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IE7: Get Your Compatibility Profile!

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Scott Graff, Program Manger for IE7 Compatibility, reports that the new version of Microsoft Internet Explorer will be released later this month, and will be delivered to Windows users via automatic updates in the coming weeks.

So what do businesses have to look forward to with the new release of Microsoft Internet Explorer?

more compatibility testing than signing up for an E-Harmony membership.

Let’s face it; new software translates to new problems, and IE7 is no exception. In their blog, the development team claims, “Compatibility with sites, extensions and applications has been a very high priority for us.” In the end, however, it appears that Microsoft is more concerned with the adaptation of the existing client base to their particular product ideal, rather than gearing said product to meet the needs of the current market.

So with that being said, let’s take a look at what the good folks over at the IE7 development team recommend for your business to prepare for launch:

- 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 Explorer 7 – 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.


I had less to do to prepare for my college entrance exams.

But wait, that’s not all! I forgot the gem of a read that comprises the release notes. Take a moment (or thirty) and see what you have to look forward to in this exciting new release of Microsoft Internet Explorer! (Embrace the sarcasm.)

Does it seem strange that there is more effort devoted to installation errors and unsupported toolbars than to new features and content? For a moment I couldn’t distinguish whether I was reading the release notes or answers to frequently asked troubleshooting questions.

Thanks Microsoft, but I’ll hold out for the new Firefox.

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