If you have been waiting until IE7 was released in its final form, you can go ahead and download it now, as Microsoft has released Internet
Exploder Explorer 7 for Windows XP.
You can now use tabbed browsing, more CSS standards support as well as better RSS Feed integration. Nothing new there if you have been using alternate browsers like Firefox, Opera or Flock.
From the IE Blog:
We listened carefully to feedback from many sources (including this blog) and worked hard to deliver a safer browser that makes everyday tasks easier. When I first posted publicly about IE7, I wrote that we would go further to defend users from phishing and malicious software. The Phishing Filter and the architectural work in IE7 around networking and ActiveX opt-in will help keep users more secure. IE7 also delivers a much easier browsing experience with features like tabbed browsing (especially with QuickTabs), shrink-to-fit printing, an easily customizable search box, and a new design that leaves more screen real estate for the web site you’re viewing. IE7’s CSS improvements are incredibly important for developers as many of you have made quite clear. I also think IE7’s RSS experience and platform are important, powerful, and innovative.
I will be interested to see if it messes up anyone’s blog, and how slow the adoption is to get the new version. A friend of mine mentioned though that if anything, this is going to make it harder to convert people to Firefox because what will be Firefox’s key feature that people can’t live without? (Other than being less likely to have problems due to being a smaller target.)