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September 3rd, 2005 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

There was an IE7 Beta chat yesterday and we got to know some interesting facts about IE7. Here are some interesting/important notes:

Q: Will a download manager be included in IE7 two of the competitors for IE being FireFox and Opera both have download managers built in the browser?

A: A download manager will not be included in the IE7 release.

Q: Why can’t IE download a file direct to the selected folder, instead of putting it in the temp folder first ?

A: because it has to look at the file and give user information about the file before asking them to make the decision to save or not.

Q: I dont see much change from IE6 and IE7 except UI, what do you think? Did you made many changes?

A: There is plenty of change. The first beta is focused on infrastructure so many of the changes are not so obvious at this stage. There is a great focus around security in IE7 some of which is obvious and some not so obvious. We also have some enhancements to HTML and CSS on the way as well.

Q: Is nonstandard charcters going to be supported in IE7? For instance http://www.Γ₯re.se which works fine in Opera

A: I assume you are talking about International Domain Name support in IE7. Yes, we plan to support those.

Q: top three best features of the next release?

A: 1 – Security. Especially Protected mode in Windows Vista. 2 – Tabs and the great new User experience that you’ll see in beta 2. 3 – Printing that really works instead of cutting off the right hand side of the page.
That’s a personal list of the things I like

Q: Why do you believe that Internet Explorer will still matter in the next 2 to three years with popular alternatives out there on the market, especially with the success of FireFox gaining a whopping 75 million users?

A: While our competitors do hold a noted share of the browsing market, we are sure that IE7 will always be relevant due to the integration between all of our products as well as new features. Some of the new features we are integrating into the next generation of IE are advanced security elements like our phishing tool. Also our adoption of industry standards such as tabbed browsing, not to mention the number of developers that specifically develop .NET certified pages that are designed specifically for IE. All in all, there will always be people who prefer certain browsers (there are still hundreds of thousands of people who choose AOL) but we are sure that by the time of release we will have a far more feature rich application than Firefox can offer. Thanks for your question and I hope this helps address some of your concerns!

Q: What is the most innovative work done in IE7?

A: Of all the work we are doing I’d have to say Protected Mode see http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/06/09/427410.aspx for a blog post on this. This work is pioneering in terms of security and needs the security infrastrcture in Windows Vista so unfortunately this is a Vista only feature. There’s plenty of other great security work that will apply to IE7 on XP SP2 though see http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/08/03/447207.aspx

Hope this helps all of you IE7 fanatics!

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16 Responses

  1. Xgen Says:

    Thanks for that information. Jabebekz

  2. Overdo Says:

    this wasn’t under NDA?

  3. Patrick E Says:

    If it falls within the same Windows Vista / Longhorn Server Beta 1 EULA, then no, there is no requirement of confidentiality according to Paul Donnelly.

  4. Patrick S Says:

    Looks Good Jabez,
    I thought Chats were…I stand corrected πŸ˜€

  5. Overdo Says:

    I thought that the EULA only applied to the builds themselves, for example posting screenshots. Microsoft Connect has its own TOU.

    Ah well no worries πŸ™‚

  6. Patrick E Says:

    Lol.. A lot of that information can be found on http://msdn.microsoft.com/ie/ or http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/ Either way, nothing top secret about any of that info πŸ™‚ Patrick

  7. Patrick S Says:

    Thats what I thought as well… But there are that many things getting leaked and showen that have a higer priotory.
    I dont think it matters at all…

  8. Jabez Gan Says:

    During this particular chat we were told that we can blog it (although we were discouraged to do so :P. It would be best we remove the name of the MS who answered the questions).

    Hope this clear things up.

  9. Jabez Gan Says:

    By the way, we can blog Beta 1 of Vista/LH too, according to an official post by Paul [MS].

  10. Patrick S Says:

    Oh awesome…That clears everything up then… Y not blog it πŸ˜› I am sure glad u did πŸ™‚

  11. Overdo Says:

    Jabaz thanks for clearing that up πŸ™‚

  12. André Nogueira Says:

    Thanks for the post!
    From what I could see, there won’t be ANY big changes in IE7 – and by that I mean it will ONLY have things other browsers have had for years.
    I got a free registration key for Opera, and I won’t go back to IE soon. I didn’t like Firefox, but I do love Opera.
    Maybe IE8 will change my mind… But IE8 is still light years away… πŸ™‚

  13. Patrick E Says:

    mmmm IE 8.0 — my current user agent string: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0b; Windows NT 6.0; .NET CLR 2.0.50215; SL Commerce Client v1.0; Tablet PC 2.0; Avalon 6.0.4030; WinFX RunTime 1.0.50215)

    Could change to:
    Mozilla/7.0 (very-very-compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 7.55; .NET CLR 5.0.12345; SL Commerce Client v3.1; Human PC Link 1.0Beta; Microsoft Teleportation Client 2010.1.55.020)

  14. Jabez Gan Says:

    LOL that’s a good one Patrick E.

    But I hate Opera, and I like IE and Firefox (Live Bookmarks). Big changes, I’ll wait till Beta 2 and see what new stuff do they have

  15. Patrick S Says:

    I like IE and FF is okay and i have never tried anything else…I may just get Opera…

    Deer Park Alpha looks nice πŸ™‚

  16. Bsd Says:

    Good job.