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Tonight, like most nights, I found myself surfing the web and checking email rather late – later than I should, anyway. So, I stumble upon an email announcement from Microsoft informing consumers that starting now, you can purchase a “Vista Compatible PC” today and you may be eligible for what they are calling an Express Upgrade to Windows Vista. First off, my thought is “Express? Right … ” After laughing at the thought of Microsoft doing anything in an Express fashion, I took a look at the list of Vendors participating in this program – including the likes of Levono, HP, and Sony. One participator on the list included Dell – no surprise there – so I went to their “Vista Upgrade Site” to check out a few of the compatible machines that they are offering as apart of this program. After surfing for a moment, trying to find more details on how Dell is going about it, I notice they offer a link to www.dellvistaupgrade.com. What is even more stunning to me is the information that appears when the page displays which states that you will then be able to redeem your ‘voucher’ or whatnot after November 13, 2006. I am baffled here because all of the other manufacturer’s state that Vista will not be redeemable until Vista’s release, projected in early 2007. That date makes more sense because that is when it has been slated for a while. Now, my next thought was that maybe this November date posted by Dell is for the Enterprise edition for businesses, and this could be true. However, Other sources read that Enterprise editions will only be available via volume licensing, so why would Dell go public to the average consumer and post such a date for a business product without at least being more specific? Could this be a fast one that Windows attempted to pull on us but Dell has let out of the bag? Personally, I have my doubts and I believe that there is either a mix up or this ‘release date’ is for the Enterprise edition. What’s your take on it? In case this is a mixup or a ‘spilling of the beans’, and Dell clears off the information by the time you go to the link above, here is a link of a screenshot I took.

After five years and numerous security flaws, Microsoft finally makes the much needed significant update to Internet Explorer. On Thursday, Microsoft formally announced the release of its flagship web browser, Internet Explorer version 7. The new browser brings forth a dramatic change in appearance and usability. But that’s not all, IE7 packs plenty of new features and abilities to its security ravaged predecessor. IE7 brings in support for RSS (Real Simple Syndication) news feeds, and a few helpful anti-phishing and pop-up blocker tools. Most of these tools have already existed in IE’s competition, Firefox and Opera for some time.

However, less than a full day of its released, a Danish security company revealed a security flaw that IE7 has apparently picked up from its predecessor, IE6. Moreover, the security flaw has been considered ‘less critical’ and difficult to exploit.

Now that IE7 has released, I will take many of the new features listed earlier and expand on them and tell how accurate they really are. The big story for IE7 will be how much more secure it can be than IE6. With the added tools, it certainly does look more secure in nature. However, only time will tell; and as for me, I think I will stick with Firefox, version 2 which is primed for release any day now.