Microsoft is allowing those interested to download a beta version of its latest internet explorer application IE7 in the hope that users who try the new version will be won over.

The new version, downloadable from

microsoft.com

comes with a number of features that Firefox or Safari users will be already used to including tabbed browsing, a built in search window and the ability to link to RSS feeds (like Pocket-lint.co.uk's) easily.

The new application has also had a design makeover showing more of each webpage you visit rather than the bulky toolbars of version 6.

One nice feature is the introduction of Quick Tabs that allows you to view several tabs at one go if you've over tabbed yourself.

The search feature comes as expected with MSN pre-loaded although you can customize your search by setting it to other search engines such as Google.

The software will even automatically monitor your computer to protect you from unwanted and malicious programs that can be installed on your system.

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems, but will ultimately be available for Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003.