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The Beat Goes On For Internet Explorer: Page 2 of 7

Users have been able to organize their favorite bookmarks into folders for years. Now with the ability to have tabbed windows, you might naturally want to group the URLs for one set of tabs in a single folder. IE7 lets you do this with a folder name of your choice. Later, you can launch this entire set of pages with a single click. However, you can’t manage and organize the favorites list with this panel yet; you still need to go to the Organize Favorites menu option for that.

The new ActiveX opt-in feature prompts users to explicitly allow ActiveX controls to be installed and run.

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You can right-click feeds you've subscribed to in order to set up synchronization policies for each. IE7 also stores historical records of downloaded feed content, and you can select how much of this you wish to retain. When you set up background RSS feed downloads, IE7 actually creates a Scheduled Task item to download the content. Later, when you click on the feed in the feeds panel, the content is ready to be displayed. All this works once you enable Automatic Synchronization from the Internet Options dialog. To read a feed, all you need to do is click on it, and its content will appear on a new tabbed page. The February 2006 CTP release of Windows Vista also has the Sidebar, which lets users keep launchers for often-used programs and even for running applets (like the Clock and Calendar) for easy access. The RSS feeds you subscribe to in IE7 are automatically taken up and displayed by the RSS Feeds Sidebar Gadget, Microsoft's name for Sidebar plug-ins.

RSS feeds let you schedule updates and maintain a history of downloaded items.

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Enhancements to security phishing (for money, not trout or salmon) is on everyone's minds. IE7 includes a built-in anti-phishing filter that checks Web sites you visit and warns you if there's something suspicious. This works in two ways: The URL you're on is first compared against a central list (on the Internet) of known phishing sites. If the URL doesn't exist there, the page itself is scanned for particular characteristics, such as IP addresses in URLs and forms being submitted to locations other than where the rest of the page came from. This technique is based on black lists and on feedback from users who report bad sites they come across. To control this behavior, you get an icon in the status bar of the IE window to toggle checking, as well as to report a site as suspicious.