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Microsoft Names Vista Browser IE 7+

Microsoft gave its Windows Vista browser a new name on Friday, officially dubbing it Internet Explorer 7+ as a way to set it off from the edition for Windows XP.

In an entry on the IE team's blog, group product manager Tony Chor said that the new moniker would denote the Vista-only features in that OS's browser -- protected mode, parental controls, and better network diagnostics -- all of which are missing from the Windows XP version.

The two IE editions share the same code base, and except for the three Vista-specific features, are identical.

Beta 2 of both the XP and Vista versions are currently available, but the second beta for Vista won't be open to all users for several weeks, said Chor. At the moment, IE 7+ Beta 2 can be downloaded only by Vista beta testers.

User comments posted to the blog were generally unkind to the name.

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