Internet Explorer 7 According to one of Microsoft’s bloggers the release date for Internet Explorer 7 appears to be October 18th. For those of you grabbing for your calendar I’ll let you know that it is next Wednesday…a day after Mozilla plans on shipping Firefox 2 RC3.

The new IE7 will then be delivered via Automatic Updates starting on November 1, which is exactly two-weeks after the official release. They recommend that users test their site to ensure that it is compatible with IE7 by downloading the RC1 that was made available a few months back. If you are still skeptical about installing it or plan on never using it then you may want to use the IE7 Automatic Delivery Blocker that Microsoft provides.

I do have to admit that I am glad to see Internet Explorer getting tabs simply because I don’t have easy access to Firefox wherever I go. I have it installed on my USB drive but sometimes I don’t feel like pulling it out and waiting for Windows to install the necessary drivers that are needed to use it. At least now I will have a decent tabbed browser available, of course, that is assuming that the places I usually visit don’t block the automatic installation.

There Are 11 Comments

  1. Hi there,

    If you are carrying around a USB drive already, you should explore using portable software. For example, Portable Firefox sounds like it would fit your needs perfectly – all the joy of Firefox in one convinient package. Try portableapps.com

  2. IE7 Automatic Delivery Blocker reguires your machine to pass WGA before it can be downloaded. I reinstalled the WGA plugin and the blocker, only to realize I am using Windows XP with SP1 so it won’t auto-update me to IE7 anyway. :evil: :?

  3. PortablePackage wrote:
    Hi there,

    If you are carrying around a USB drive already, you should explore using portable software. For example, Portable Firefox sounds like it would fit your needs perfectly – all the joy of Firefox in one convinient package. Try portableapps.com

    I do actually use Portable Firefox which I stated in the article but sometimes I don’t want to pull out my USB drive just to load it.

    ffextensionguru wrote:
    IE7 Automatic Delivery Blocker reguires your machine to pass WGA before it can be downloaded. I reinstalled the WGA plugin and the blocker, only to realize I am using Windows XP with SP1 so it won’t auto-update me to IE7 anyway. :evil: :?

    I guess if you didn’t want it then it is still okay that you’re using SP1. :) Too bad you went through all of that work just to block it when you didn’t need to.

  4. Hmm…no mention of the October 18th date any more in that article. :? Does still say:

    Microsoft recommends that enterprises are prepared for automatic delivery by November 1st

  5. He must not have heard his boss when he said “don’t tell anyone!” :D

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