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IE7Beta 3 is now available

You may be thinking to yourself..

“So what?  A few bug fixes…”

or

“Beta 2 is good enough for me.  I’ll just wait until the final release.”

Well.. that was my initial reaction, too.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: IE 7 ROCKS.  But after hearing about this new beta being available, I checked the IE Team’s blog to find the real story.  It looks like they’ve made a few nice cosmetic changes, as well as some functional changes.  I won’t go into the details here (you can read their blog for more details and pictures), but things such as easy re-ordering of  tabs (drag-n-drop!) have been added, as well as fixing the support for authenticated FTP sites.   They also announce the return of the “Read Mail” button (apparently its disappearance caused a few anxious support calls.)

And a link from the IE team blog lead me to the Team RSS Blog, where details on how they’ve improved RSS support are described. 

“I sure hope they allow me to easily refresh all of my feeds under a specific folder.”

Your wish is granted!  I wanted that one, too.

“What about letting me NOT automatically mark a feed as read, if I don’t have time to read all of it?”

Yep.  That too!  Details on how these new features work are in this post on the Team RSS blog.

Convinced?

“Yes!  But do I need to un-install my previous beta installs first?”

Yes, you do.  Here’s a post on the IE 7 Team Blog on how to do that.

And that’s what I’m going to do right now.  Here is the IE home page.

 

  • Overall, it's a great upgrade; however, I'm not entirely pleased the way it handles RSS.  I'd rather work in two panes - one showing the RSS feed, and the other displaying my selected article.  This everything-on-one-page is irksome.  (In my opinion, of course.)

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