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"IE7 Is Coming This Month"

 3:55 pm on Oct 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

This was posted on the IEBlog last Friday: "IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready?"

The final release of IE7 is fast approaching ... and I mean really fast ... and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it's available for download.

So no RC2, I guess.



 6:18 pm on Oct 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I wonder if the search box in IE7 will use MSN Live? I wonder how many people will use the new search box if it is distributed by automatic updates?


 7:12 pm on Oct 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can someone post a good link for IE7 stuff e.g.
- Where to get a test copy of IE7?
- What are the main CSS issues to cover?


 7:17 pm on Oct 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

You can get the latest (and perhaps last) release candidate from microsoft.com:


There is a lot of coverage in particular for the CSS changes in IE7 in the CSS forum [webmasterworld.com], including:

  • CSS in IE7 -- What's Fixed, What's Not, What's New [webmasterworld.com]

    As mentioned above, IE7 is going to be rolled out via Automatic Updates (although the end user is not obliged to update... for the moment). This browser is going to very rapidly gain a significant market share, so it is vital that you thoroughly test all your sites for compatibility.

  • DeweyW

     7:12 pm on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Apparently the IE7 phishing filter could give a false postitive on your e-commerce site and result in your site 'blascklisted' as a phishing hole.

    [edited by: encyclo at 7:15 pm (utc) on Oct. 11, 2006]
    [edit reason] no URLs please, see forum charter [/edit]


     9:03 pm on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    I've using IE7 for several months now and I've been very pleased.

    No issues with current sites at all, but the tabs can be tricky, because like FF and SF, a new tab doesn't open a new Session. You still have to open a whole new instance to have multiple Sessions.

    But I haven't had any bugs, or issues with Active X, etc. The only thing that's weird is that some sites don't recognize the installed Macromedia components.


     3:59 am on Oct 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

    This browser is going to very rapidly gain a significant market share, so it is vital that you thoroughly test all your sites for compatibility.

    Will we have to have a copy of IE 6 to test for backwards compatibility?


     7:41 am on Oct 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Will we have to have a copy of IE 6 to test for backwards compatibility?

    IE 7 is only available for XP (and Vista). There still are quite a number of users out there working with IE 6 on 98, ME or 2000, who cannot upgrade their browsers, so IE 6 will probably keep some market share.

    That means it's definitely worthwhile to keep testing your sites on IE 6.


     10:50 am on Oct 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

    As usual with MS though, it's not going to be easy to have 6 and 7 on the same machine.


     9:47 pm on Oct 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Maybe it will be even impossible to hold IE 6 and 7 on the same machien but mor eimportant whether if 7 will be a major security improvement


     9:54 pm on Oct 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Will we have to have a copy of IE 6 to test for backwards compatibility?

    I am not going to bother doing that. But I have always avoided the IE6 hacks etc, so I doubt that will be much of an issue.


     2:22 am on Oct 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

    I did not intend to upgrade to IE7 as I am a FF user. However, when I upgraded Windows(xp home) IE7 was installed with the upgrade.

    Though I like IE7 much better as a browser, it is a pain no longer having IE6 on my machine because I am developing a site that has many rendering problems in IE6 and of course, my client has i.e.6 and, more importantly, most of her customers will have IE6 for quite a long time.

    Is it possible for me to download a copy of IE6 to use for web development? Even if I have to give up IE7, it would be better for me for the time being.



     8:20 am on Oct 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Internet Explorer 7.0. Homepage/startpage.

    We are running a site that quite a few people have put as their homepage/startpage.

    BTW - What is the correct name "homepage", "home page" or "startpage", or "start page"? It seems homepage should be YOUR own homepage like a blog, while "startpage" should be the page your browser opens on. It seems like IE 7.0 has settled on "home page".

    I can confirm that the home page remains the same when you upgrade from IE 6.0 to release IE 7.0. Yet there is a new feature in IE 7.0 where you can have your only "home page" or have several "home page" tabs.

    The phishing issue is potentially a problem. I like the concept of protecting users from phishing yet if you should happen to be listed as a phisher you will be in serious trouble. Should not be a problem for legit sites, yet if Microsoft wants to nail your site it will be easy for them, the next step might be "DMCA Compliant" - they could just extend the phising feature to include copyright etc issues as well. Basically they can be able to close down any site at will - scary stuff... promote Firefox!
    Does anyone have an example of a site that has been blocked by this new anti-phishing feature?


     12:17 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

    As for IE6 and IE 7 use on the same machine, Microsoft says no way!. there are some work-arounds on the net but they do not give full capabilities to either browser.

    Microsoft says to run multiple IE's you should use VirtualPC or other virtualization software.


     12:23 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

    There is a way to install both, it invloves deleting a file on installation and a Registry change from memory, not difficult to do if you can follow instructions.

    As for IE6, I dont use it now, I do get people to check sites in it but I can pretty much develop a site and know if its going to work or not before I test it.


     2:34 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

    @CDNQuilter: you could create a virtual PC (using MS Virtual PC, for example) with an older version of Windows as guest OS. 98 or ME should be fine, and there are no technical restrictions to installing them. Then just upgrade the built-in IE to version 6.

    I've done it myself, using VMWare, and it works fine.


     8:08 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

    So if IE7 is getting installed without having a choice to upgrade to it, how do I handle client sites that I built that now are somewhat incompatable with IE7, as in needing some new css work. Should I have a problem charging them to upgrade their site because MS is forcing this on users?


     12:34 am on Oct 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Internet Explorer 7 is released

    Discussion continued here:


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