IE 7 to be released via Windows Update

CNET reports via Slashdot that IE 7 will be pushed to installations of Windows not yet branded as pirated (yes, the Genuine check will have to be run…AGAIN) via Windows Update later this year. The installation will be optional, though, with an upgrade screen which will permit users to choose to install it now, defer it for later, or say “no thanks.”

I’ve got mixed emotions about this one. Clearly I think IE 7 is a vast improvement over IE 6 (I run Beta 3 at work) because it does fix a few things that have bothered me in IE 6 for the last five years (PNG-alpha support, etc.), and it wouldn’t bother me one iota if my IE 6 visitors started transitioning to IE 7 rapidly.

That being said, IE 7 is a major, major upgrade. CSS hacks supported in previous versions of IE won’t be supported anymore, which will break a LOT of Web sites. My advice to Web developers? Get Beta 3 now, put it on a machine (you should still keep a box around with IE 6 for the present) and start a round of rigorous testing and fixing to make sure that when the final upgrade hits, all the sites you may operate will make the transition smoothly. I can imagine a majority of current IE 6 users will make the migration when prompted, and I for one hope they do, because I’ve been absolutely itching to use 24-bit transparent PNGs on my sites since I found out what they were, and haven’t been able to because the IE workaround is such a pain. ;)

10 thoughts on “IE 7 to be released via Windows Update

  1. NotMyBest2Day

    What I did for testing my CSS/coding to see if it worked was to pull up my own site here on the LAN (since I develop locally and upload the finished results to the Internet) with Firefox on Linux, and if it looks like I intended, then it’ll work for all. One of my biggest issues was the HTML book I bought a few years ago, had all the values in CSS and the actual page itself in double quotes, even though that’s very anti-standard. When a friend of mine on NS7 couldn’t even look at my page, that’s when I had to figure it out by trial & error, and discovered that the Gecko engine, as well as W3C, frowns upon double-quoted values.

  2. NotMyBest2Day

    What I did for testing my CSS/coding to see if it worked was to pull up my own site here on the LAN (since I develop locally and upload the finished results to the Internet) with Firefox on Linux, and if it looks like I intended, then it’ll work for all. One of my biggest issues was the HTML book I bought a few years ago, had all the values in CSS and the actual page itself in double quotes, even though that’s very anti-standard. When a friend of mine on NS7 couldn’t even look at my page, that’s when I had to figure it out by trial & error, and discovered that the Gecko engine, as well as W3C, frowns upon double-quoted values.

  3. beanboy89

    I had a less-than-pleasant experence with IE7 Beta 2 preview on my “testbed” PC. It totally trashed my Windows install to the point of me reformatting and reinstalling XP (I blame myself for that ;-) ). I’ll probably give the x64 version of IE7 Beta 3 a chance on my new system once I get it built, though.

    One thing I do fear about the widespread use of IE7 is that alot of users will complain about the breakage of websites coded for use in IE5+ that use non-standard code not supported by IE7. But ovreall, I see IE7 as a right step for Microsoft and the everyday computer user, but presonally, I’ll stick to using Gecko-based browsers. :-)

  4. beanboy89

    I had a less-than-pleasant experence with IE7 Beta 2 preview on my “testbed” PC. It totally trashed my Windows install to the point of me reformatting and reinstalling XP (I blame myself for that ;-) ). I’ll probably give the x64 version of IE7 Beta 3 a chance on my new system once I get it built, though.

    One thing I do fear about the widespread use of IE7 is that alot of users will complain about the breakage of websites coded for use in IE5+ that use non-standard code not supported by IE7. But ovreall, I see IE7 as a right step for Microsoft and the everyday computer user, but presonally, I’ll stick to using Gecko-based browsers. :-)

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