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IE 7 Beta 2 Breaks Outlook Web Links

Unless made the default Web browser, Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 reportedly breaks Web links in messages received through at least two versions of the Outlook email client.

The problem has been a topic of discussion on IE newsgroups on Microsoft's support site. The problem affects at least Outlook 2000 and 2003, and similar problems also were reported in Outlook Express.

If a computer user chooses Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox or some other browser as the default, IE 7 Beta 2 apparently prevents Outlook from launching a browser from an email link. Making IE 7 the default corrects the problem, which was confirmed independently by TechWeb on Outlook 2000.

"Happens to me with Firefox set as my default browser," a person, who went by the initials JS said in the newsgroup. "I changed my default browser to IE 7 and everything worked fine. Changed it back to Firefox, and it stopped working.

"Lame, if you ask me."

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