| By Susan Bradley |
Internet Explorer 7 is back, having been missing in action after the IE team announced that WGA testing was being removed from the IE 7 download.
In other post-Patch Tuesday news, Sun Java starts advertising Open Office, and I revisit my misgivings about the recent Outlook Express patch.
Internet Explorer 7
IE 7 is back on Microsoft Update
Various Usenet posters started reporting a few days ago that the download of Internet Explorer 7 was missing from the Microsoft site and unavailable via Windows Update. As of Sunday evening, Oct. 14, it appears the download is back.
The Internet Explorer team announced that they were once again releasing the tweaked version of IE 7, which has its menu bar enabled by default and no requirement that a PC pass a WGA (Windows Genuine Activation) test.
We honestly don’t know why IE 7 was gone for nearly a week. People are assuming that it was removed while the menu bar and WGA changes were being made. The IE team has never explained why the browser couldn’t be downloaded during that period.
Users currently see IE 7 offered up as a high-priority patch. The patch process is now as follows: