Yes, beta 3 of Internet Explorer 7 is available.
Naturally, I had to go grab it. I decided to uninstall beta 2 first, which sets you back to IE6. Then I had to restart. Once it restarted I ran the install for beta 3 and that install also included re-installing all of the IE-associated patches from Windows Update, along with the malicious software removal tool and various other stuff, so don’t think this is going to be a quick install. It’s not like it’ll take up your whole evening, but it will take a good chunk of time. Then there’s another restart involved.
A couple of odd notes. After the install finished, when I opened Outlook 2007, it ran through the “configuring Office 2007” screen for a couple of minutes as if it was a new install of Office. At least it didn’t ask me to re-activate the install! I’m assuming some of those updates touched Outlook and that was why, but I’m not really sure. The other odd thing, the first time I opened IE 7 beta 3 and ran through the “tour of new features” the menu bar was grayed out and none of the menus worked. Closing and reopening the browser fixed it. I didn’t notice if the menus didn’t work at first launch or if something in the “tour” disabled them.
Overall though, a pretty painless update.
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