Microsoft IE7 RC1

Microsoft is gearing up to ship Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) for Windows XP by offering a late beta release of the Web browser, known as Release Candidate 1. Expected to ship during the last quarter of this year, well ahead of Windows Vista, IE7 is the first real upgrade of the browser since the summer of 2004. And it is the first version of Internet Explorer in this decade to offer actual new features.

IE7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for download from Microsoft. For more information about Internet Explorer 7's new features, visit Microsoft's IE site.

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To help customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 soon after the final version of the browser is released (planned for fourth quarter 2006). Microsoft is making a non-expiring Blocker Toolkit available for those organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled.

For those not wanting to receive IE7 as a criticial update with Windows Update, Microsoft offers a utility that will block the automatic download. To download this utility go to the Microsoft Download Center.


Mark Harr said…
IE7 final release will be distributed by Windows Update, but not as a critical update. This release (IE7 RC1) will not be distributed by Windows Update.
Yes, that is correct. I updated the post to clarify things. As always, thanks for your comments.

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