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There is a lot of coverage in particular for the CSS changes in IE7 in the CSS forum [webmasterworld.com], including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I've done it myself, using VMWare, and it works fine.