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Old 12-07-2006, 11:25 AM   #1
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Following the rollout of IE7 in Microsoft's routine monthly updates I decided to check with some of my clients who I know have XPSP2 on their PCs to find out if they had upgraded and what they thought of IE7. Out of the 18 I contacted, 16 had automatic updates configured and had accepted IE7, and all except one was happy with the "modern" browser. The dissenter did not like the interface. Ten of them found tabs useful - the others did not use tabs as they only visited one site at a time.

Interestingly, the thing they remember most about accepting the upgrade was the mention of improved security.

The two who have not upgraded did not accept updates from MS as they did not know about them!! I didn't ask if their anti-virus software was up to date (or even installed), but did suggest they enable updates to protect their PC data, especially as they both had large numbers of family photos stored on their hard disks with no backup. My next client newsletter will contain advice on backups!

I was interested to see this article in ComputerWorld, as it mentions problems using some sites with IE7, and specifically mentions "Web-based ASP products" as a problem. It also offers useful links for those wanting to run IE6 with IE7 .

   
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:40 PM   #2
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I was interested to see this article in ComputerWorld, as it mentions problems using some sites with IE7, and specifically mentions "Web-based ASP products" as a problem. It also offers useful links for those wanting to run IE6 with IE7 .
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a virtual machine appliance supplied by the IE7 team that consists of Windows XP Service Pack 2 with IE6. It's a 495.8MB download
and that's huge just to run a browser. Instead of running a virtual machine, you could just virtualize an application (provided the host OS supports the application and the virtualizer): for that you need Altiris® Software Virtualization Solution™ which is free for personal use. They have some ready-made setups (like Firefox 2) and a lot of articles and examples on their "Juice" web site, where there seems to be an active community coming up with solutions.

I'm planning to virtualize all of my "test" browsers with Altiris - the big advantage is that you can run different versions at the same time , something you can not even do with Mozilla or Firefox or Opera directly on Windows even if you can have different versions installed - an the latter you cannot even do (easily) with IE.

   
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