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Microsoft has warned corporate administrators that it will push a new version of Internet Explorer 7 their way next month, and it has posted guidelines on how to ward off the automatic update if admins want to keep the older IE6 browser on their companies' machines.
Microsoft warns businesses of impending autoupdate to IE7 [infoworld.com]
- the end users win because they get a safer browser than IE6.
- webmasters win because everyone who moves away from IE6 is one more step towards not having to support that browser.
- Microsoft wins because they can concentrate on fixing bugs in one browser not two.
Of course it's not the death-knell for IE6 just yet, as corporate users won't be part of the forced upgrade.
Personally, I've got two computers, one with IE6 and the other one with IE7, and have had unresolved problems and annoyances with IE7 since the upgrade. So the IE6 machine will automatically upgrade unless I disable autoupdate, which is what I intend to do.
It's a secondary issue, but there are CSS inconsistencies with IE6 and not everyone out there allows autoupdates, so IE6 won't disappear completely.
<!--[if IE 6]>
<p style="font-size:200%; color:red; background-color:yellow; font-weight: bold">Please <a href="http://www.windowsupdate.com">update</a> your browser for enjoying all features of this website.</p>
Perhaps add a <blink>? :evil grin:
Or will that bit of CSS confuse it already ;-)
Alternatively you can also promote e.g. Firefox instead and earn a bit of money in the relevant referral program.
The faster we can get rid of IE6 the better. Actually the same is true to some extend or IE7: we really need compliance with standards, hence the push for IE8 or any other browser.
Unfortunately I'm still getting 48% of the IE using visitors on IE6.
Here is the (semi-)official announcement to say the dirty pirates can have IE7.
Because Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, we’re updating the IE7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users. With today’s “Installation and Availability Update,” Internet Explorer 7 installation will no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and will be available to all Windows XP users.
the IE7 will be loading slowly, and also sometimes it will open new tabs by itself
This is typical behaviour of Adware, download AVG anti-virus and Windows Defender, both free to use....
(incidentally, Vista comes with Defender included as standard)
only for xp users & vista users surely
As W2K is beyond the 7 year support time now, I imagine IE7 probably won't deploy to W2K anyway.
Don't know if anyone here has tried that?
It just occured to me that maybe the reason why my FF is slower is because of the tons of plugins and addons I've put on it, whereas my IE7 doesn't have any. FF loaded up quickly before and I've done the usual OS and disk optimisations. No doubt if I put all the DivX, Flash, Shockwave, Real, Quicktime, Adobe, Media Player, Java etc plugins onto IE 7 then it won't be quite so quick either.