Microsoft, the world’s leading producer of software, has confirmed reports that it will release its much-anticipated Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser via an optional download sometime during October, The Register reports.
The IE7 automatic update is expected a few weeks after the release of the optional download, likely within Microsoft’s typical monthly patch cycle for November or December, according to The Register. At that time, companies that aren’t prepared for the update, or don’t want to upgrade for whatever reason, will have the option of ignoring it, The Register reports.
Microsoft is currently asking developers and other users to vet the existing pre-release version of the browser, dubbed IE7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1), which was made available in August.
The Redmond, Wash.-based firm has collected a number of resources to aid the testing process, and they’ll be available on an IE blog located here.
In related news, Microsoft recently released what it claims is the final test version of its next-generation Windows Vista operating system, and a Goldman Sachs analyst last week said the software giant would likely meet its slated Vista release dates of November for manufacturers and businesses, and January for consumers. Vista has already been delayed on multiple occasions.
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