll skip it!!

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 07:21 PM

Software goes through two phases of testing, Alpha and Beta.

Alpha is in-house testing done by the creator on their own test computers.

Corrections and revisions are made to the software and then it is released into the real world in a controlled fashion in what is known as Beta testing. So, by their nature, Beta versions can be buggy.

Then more corrections and revisions are made, until finally the creator is happy enough with the end product to actually release the software to the general public.

Even at this stage some software is buggy. Remember when XP first came out? I suppose there will be bugs in Vista when it is finally released as well. But a responsible manufacturer will continue to make changes to the software, and give those updates to all it's customers for years to come.
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 07:24 PM

I have written about Beta releases and how they fit into a project life-cycle in my Blog, if you want further information:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/blogs/jgweed/index.php?
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 07:52 AM

Computer programs used to come in different stages. An Alpha release was one that was still being tested but wasn't ready to release to anyone. A Beta release was one that needed some "fine-tuning" before being released to the public.

Since that time these boundaries have become blurred. There's pre-Beta's, Consumer Technology Previews, etc. FWIW - if you want stability, stay away from Beta's.

But, if you're technologically inclined, a Beta can offer you a chance to use technology in it's earliest stages. I've been a beta tester for many years and have quite a few good stories to tell about the experience. But there's also a few horror stories to go with it!

The problem with Beta's (for the average user) is that they require a decent amount of research before installing them. Just slapping a Beta onto your system is asking for trouble - how will you know what's a bug and what isn't?

As for the IE7 Beta, I've tried it and didn't like it. And, it hosed my system so that I couldn't revert back to IE6 (my primary browser in Firefox). Luckily I maintain system backups for just such an emergency - so I was able to revert back to my latest backup without any loss of data. Finally, FYI, I uninstalled the IE7 Beta using Total Uninstall (rather than the built in uninstaller) and that may have had something to do with the inability to revert to IE6).
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 10:38 PM

Try Firefox, which most computer buffs think is far better than IE for browsing anyway.
(You still need IE for Windows Updates, web based scans and other sites that need Active X)

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 03:49 AM

i installed IE7 Beta and had problems so i took it off then i had to re-install windows. I always wait for FINAL releases now learnt a lesson.




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