Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

IE 7 Released

Category: Announcements, Browsers, IE

If you have not been playing with an early release to test your sites, maybe now is the time. IE 7 has been released to the wild and you can download it here.

The first word came from the IEBlog:

Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. I encourage everyone to download the final version from

We listened carefully to feedback from many sources (including this blog) and worked hard to deliver a safer browser that makes everyday tasks easier. When I first posted publicly about IE7, I wrote that we would go further to defend users from phishing and malicious software. The Phishing Filter and the architectural work in IE7 around networking and ActiveX opt-in will help keep users more secure. IE7 also delivers a much easier browsing experience with features like tabbed browsing (especially with QuickTabs), shrink-to-fit printing, an easily customizable search box, and a new design that leaves more screen real estate for the web site you’re viewing. IE7’s CSS improvements are incredibly important for developers as many of you have made quite clear. I also think IE7’s RSS experience and platform are important, powerful, and innovative.

In addition to our release of IE7, Yahoo! has a customized version of the browser available today and over the next few days partners such as and USA TODAY will offer their own customized versions. These versions will tailor the user experience with specific toolbars, additional search engines, favorites, and RSS feeds.

Is anyone seeing a bunch of new IE7 requests coming in? Found any issues with IE7 rendering bugs in your applications? It’s going to be a busy time!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:34 pm

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I am not sure if its good or not, but everyone I work with has already made the switch to IE7 with the betas. So I already got to fix all those wonderful new bugs it introduced.

I am very excited for IE7 and would love to see how early it is addopted. I hope we can soon rely on most users having it…one can only hope…

Comment by Philip Plante — October 18, 2006

i’m still going to have to be running it as a standalone since i’m sure for the next 6 months to a year (minimum) i’m going to still have to be supporting IE6 for my client work. this happened a week or two before i was expecting, great. :-/

Comment by naterkane — October 19, 2006

So here’s the article I want to see:

“How to install and manage IE7, IE6, and IE5.5 smoothly within WinXP running on Parallels” –> send it to and I’ll even publish it.

Comment by Rob Sanheim — October 19, 2006

[…] KÄ…gi jau oficialiai iÅ¡leistas IE7 WinXp. TeoriÅ¡kai galima diegtis jau patiems, o jei nenorÄ—site patys Microsoftas pats pasiÅ«lys kaip kokį kritinį pataisymÄ… (paprastai eiliniai vartotojai spaudžia Ok, kad viskÄ… atnaujinti). Tai reiÅ¡kia, kad stipriai sumažės IE6 naudojimas, bei prasidÄ—s dar vienas svetainių tvarkymo bumas dÄ—l IE7 skirtumÄ…. Vienas jų XmlHttpRequest naudojamas, dabar jis native. […]

Pingback by Vaidas Žilionis » IE7 išleistas WinXp — October 19, 2006

I assure you, anyone that downloads IE7, fiery ant DOOM shall rain down from the skies upon thy beautiful scenery, fine dining, time at the spa and general merriment…

Comment by Ryan Brooks — October 19, 2006

Ditto naterkane, I’m not installing IE7 unless I can maintain IE6 in parallel. We’ll still all be hacking for IE6 for years to come.
Anybody got a foolproof way of installing IE7 and IE6 in parallel?

Comment by S Rimell — October 19, 2006

Not tested yet but look ok!

Comment by — October 19, 2006

I tested on my laptop some time ago. So ie worked not correctly. Some errors from interface and etc.

I supose instal ie7 and have standalone ie6

Comment by Vaidas Žilionis — October 19, 2006

The updates that were done to the rendering engine makes this a release that should have been 6.1

Comment by José Jeria — October 19, 2006

/me prays… (I don´t wanna rehack all my developments…)

Comment by Poseidon — October 19, 2006

It appears that IE7, both the beta and final versions, cause my version of dreamweaver 8 to forget the FTP connection information for all of the sites I have set up in it. Every time I switch which site I’m working on, or re-open the program I must re-enter my login name and password before uploading any material.

Comment by Terrill Dent — October 19, 2006

Terrill, that exact same thing has been happening to me, and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what caused it. It never occurred to me that IE7 might be the cause, but sure ’nuff, now that I think about it the problem did begin around the time I installed IE7b2…

Comment by Mr. Wilson — October 19, 2006

Does IE7 offer any real improvement in standards support? It doesn’t look like it does.

Comment by Steven Pothoven — October 19, 2006

Same here Terrill and Mr Wilson, strange huh…

Comment by S Rimell — October 19, 2006

So how long until the Cross Domain XHR Bug will be fixed? :)

Comment by Eric Pascarello — October 19, 2006

Hi folks; I’m worried that IE 7’s new way of working with ActiveX will break some important ActiveX objects that people have been using:

* XSLT processor – for doing XSLT
* DOM serializer – for turning a DOM into a string
* XML object – for working with XML documents

I’m worried that these either won’t work, because they have to be instantiated as ActiveX controls, or that the user will continiously be prompted for permission. I haven’t updated to IE 7 because I’m worried about these things; does anyone know yet?

Brad Neuberg

Comment by Brad Neuberg — October 19, 2006

How to install and manage IE7, IE6, and IE5.5 smoothly within WinXP running on Parallels

You’re not serious about IE5.5 really… or are you?

Comment by Tobie Langel — October 19, 2006

This is the perfect picture of the internet explorer installation:

I found this on my friends weblog, in this post:

Such a good screenshot

Comment by Matt Oakes — October 19, 2006

With regard to IE making Dreamweaver forgetful, check out this article which was sent to me from a Dreamweaver Support person.

Comment by Terrill Dent — October 19, 2006



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