Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Released Today

Microsoft today released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and partner sites are going to release branded versions with their own search engines, such as Yahoo, Weather.com, and USAToday.com.

We listened carefully to feedback from many sources (including this blog) and worked hard to deliver a safer browser that makes everyday tasks easier. When I first posted publicly about IE7, I wrote that we would go further to defend users from phishing and malicious software. The Phishing Filter and the architectural work in IE7 around networking and ActiveX opt-in will help keep users more secure. IE7 also delivers a much easier browsing experience with features like tabbed browsing (especially with QuickTabs), shrink-to-fit printing, an easily customizable search box, and a new design that leaves more screen real estate for the web site you?re viewing. IE7?s CSS improvements are incredibly important for developers as many of you have made quite clear. I also think IE7?s RSS experience and platform are important, powerful, and innovative.

In addition to our release of IE7, Yahoo! has a customized version of the browser available today and over the next few days partners such as Weather.com and USA TODAY will offer their own customized versions. These versions will tailor the user experience with specific toolbars, additional search engines, favorites, and RSS feeds. Source: IEBlog

Downloading it now!

When we release IE7 it will be released via Windows Update as a Critical Update. This means that lots of computers will be getting IE7 installed on them in a reletively short time span. If you manage a web site you need to make sure you are ready for this change in the market.

Lots of sites have made IE specific changes to work around some of the idiosyncrasies of IE6. You will need to make sure these changes will still work with IE7. Source: Darryl Burling @ Work

How do you get ready for IE7? Here is a quote from another page on the IEBlog,

Download, install and test your products with IE7 RC 1 ?This is the fastest and best way to test for compatibility issues.

Download the IE7 Readiness Toolkit – This toolkit pulls together a number of important resources to help you prepare for IE7:

Developer and IT Pro readiness check lists,
Detailed documentation on important changes in IE7,
Testing and debugging guidance,
Tools for testing, debugging and investigating issues,
And more?

Download and use the Application Compatibility Toolkit ? Helps test browser-based applications to ensure they work with IE7.

Visit the Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Center ? You will find an array of important information for developers.

Use the Information Index for Internet Explorer7 ? Think of this as a table of contents linking you to documentation, blog posts, whitepapers and other information on IE7.

Read 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.

If you aren’t ready for IE7 I detailed some steps you can take to block it from loading on your computers or a network of computers int this post, Keep IE7 From Loading Until You Are Ready.