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Internet Explorer 7 & 8 Overview

Internet Explorer or IE as its commonly known is Microsoft's web browser that comes bundled with Windows. It's one of the most popular web browsers in use today although other browsers like Firefox are creeping in on its territory.

Microsoft's latest version of Internet Explorer (as of this writing) is now available to all Windows users as a free download. Microsoft will also distribute Internet Explorer as a high priority update via Automatic Updates if you have it enabled. Internet Explorer includes the following key features designed to enhance the end user's experience.

New look - The Internet Explorer window frame is reorganized to make it more streamlined and less cluttered by eliminating items not commonly used.

Tabbed browsing - With tabbed browsing users can view multiple sites in a single browser window and easily switch from one site to another via tabs at the top of the window frame. After opening multiple tabs, users can view and manage them with an at a glance thumbnail view in a single window.

Tab Groups - This feature allows tabs to be grouped and saved in categories. Users can open all pages within a group with a single click, saving them time in opening pages they visit regularly. You can set a tab group to open automatically every time they launch IE from the Start menu, so the pages they want open are retrieved as soon as they open the browser.

Instant Search - Users can enter their Web queries directly in a search box within the Internet Explorer frame. They can also choose their favorite search provider from a drop-down list or easily add more.

Advanced printing - A shrink to fit printing feature automatically resizes all the text on a Web page to create the proper width for printing.

Page Zoom - With this feature, users can enlarge or zoom in on individual Web pages, including text and graphics.

Phishing Filter - Microsoft's new Phishing Filter provides better protection against malicious Web site operators and helps prevent users from becoming the victims of online fraud. The Phishing Filter warns users about suspicious sites and blocks access to confirmed phishing sites.

Fix My Settings - To help prevent users from browsing with unsafe settings, Internet Explorer alerts users with an Information Bar when current security settings may put them at risk.

Delete Browsing History - The Delete Browsing History option extends enhanced protection to user privacy and passwords. This feature enables users to instantly clean up cached pages, erase any passwords, form data and cookies, and clear their browsing history with a single click.

The latest Internet Explorer will run on Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and comes included with Windows Vista and Windows 7.


 

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