Internet Explorer 7 Coming Soon

Microsoft’s latest version of Internet Explorer is due to be released soon.

On the IEBlog Microsoft announced on October 6, 2006 the latest version of Internet Explorer (now called Windows Internet Explorer) will be released to consumers very soon.

The post was directed to website owners and web designers/developers asking if the website(s) in their care are ready for the Internet Explorer upgrade due at the end of October 2006.

IE7 RC 1

IE7 RC 1 is available for download so website owners and web designer/developers can check their websites before the final release to the general public.

Microsoft has made some changes to Internet Explorer to bring it more inline with the W3C standards. If you own a website or are a web designer/developer get the IE7 RC1 release now and put your website(s) through the paces to make sure the websites you own/manage are up to snuff before the final Internet Explorer version is released to the general consumer.

Windows Internet Explorer 7 New Features

Windows Internet Explorer 7 has some new features:

  • New look
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Improved printing
  • RSS Feed
  • Multiple searches
  • Improved security

The features list is available on the Internet Explorer 7 features page.

Internet Explorer Update

The Internet Explorer 7 upgrade will be released via Automatic Updates as a High Priory update when released to the general public.

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.

If you do not wish to wait for the automatic update you can install the new Internet Explorer browser now. See our Internet Explorer 7 Released for more details and a caution about hackers sending links to a version with Trojans included.

For those consumers who have Windows set to automatically install updates you won’t know when it is downloaded until you see the message from Windows that Internet Explorer has been downloaded and is ready to install.

Also, the upgrade will also install Microsoft’s Windows Defender, a spyware defence program.

Internet Explorer Upgrade

The first time you use Internet Explorer after the upgrade you will notice the changes right away. Some of the old favourite features will appear to be missing but actually they are just moved or hidden after the Internet Explorer upgrade.

A few of the things you will notice right after installation:

  • The menu bar appears to be missing. It’s not, it s hidden.
  • The address bar has moved to the top of the browser window.
  • The type on the screen seems darker.
  • The toolbar icons have moved.
  • Add to Favorites has changed.
  • There are some new icons in the toolbar.

Those are just a few of the things I noticed right away that were different with the new Internet Explorer.

Not to worry! We are working on new tutorials to help you find and use your old favourite tasks and introduce you to Windows Internet Explorer’s new features.

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