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June 30, 2006

IE7 beta arrives, Vista beta departs

Posted by David Hunter at 9:52 AM ET.

Over at Microsoft’s IEBlog, General Manager Dean Hachamovitch yesterday announced the availability of Internet Explorer Beta 3:

This morning we released IE7 Beta 3 for Windows XP. This version includes improvements in reliability, compatibility, security, and a few end user features. Give it a try at

IE7 Beta 3 runs on Windows XP SP2, Windows XP x64, and Windows Server 2003 SP1. This beta does not install on Windows Vista Beta 2; a new version of IE7+ in Windows Vista will be available with the next public Windows Vista release soon.

Today?s release is the final beta for IE7. Our next steps are the Release Candidates followed by general availability in the second half of the year.

Hit the link for some installation tips and check Max Stevens’ post in the same place for some of the changes.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Ian Moulster blogs that the availability of beta 2 of Windows Vista ends today:

Update: The program will close on Friday June 30th 2006

In case you weren’t aware, we are only providing a limited number of copies of Windows Vista Beta 2 – either download or physical copies – and we’re fast approaching the cut-off point.

What this means is – if you want to get a copy, get it now (and I mean now). Visit and either download or order. Because WE WILL BE WITHDRAWING ACCESS VERY SOON. Did I say that loudly enough?

If you’re burning to get a copy, he has some tips for getting in under the wire, but be aware that the consensus among testers is that the newer Community Technical Preview release 5456 is much improved over Beta 2, but unlike Beta 2 it isn’t available to the general public.

Filed under Beta and CTP, IE7, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, OS - Client, OS - Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, XP x64

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