Microsoft Delivers Pair of Internet Explorer Betas
The Redmond software vendor is beta-testing in tandem the IE 7.0 code that is part of Vista and the stand-alone IE 7.0 release that runs on older versions of Windows.Microsoft Corp. made available to beta testers on Wednesday two slightly different test versions of Internet Explorer 7.0, the next version of the companys Web browser. Microsoft included IE 7.0 bits in the Beta 1 build of Windows Vista that the company began distributing, via download, to beta testers on Wednesday. It also released a separate beta of IE 7.0 that currently will run on Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2 machines only. (Ultimately that stand-alone beta will run on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 systems, too.)
Microsoft made the stand-alone IE 7.0 Beta 1 version available only to the same set of testers that are part of the Vista beta program.