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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 03:38 AM

OCT. 18 8:01 P.M. ET Microsoft Corp. is giving its Web browser software its first major upgrade in years, amid signs that Internet Explorer's market share is eroding.

By ALLISON LINN
AP Business Writer

The release late Wednesday brings Microsoft's browser more in line with competing products such as Opera Software ASA's Opera and Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox. Internet Explorer 7, or IE7, adds features such as tabbed browsing, which lets people open several Web pages without cluttering their desktop with multiple open browser windows.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 04:25 AM

See discussions in Ie7 Final Due In October post.
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 10:37 AM

The browser download is 14.8MB.
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 11:34 AM

And its not even 24 hours into the official release and there has been a vulnerability!

"you wanted it easier and more secure" -microsoft download page for IE 7

http://secunia.com/Internet_Explorer_Arbit...erability_Test/

I downloaded it last night. About to install it now.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 11:37 AM

"The fool hath said in his heart, "There is no IE7 vulnerability."
I just finished downloading it, but will hold off installing it for a few days until I check some software compatibility issues.
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 01:17 PM

I won't be able to download it until Sunday at the earliest, because that is when I will get my new computer! :thumbsup: Even so, I am leary about security holes; I may wait a while until I install it on a brand new PC.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 01:42 PM

I am awaiting Firefox 2.0 with much more enthusiasm. It's due very soon now.
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 01:48 PM

http://www.techweb.com/wire/security/19340...LPCKHSCJUNN2JVN


October 19, 2006



First Flaw Found In IE 7 Hours After Browser's Launch
A security intelligence company is warning users of the new browser's first official bug. Secunia says that IE 7 contains a 'less critical' flaw that can be used by identity thieves and other criminals to snatch confidential information from a PC.- Oct 19, 2006
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 04:04 PM

So what is the verdict...to block or not to block?
I'm with jgweed and anxiously awaiting the release of Firefox 2.0, but is IE6 going to support Windows updates without issues and just for how long?
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 04:37 PM

And, is IE7 more or less secure than IE 6 SP1. There is no doubt that IE 6 SP1 has security holes even with all the patches, at least that is my understanding. I don't use IE that much, but for some sites I have to - such as on-line security scans and some of my program updates.

Given the fact that there is the option to block the update, I would think that Windows Updates would still be supported through IE 6

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 05:41 PM

Given the fact that there is the option to block the update, I would think that Windows Updates would still be supported through IE 6


Good point Orange Blossom,but aren't there foreseeable problems in the future?

Just a thought.....
The good thing about us dial up users downloading the update when its offered,is because it's huge at 14.8MB,it will just d/l when we are connected to the internet.We won't ever have to worry about d/ling this huge update in the future if and when we have to for whatever reason.
Doesn't mean we have to use it except for updates,right?
I'm so on the fence about this!

I, like you, use IE strickly for Windows updates and some on line scans.
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 06:39 PM

Since IE7 will only with Windows XP and the new Vista, I would suspect that MS will continue to support IE6 for some time with its usual round of security patches; not to do so will force many users into the arms of alternate browsers---something that MS is not eager to do (hence the rush to make IE7 caused by competition and losing market share).

I will certainly wait until a patch is issued for the NEW IE7 vulnerability before I install it. Since IE (either version) is STILL hooked into the Windows Operating System, it cannot be deleted, and either must be kept patched.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 06:52 PM

How about this for a plan. Wait till March to decide whether to switch to IE7. You want be alone. There are thousands of businesses with thousands of computers each that want be switching any time soon.
There are still sites that don't work well with IE7 and does anyone doubt that there are going to be other serious problems to pop up in the next few months? That is not being pessimistic, but realistic.
Firefox will be out soon with FF2. I may wait a while to download that one, too. That is my two cents.
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Posted 21 October 2006 - 08:02 AM

The security vulnerability is not actually in IE7, but in OE instead.
Since IE7 doesn't include a new version of OE, it's just another problem with an old app.

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 07:36 PM

IE will always have problems, whether you download it now or in the future.
So.... holding off will not really make a lot of difference, will it??
IE6 has had loads of problems...... IE7 will be no different.
That's the nature of MS........ a hackers dream.
I've been using the new 'Firefox' 2 RC2 release for awhile now, not much difference to the old version...... but a lot of extensions are not working with it yet.

Edited by Starbuck, 21 October 2006 - 07:42 PM.

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