I was surprised to find this little gem posted on IEBlog, which is posted below. May be because IE7 adoptation is below that of IE6 and Firefox. I checked one of my blogs just now and IE7 got about 17%.
So going along this logic, M$ might tighten WGA on XP and rlax it on VISTA in order to gain market share or self promotion. M$ just allowed OEM to continue selling XP for another 5 months.
I have tested VISTA but will not use until I write a whole set of rules on my firewall. I don't want Uncle Bill to see what kind of panties I am wearing! ;) Don't worry, I am a developer and I develop for all, I even have a MSDN account. I do not need to crack WGA or use hacked versions of Windows. I just don't like any one doing anything on my computers without my consent. So I have my XP so tight the boldie will break something trying to penetrate!
Here is an excerpt from IEBLOG
Because Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, we’re updating the IE7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users. With today’s “Installation and Availability Update,” Internet Explorer 7 installation will no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and will be available to all Windows XP users. If you are not already running IE7, you can get it now from the Internet Explorer home page on Microsoft.com, get a customized version from a third-party site, or, if you haven’t already received it via Automatic Updates, this version will be delivered to you as we described previously. If you are already running IE7, you will not be offered IE7 again by Automatic Updates.
Additionally, we’ve made minor changes to IE7 for Windows XP based on customer feedback:
- The menu bar is now visible by default.
- The Internet Explorer 7 online tour has updated how-to’s. Also, the “first-run” experience includes a new overview.
- We’ve included a new MSI installer that simplifies deployment for IT administrators in enterprises. Learn more about it here.