Revised IE7 Naming in Windows Vista

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Revised IE7 Naming in Windows Vista

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I had mentioned a while back that we planned to call the version of IE7 in Windows Vista “Internet Explorer 7+”. Well, the feedback we got on the blog was overwhelming – many of you didn’t like it. So, as we’ve said on our website, we heard you. I’m pleased to announce that we’re switching the name back to “Internet Explorer 7”. No plus. No dot x. Just “Internet Explorer 7”.

Specifically, here are the official full names:

  • For Windows XP: “Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP”
  • For Windows Vista: “Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista”

Those can be a bit of a mouthful, so you’ll see us using the shorter “Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP” and “Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista” when we need to refer a platform-specific feature (like Protected Mode in Windows Vista). We’ll use “Internet Explorer 7” to talk about IE in general and features that are consistent across all platforms (like the Phishing Filter).

We’re glad we checked with you all before we shipped so we didn’t go out with an unpopular name. Thanks for all your feedback – keep it up!

Tony Chor
Group Program Manager

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