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Jim Hillier
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With their latest release, Microsoft have now moved Internet Explorer8 out of the beta phase. The first stable version (assuming there may be further changes/improvements) is now available for download.
If you wish to read and know more about what to expect with IE8, here are links to a couple of relevant articles and a video review:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/tec.....952505.stm
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10 ... ontentBody
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10 ... ontentBody

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Wonder how many XP users are willing to take the plunge? I was not impressed with IE7. I like the Address Bar of IE6, the ability to add some extra programs there, something IE7 prevented. Firefox also fills my needs on one computer, so Microsoft has one less taker, Mindblower!

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Yes, well I suspect you are not Robinson Crusoe MB. Although users will not have the same range of options for IE in Windows7, apparently they will have the ability to turn IE off...a feature which is lacking in both XP and Vista. I suspect most will invoke that option and stick with their browser of choice anyway...for savvy users such as yourself that would almost certainly be Firefox.
Oh, did I mention I use Firefox too.

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Turn IE off you say ozbloke. I thought it was to NOT install it in the first place. And this is no big deal - other than a tiny harddisk space hog. We all can just not use IE, and even have other browsers take the role of primary. I just don't see or get what they mean by that. Do have a silly question using Hotmail - would this mean I could access it vis other browser (as it's not the case now), Mindblower!

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Hey MB - There's much being written about Windows7 and what it will include and won't include, a lot of it is pure conjecture. I have read that IE8 [i:8vx2z94w]will [/i:8vx2z94w]be part of W7 but with the ability to 'turn it off'. It makes sense to me that M$ would retain IE as an integral part of their OS, the browser war is raging and I cannot see M$ leaving the playing field wide open for it's competitors. As for the usefulness of the reportedly expanded 'turn off features' option.....well, IE will still be there on the HDD, just won't be available if turned off. Can't see any huge advantages except perhaps that any processes associated with the feature would be no longer be running in the background....may make things a tad quicker.

The point you make re accessing Hotmail is spot on. Also, what about when you need to download the 'extras' which will, again reportedly, be missing from W7...things like their email client, movie maker, etc. Will they still insist on everyone using IE to download anything M$?? As you say, it all seems a bit silly....maybe an attempt to lessen the impact of the cries of 'monopoly' from other browser developers?

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Turn-Off ... 06037.shtm
http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/Wind ... 000030BXAI

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Very well said. It's an advertising campaign of slick placed words, but just who are they targeting? Might it be they know too well just what people think of their products (still many who want and use XP - a powerful bunch which includes me ).

I'm sticking with what works for me best (IE6 and Firefox). Am ecstatic with all the invocations (add-ons) FF has and keeps getting. Open source is proving to the the demise (wishful thinking) of giants like MS who made money in the olden days of the computer users.

Time for them to bite the dust, Mindblower!

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[i:bvvmc3hq]"It's and advertising campaign"[/i:bvvmc3hq].......succinctly put and 100% accurate....do you mind if I use that?

Firefox rules and, IMO, will continue to do so for some time yet. The only real (future) challenger I can see is Chrome (from Google)....they are working frantically on 'extensions' for their browser and once that component is up and running I believe it will expand rapidly as, exponentially, will Chrome's popularity.

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