“Microsoft’s next generation browser, Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) has been available as a public beta for several months now. Currently in beta three, IE7 is planned to be finalized in the fourth quarter of this year (2006.) By putting IE7 out there in public beta for so long, it has provided Microsoft with a large amount of user feedback related to compatibility and functionality.
But to this date, not all applications have shown they work properly on the new browser and there’s some question as to whether or not these compatibility issues will be fixed by the time IE7 goes gold. Combine this with the fact that seventy to eighty-five percent of all Web users run IE (depending upon whose market share numbers you choose to use,) a large number of people could have their applications put in jeopardy by upgrading to IE7.
When Microsoft is ready with the final version of IE7, users who have Windows Update automatically install critical updates will suddenly find themselves running the new browser. Don’t want IE7 pushed onto your systems? The following IT Hub article shows how you can keep it from happening.