Internet Explorer 7 was released to manufactering (RTM-ed) by Microsoft yesterday. IE7 can be downloaded from the IE7 site on microsoft.com. The download for Windows XP SP2 is 14.8 MB in size and was digitally signed by Microsoft on October 17, 2006.
I am still debating whether to install it or not on my main OS because I am a bit worried about web site compatibility. A lot of web sites probably delayed updating their site for IE7 (if needed) until the inevitable hit. So it might be better to wait a little till enough other people have hit those sites with IE7 and complained to the site owners. I guess I will probably try it out in a Virtual PC before installing it on my host OS.
Don't be confused by the version number of the IE7 installer executable: the version number of the download is 188.8.131.52. Here are some version numbers of the included components:
|mshtml.dll||7.0.5730.11||Trident rendering engine|
|wininet.dll||7.0.5730.11||Internet Extensions for Win32|
|ieapfltr.dll||7.0.5824.16386||Microsoft Phishing Filter|