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Browser Updates for October 2006

By Kimberly Blessing | October 20th, 2006 | Filed in Browsers

Microsoft’s IE7 is out, Firefox 2 is on the horizon… and is there still room for Opera?

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From Microsoft: I’m sure that, by now, everyone has heard that the final release of IE7 is available. While only the English version is currently posted, other languages will follow soon. And while users currently have to go to Microsoft’s site to get the new browser, it will be available as an optional automatic update for XP SP2 users in November. (Here’s hoping that Microsoft will fix the security flaw already found before the automatic update. Read the MSRC’s report about the IE7 vulnerability.)

From Mozilla: Also released yesterday was Firefox 2.0 RC3. The final release is due by the end of the month.

The big question on many people’s minds is how will this affect browser usage percentages? After all, the release of IE7 comes at a time when IE’s market share is shrinking (from 93% in 2004 to 86%, source BBC).

Meanwhile, Opera Says It Can Still Compete In Browser Battle.

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#1 On October 20th, 2006 12:20 am