Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

IE 7 Preview Release: Download, Test, Pray?

Category: Browsers, IE


Microsoft has put out there IE7 Beta 2 Preview.

We should make sure that our XHR code (or libs that we use) make sure to look up the native object first:


  1. if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
  2.           // If IE7, Mozilla, Safari, etc: Use native object
  3.           var xmlHttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
  4. } else {
  5.     if (window.ActiveXObject){
  6.           // ...otherwise, use the ActiveX control for IE5.x and IE6
  7.           var xmlHttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
  8.     }
  9. }

Microsoft is also calling out that we test our sites with IE 7 because along with them fixing box models and CSS, it means that our old IE 6 hacks can break the world.

Grab IE 7

Frequently Asked Questions for the IE7 Beta 2 Preview

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:16 am

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Pingback by МыÑ?ли о… » Blog Archive » IE 7 Beta 2 Preview — February 1, 2006

They obviously haven’t tested their own sites first…

Look at in IE7.

Comment by Rik Lomas — February 1, 2006

Sorry, my Windows XP system won’t run IE7. For some reason my Windows XP isn’t “Genuine” anymore. I purchased this laptop with XP pre-installed. I have no MS Windows CD. I do have the Product Key stuck to the bottom of the laptop, and it’s the one that I used. I guess it has been invalidated at some point. There is no way in hell that I’m going to spend $145 for another copy. I only use Windows to make sure my web sites work on MSIE and that’s it.

Comment by Phill Kenoyer — February 1, 2006

there some some sites IE freeze. i am not sure why but know that is becouse some js error. hope that will fix it soon

P.S.: you can find a fix for the not “valid” windows

Comment by vlado — February 1, 2006

The first thing I noticed was that everything is anti-aliased even though I have that turned off in windows, and in IE 6 it was not. It makes my nice LCD look all fuzzy and bad.
As far as JavaScript / CSS / HTML my code seems to be working fine, no broken IE hacks or anything.

Comment by Justin Laing — February 1, 2006

anybody found out if ajax responsetext can be read accessed before the request has ended? That’s the only thing i am hoping for in IE7

Comment by wooyay — February 1, 2006

Dont bother with the installer. Untar the file into a folder, in the folder make an empty file called iexplore.exe.local and run the exe. You can then have it alongside IE6.
It’s a big improvement. Testing with…
and I got down to lang and before: after: selectors before a failure.
Most disappointing is no min-width and max-width support yet. That would have made a major difference in fluid designs.

Comment by Ross Riley — February 1, 2006

Phill Kenoyer,

if your xp is legit, just call microsoft, they’ve been great in my experience about reactivating my legit copies of windows on new hardware upgrades etc… i think there’s even a phone number to call on that error page.

Comment by Cotton — February 1, 2006

The iexplore.exe.local did not seem to work for me…

The procedure entry point [insert garbage here] could not be located in the dynamic link library ntdll.dll.

Are you running SP2?

Comment by Sevey — February 1, 2006

I should have read the small print at the bottom of MS’s page…

Evaluation of Internet Explorer 7 should start now, but the software should not be used on production systems in mission-critical environments. Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems, but will ultimately be available for Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003.

Comment by Sevey — February 1, 2006

great, so all these 1000’s of people still using windows 2000 are going to have to put up with IE6

Comment by thicko — February 2, 2006

How beautifully ironic.
Firefox crashed as soon as the download finished.

Comment by Andru — February 2, 2006

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