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It's coming....IE7 I mean!

It's coming....IE7 I mean!

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I was reading Mr Overton's blog a week or so ago, and found a great post about the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7.  Did you know that the final release of IE7 is going to be available this month to download?  Did you also know that, after a few weeks of being available to download, it will be delivered to users through Automatic Updates?  The reasoning behind this?  To ensure that our customers and users are more secure and more up-to-date.

So that's 2 little nuggets that you may or may not already know, but what else can I tell you about IE7?  Well, as David says, we have made great improvements, release on release, of IE7, yet it is still imperative that you, the website owners, ensure that your sites are compatible with IE7.  We aren't going to leave you on your own to figure this out, don't worry.  We have produced a great deal of documentation, tools and other resources to assist site, extension and application owners in their testing and development efforts to ensure they are compatible with IE7 - we've also worked with a number of companies to resolve issues over the past few months.

So, how can you ensure your sites are compatible?  Well, first things first, you are going to need IE7, right?  Well, you can download the RC1 version here, unless of course, you are running Vista, in which case, you don't need to download!  Secondly, you should head on over to these links and check out the following:

In the red corner is....The Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit:

The Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit provides an easy way for any audience that is involved in the development, test, deployment or support of web sites, extensions, and/or applications to prepare for Internet Explorer 7. This Readiness Toolkit was previewed at the MIX06 conference in March 2006 and received rave reviews. The Toolkit provides the following:

  • Pointer to the latest publicly available build of Internet Explorer 7.
  • Developer Checklist including new features and changes of interest to application and web developers should be aware of.
  • Testing guidance and tips for isolating and identifying a particular compatibility problem.
  • Tools for development and testing.
  • Links to resources, technical articles and helpful blog posts.
  • Various methods for providing feedback to Microsoft.

In the blue corner is....The Application Compatibility Toolkit:

Helps test browser-based applications to ensure they work with IE7.

In the orange corner is....The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Center

Find an array of important information for developers.

In the green corner is...The Information Index for Internet Explorer 7

Think of this as a table of contents linking you to documentation, blog posts, whitepapers and other information on IE7.

and finally, in the pink corner (don't ask) (also don't ask about this pentagon-shaped boxing ring) is....The IE Team Blog

Use the search feature on the right to find previous posts on almost any topic you can think of with regard to IE7.

This is all well and good, but what if you don't want to install IE7, and what if you are an Enterprise that don't want to install IE7 when it is being delivered through Automatic Updates?  Well, Automatic Updates will notify users when IE7 is ready to install and show a welcome screen that presents key features and choices to “Install”, “Don’t Install”, or “Ask Me Later”.  In an Enterprise environment, we are also providing a Blocker Toolkit for our customers who may want to block automatic delivery of IE7 in their organisations; this blocker has no expiration date.  Enterprise customers can download the free Blocker Toolkit from the Microsoft Download Center today. We’ve also made additional information for IT administrators available at the Windows Update/Microsoft Update site on TechNet.

I hope you find it useful :-)


  • That's right, Internet Explorer 7 was coming quicker than I thought! It's available now for download

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