Well, what a surprise today to login on CyberNet News and see Microsoft has indeed released IE7. This after many of us were lead to believe that the September 18th date was just a rumor, one which Microsoft had squashed.
Now I say it has been released, for some, right now only the following operating systems are supported (as indicated on the IE7 downloads Site):
- Windows XP with SP2
- Windows XP Pro x64 Edition
- Window Server 2003 x64 Edition
- Window Server 2003 with SP1
- Window Server 2003 ia64 Edition
If you are running Windows Vista (developmental versions) you will have to stick to IE7 RC1. If you are already running IE7 RC1 (which I am NOT) you do not need to uninstall to upgrade (although the release notes give a word of warning:
Upgrading Internet Explorer 7 from a previous build (not uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 first) can leave the computer in a confusing state for users who require Assistive Technology programs).
Oh and the download file for IE7 is 15MB, that is almost 3 times the size of Firefox 2 RC3 (5.6MB).