Microsoft today released the first public Internet Explorer 7 release candidate, IE7 RC1, for Windows XP. The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility.
Two important developments are that IE7 RC1 setup automatically detects and uninstalls previous IE7 betas before trying to install IE7 and secondly, it automatically detect add-ons with known stability or compatibility problems so that end users can easily get a newer version or temporarily turn the add-on off.
Internet Explorer 7 RC1 is available for download on Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003 systems. This release does not install on Windows Vista. Developers can run both IE6 and IE7 on a single machine using the free Microsoft Virtual PC.
They are encouraging web developers, enthusiasts, and IT professionals to finalize their testing and ready their environments for the final availability of Internet Explorer 7. The Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit that provides an easy way for those involved in the development, test, deployment or support of web sites, extensions, and/or applications to prepare for Internet Explorer 7.