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October 18, 2006

Internet Explorer 7 now sort of available

Posted by David Hunter at 1:58 PM ET.

The rumor had been that Oct. 18 was the day when individual downloads of Internet Explorer 7 would commence and while the day is still young in Redmond, Tom Warren at Neowin reports that the final version of IE7 is sort of available already:

Microsoft will release the final build of IE7 today to customers.

At the moment there is no link on but Yahoo has the final build bundled with Yahoo mail. All you need to do is download the Yahoo edition and use WinRAR to extract the files and run IE7-Setup.exe.

Head to Neowin for the links, but I think I can restrain myself until the regular version is released and maybe longer until I’m sure about what browser bling that I have installed on IE6 will break.

Update (6:15 PM ET): Still no sign of the official download. Ina Fried at CNET reports:

A Microsoft representative declined to comment on the fact that IE 7 is available from Yahoo before it is available from the software giant.

But there’s an upside:

Microsoft has touted Yahoo’s work as an example of the way other companies can customize the new browser.

Update (8:00 PM ET): It’s official – Microsoft Releases Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP:

Oct. 18, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today released to the public Windows® Internet Explorer® 7 for Windows XP, the latest version of the world’s most popular Web browser.

Details and download here and non-English language details here.

Filed under Coopetition, IE7, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, Yahoo

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