Internet Explorer 7 Released

Today on the IE Blog it was announced that Internet Explorer has been released.

“Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. I encourage everyone to download the final version from http://www.microsoft.com/ie. …”

Source:  IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Available Now

There is another post on the IE Blog regarding the release of Internet Explorer 7 also:

“Now that we’ve released IE7 in English, I want to update everyone on our plans for other languages. The short version is that we will be releasing IE7 in all languages available for each version of Windows – twenty-four fully localized languages in total….”

Source:  IEBlog : IE7 for the World

October 19, 2006 Update:

On the IEBlog it is explained how the automatic updates will be distributed. IEBlog : Be Ready for Automatic Update Distribution of IE7 by November 1 explains that the automatic updates will be done over a few months. Internet Explorer 7 will not be installed without your consent according to this blog entry at the IEBlog. Your existing settings will be left as is (make sure you watch the questions on the screens as the browser is installed because there are opportunities to make changes as Internet Explorer 7 is installed).

The system requirements page for Internet Explorer 7 indicate that Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) operating systems are required. So it appears, for now, that those running older versions of Windows will not be upgraded.

Note:  All the links provided to download Internet Explorer 7 in this post were sourced from Microsoft. Apparently some hackers have sent out spoof links.

“Trojan download site spoofs IE7 release outlet

Hackers have created a bogus Internet Explorer 7 download site that attempts to load Trojan code onto the PCs of visiting surfers.

Traffic to the malicious website is being driven by a spoofed email message, claiming to be from support@microsoft.com, offering a link to download Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.”

Source:  The Register

What is Different in Internet Explorer 7?

I already gave the link to the changes in Internet Explorer in my Internet Explorer 7 Coming Soon post on October 9, 2006.

I have been using IE 7 RC1 for about a week now and there’s a few things I have had to get use to:

  • Tabbed browsing

    I don’t allow popups so when people build their links to open in a new window I get the little yellow message at the top of the viewing area saying a popup has been blocked, right click the yellow bar and tell Internet Explorer what you want it to do. When I come across a website that does this I have just got into the habit of right clicking the link and choosing open in a New Window from the menu that appears (saves having to wait for the page to reload if you tell Internet Explorer to allow the popup this time). Now you have a choice of opening the link in a New Window or a New Tab.

    Also, I’m so use to opening links in a new window that when I have tried out the New Tab feature I forget and click the X in the top of the browser window to close what I thought was a new window and get the “Do you want to close all tabs?” message. Old habits are hard to break.

    I have found tabbed browsing pretty handy while working on a website locally or when posting to a blog and need to refer to a source when quoting them (like I did at the beginning of this post).

  • Dead Links

    Now when you hit a dead link (try to go to a website that is gone or isn’t working at the moment) Internet Explorer gives you it’s own error page with a few options of what to do.

  • Security Certificate Expired

    If you are entering a website that has an expired security certificate Internet Explorer 7 shows you a warning page and suggests that you should not proceed. You can if you want to ignore the warning.

  • Add to Favorites

    The new Add to Favorites is cumbersome to me. I have all my links sorted into folders and now when you Add to Favorites the whole list of folders, including sub folders, are expanded. Good if you forget how you organized your Favorites but a pain if it goes in the folder at the very end of the list.

  • Menu Bar Missing

    Actually, the Menu Bar isn’t missing, it’s just hidden. To save browser window real estate, the Menu Bar is hidden (so are a few other things). Just left click the down arrow beside Tools then left click Menu Bar and it appears!

Off to install the official release of Internet Explorer 7 now. Internet Explorer tutorials will be coming soon.

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