Playing With IE 7

You might have noticed Microsoft have released Beta 2 of IE7. Maybe you made the mistake of installing it, not knowing that it overwrites your current install of IE6. Well, if you were put off playing with the new version because of this, you can now install IE7 without removing IE6. Instructions at Digg.com.

I followed the instructions and got it to work. For me I had to open the setup .exe in Winzip (righ-click - open with) and extract the files from there. It seems quite buggy though. Whether the buggyness is down to it being or beta or the unorthodox installation I'm not sure. Still, it can be done.

As you'd expect, the first thing I did was visit this site. It's broken! Microsoft have fixed a lot of CSS bugs in this release. They even asked all developers to test their sites in IE7. I can see why. They might be taking positive action to improve IE, but it looks like being a pain for us lot. Should make better developers of us though, now we don't/can't rely on CSS hacks.

If you're simply curious what it looks like then see this post. At this rate, some time soon, all browsers will look the same.


  1. Sorry, but until they can learn how to spell "Favourites" properly, I'll stick with Bookmarks in my favourite browser, Opera. :)

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    • Erwin
    • Fri 3 Feb 2006 05:54 AM

    I'm browsing your site now with IE7 and to me it doesn't seem broken. Everything looks okay to me.

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    • Jake
    • Fri 3 Feb 2006 06:08 AM

    Thanks Erwin. Must be something to do with the way that I was running/installing it.

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    • Jono
    • Fri 3 Feb 2006 07:14 AM

    Dito Jake - all looks fine in my install too.

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    • PaulG
    • Fri 3 Feb 2006 07:15 AM

    Worth knowing: if you install IE7 over IE6 the Domino Designer preview in IE button launches IE but doesn't present it.

    You get left with a running nhttp.exe and running iexplore.exe - but nothing to show for it.

    You can still load up a db via url though.

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    • yuval
    • Fri 3 Feb 2006 10:19 AM

    After installing i.e 7 url links in emails and documents will not work if you are using notes client.

    first thing to check when a user complain about such a problem.

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    • Jake
    • Fri 3 Feb 2006 11:06 AM

    More weirdness. Now, if I type a URL in the address bar of IE6 and press enter it opens in Firefox (system default browser). Doh!

  2. Wow.. no Notes and IE 7? Looks like yet ANOTHER reason to stick with Firefox as my corporate default browser!

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    • Patrick Niland
    • Sun 5 Feb 2006 03:21 PM

    Everytime i click on a drop-down list the pop-up blocker kicks in and stops the list from displaying!!!!


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    • David C.
    • Mon 6 Feb 2006 12:33 AM

    Had the same problems after using it last week.

    I removed the registry key it wrote.

    Check this:


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    • Jake
    • Mon 6 Feb 2006 05:08 AM

    Thanks David. IOU.

  3. Its so hard to really think about dropping a browser so well designed like Firefox and so proactive when it comes to fixing bugs and enhancements. Firefox is here to stay. nonetheless I've felt firefox more sluggish and unstable than IE 6.0 when it comes to display Domino Web Access 7. Anybody felt that same way with it? Aside from that I don't see a reason why not to use firefox. We've come so far agains a giant like microsoft even after they crushed netscape out of the market. I don't think it is smart to drop IE when Firefox abides to W3C standards.

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    • nick chan
    • Mon 13 Feb 2006 09:59 PM

    so many features in FF or IE7 copied from Opera. Opera gets very of no credits at all

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