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Yahoo Ships IE7 a Day Early

Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced final shipping code for Internet Explorer 7, but Yahoo says it already posted its customized version of the final code today.

Windows enthusiast site Activewin.com posted a link to Yahoo’s downloads page for IE7 on Wednesday. Strangely enough, Microsoft declines to comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s official version is rumored to be available as soon as tomorrow.

Yahoo is a close partner to Microsoft in many areas and provides a customized version of IE to its users, which includes the Yahoo toolbar and other Yahoo-specific features.

"[This statement] is to confirm [that] a Yahoo optimized version of IE7 is currently available for download from Yahoo, as of today," according to a Yahoo spokeswoman.

"Yahoo worked closely with Microsoft on the release of the Yahoo-optimized version of Internet Explorer 7," a statement sent by Yahoo said.

IE7 adds long-awaited new features, including tabbed browsing and a built-in RSS (Really Simple Syndication) client. Microsoft had divulged earlier this month that IE7 is slated to ship in October.

The Yahoo-customized version of IE7 is available for download here.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.