So tomorrow comes the new version of Internet Explorer ... anyone know what we (the end users) are supposed to expect? Will it automatically be installed (like the other Windows Updates) or am I gonna have to waste time clicking through each step for a browser that I'm not even going to use? Also, will I have to worry about Firefox's status as my default browser?
It's an annoying install, but it won't touch your existing settings. I have to have IE because several places at which I pay bills online aren't capable of handling Firefox, Grrr, so I installed IE 7 last week. My experience was that it was straightforward but very time consuming. Most of the installation took place after a reboot but before my login screen. Overall, it probably took about 20 minutes to install. Since then, I haven't noticed any differences from the beta, but I don't use IE that much. The wife likes it a lot and says it's a big improvement over the previous version. Just my experiences so your mileage may vary.
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I've already had IE on the computer here at work for like a week.
The only thing I don't like is the new (I think it's called) "Clear Type For HTML". It makes the text seem weird to me for some reason.
It's got the Phishing Filter just like Firefox 2 has. It has the Tabbed Browsing like Firefox. It's got Add-On Support like Firefox (though I doubt there will be as many Add-Ons available). It's got built-in RSS Feed Support like Firefox.
The default screen layout seems like it tries to maximize the text area. There is only a small row of toolbar buttons to the left and right of the tabbed browsing area. The Drop-Down Menus (File, Edit, View, and the rest) only show up when you hit the Alt key.
Originally posted by bash91I have to have IE because several places at which I pay bills online aren't capable of handling Firefox, Grrr,
Hey Tim, have you tried the IE tab extension for Firefox as a work-around? I use this for sites such as msdn where I spend a fair bit time but don't work properly under normal Firefox.
We've blocked the IE7 (edit: automatic) update at work as our main clients are continuing to run IE6 in a controlled environment, so its one less thing we have to check for at the moment (IE7 compatibility issues that is). I don't think it'll piss off too many of our staff though. Most use Firefox / Opera.
From playing a bit with the last release candidate, it does look quite good though.
Originally posted by cranlsnBe warned, some AV/Firewall combos will need to be disabled for the IE7 installation. I had to anyhow.
See, that's what I'm afraid of, that I'll have to screw things up just to accomodate Microsoft's new browser.
Anyway, I ended up installing it on one of the computers at work (the IT department didn't want us downloading the thing until they made sure all compatability issues were addressed, but it's a computer that's pretty much never used, so they wont' notice) ... Like I figured, it was a little more involved than the typical "Windows Update" installation, but nothing too serious. Of course, we don't use the same AV/firewall service at work that we do at home, so I think I'll put off installing it on the home computer for a little while longer.
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This is totally a guess, and I have no reason to believe that this will work, but I would try installing the TweakUI PowerToy for Windows XP. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.