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I presume as users have this auto updated on their systems, live search traffic will go up due to the search tool on the top right hand box?
At least having ditched the G Toolbar, I don't have to worry about that one! :)
If so it will be important to be able to keep checking pages in IE6 as it renders very differently to IE7.
Yes, it is important. Unfortunately, at the moment, I don't know of any instructions for running IE6 in side-by-side mode. I have 5, 5.5 and 7 in side-by-side. Search the web for " Test Internet Explorer 7 Without Installing It". The issue with the approach is that the IF IE7 conditional comments don't work. This makes true testing tough since many of the old IE6 CSS hacks don't work in IE7... yet IE7's CSS renderer is still woefully noncompliant... so conditional comments are the way many are going.
And, yes, we're going to need to test under IE6 for a very long time into the future in addition to IE7. Even with the automatic upgrades within Windows XP, the following users will still be unable to run IE7:
Windows 98/Me Users: 4% of the online world
Windows 2000 Users: 7% of the online world
Windows XP SP1 Users: Some of the corporate world
Anyone who can't get Windows Genuine Advantage to work: a significant percentage of Windows installs
[edited by: CritterNYC at 2:30 pm (utc) on Oct. 19, 2006]
* The ClearType is horrific and the fact that it is defaulted to ON is disturbing. Yes, I am using an LCD.
* While the toolbar looks cleaner - I am yet to determine whether its usability has either increased or decreased.
* Favorites function is still as archaic and featureless as it has ever been.
* When you increase the zoom to 125% or above sliced images display seams.
* I think it loads slightly faster than the old version, which is a nice direction to take.
While my first impression is that it is an improvement; I cannot help but think this should have been out years ago, it really isn't that dramatic to warrant years of development time.
[edited by: visca at 3:09 pm (utc) on Oct. 19, 2006]
I've closed and opened it three times, and it's continuing to try and run the runonce page each time. It currently seems to be stuck (no or extremely lagged response when clicking it on the taskbar - I'm posting from Firefox). It does seem to have loaded the title of the runonce page.
I already strongly disliked it from the Beta, and I'm finding myself liking it less with each minute.
Decreased. Trust me. The old layout has worked perfectly fine for 10 years.
I prefer the old layout, too, but let's face it: Old habits die hard. I'd guess that, within a few days, I'll be using the new button arrangements without thinking. (Twelve hours after installing IE7, I'm already having trouble remembering what the IE6 layout looked like.)
I'd guess that, within a few days, I'll be using the new button arrangements without thinking.
Exactly, it's not as if we're ever going to be using menus and the layouts we've all grown to love in 10 or 20 years time, was it? (or should that have been 2 years?)
My first IE7 experience was brilliant.
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
Most likely causes:
You are not connected to the Internet.
The website is encountering problems.
There might be a typing error in the address.
That'll probably be the second one then, microsoft's page being down...
There's a lot more of course, that I've noted on my site in a post about the beta version. Such as screwy scrolling that wasn't there in IE6, mud-like speeds when zoomed in, loads of other faults.
Installation went OK for me though! It only took 5 minutes.
[edited by: Hester at 3:50 pm (utc) on Oct. 19, 2006]
Firefox's sidebar can't be stretched as wide as IE7's!
Maybe not out of the box, but you can edit userChrome.css to allow a wider width. It's a max-width thing, but I can't remember the exact code right now. But yeah, it's dumb to have a sidebar that you can't stretch out to the full browser width if you want - or say 90% or so, just to keep some of us less alert users from "losing" the viewport entirely! ;)
I'll probably install IE7 on my laptop this evening. I'm going to let my Dad's computer go a few weeks and see what happens with the automatic updates. He'll never know if he gets IE7 or not . . . I've had him on Firefox for years now, he loves it, and hasn't opened IE at all in months.
A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.
The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the handling of redirections for URLs with the "mhtml:" URI handler. This can be exploited to access documents served from another web site. (...) Secunia has confirmed the vulnerability on a fully patched system with Internet Explorer 7.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP2. Other versions may also be affected.
Solution: Disable active scripting support.
Can you run a standalone version of IE6 (for checking) in XP once you have upgraded to IE7?
Yes, I've got IE7 installed with IE4, 5, 5.5 and 6 all installed standalone and all of them seem to work as expected.
To install IE6 standalone:
1. Download ie6eolas_nt.zip from [browsers.evolt.org...]
2. Extract the files to a new directory
3. Create a shortcut to "iexplore.exe" called IE6
Also, not sure if that's been brought into discussion before (in which case I apologise) but is IE7 blocking 301s? It didn't work for me for several sites I tried whilst both FF and Opera go through o.k. Another thing which is quite annoying for me is the fact that you only have the option of the online installation. Having the redistributable was much more convenient as I used to keep a backup of all those 'useful' apps in a DVD-RW in case I have to re-install it especially on old PCs or ones that don't have Internet access.
So far as my test went (I've ditched IE 7 for now) I could not rearrange toolbars (despite unlocking them) - maybe that's because it was not fully installed. However, more worryingly, I discovered two things.
1) A rendering bug when scrolling - links with display:block were not drawn properly.
2) There may be issues with file downloads. I opened a page that initiates a file download after 2 seconds and the yucky little warning bar appeared.
Generally also like the large display area press 'Alt' key to toggle text menus on or off.
2) Yep, years, but then again only for a small percentage of users. IE7's being pushed out over automatic updates which will convert a majority of users over in one go.
IE6 will certainaly linger for many years. I still have the occasionally windows 95 visitor on IE 4 and 1-2% on IE5. Where do you draw the line? If you have access to web logs look there and decide what you consider a significant number of visitors.
And of course, to top it off, CSS is not fixed.
[edited by: Stormfx at 8:07 pm (utc) on Oct. 19, 2006]
Yep, years, but then again only for a small percentage of users. IE7's being pushed out over automatic updates which will convert a majority of users over in one go.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to ignore IE6 for a *LONG* time. Windows 98/Me/2000 users (11% of online users). Plus any of the big corporations still on XP SP1. Plus the big corps that hold off on IE7 for a year or more (or indefinitely) due to retraining and incompatibility issues. Plus anyone that can't get Windows Genuine Advantage to work.
Also the GUI still sucks more then a blackhole.
Have scientists been able to freeze people and unfreeze them in the future? I'd like to come back out around 2015 when IE8 comes out.
[edited by: JAB_Creations at 9:08 pm (utc) on Oct. 19, 2006]
I can see I am going to have to work at my rankings with live.com now that everybody will have it in front of their face all day.