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    Will MS force IE6 users to IE7?

    Topic.. Do you think they will? I hope so.

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    It's likely they'll force people to update, but only after about a year after Vista's released. In the meantime it'll be people using Vista being the majority, or web or 'I need latest everything' kinda people.

    When I say they'll start forcing, I really mean when WindowsUpdate.com _requires_ IE 7 to work, or if it's bundled with a service release or things like Microsoft Money depend on it.

    Personally if they still don't fix PNG 8-bit transparency support (and perhaps add MNG and JPEG-2000 along with it) then I'll be thoroughly pis^H^H^Hannoyed, but that's another story entirely!

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    They won't force upgrades but they'll push for them. IE5 hung on for a long time so it is safe to assume IE6 will do the same.

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    I'm with stymiee on this one, I think IE6 will be around for a long time...atleast until MS has fixed some of the bugs that you know will pop up in IE7 sooner or later
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    I'll give 6 another 3 years before we can exclude it.

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    3 years? I think you're very optimistic, IE 6 has been around for at least 3 years (i think) and I think we still need to test on IE 5 and IE 6 is probably installed on more PC's than IE 5 was.

    I think at least 5-6 years before we can accurately exclude IE 6 and probably 2-3 years before IE 7 overtakes IE 6 in martketshare.

    But hey, we can only hope! Personally I would be pleased if MS made IE 7 a mandatory update, with all the work they have been doing I wouldn't be too surprised if they did.

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    IE7 requires Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista.

    Anybody using Win9x (which includes ME), Win2k, and any WinXP users who haven't upgraded to SP2 won't be able to use IE7 until they upgrade Windows.
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    I think they desperately want rid of IE6 and they will include IE7 on a SP which will overwrite IE6 as soon as they're reasonably sure it all works.

    That's not to say we can ignore IE6 for quite a few years because there's a lot of people who don't bother with upgrades plus my guess is that the new SPs will be checking for authenticity of software too.
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    From what I've seen, they're are trying to be revolutionary (which I know they are not... don't lynch me) with this brand new version of IE...

    and they are trying to give it what I like the call the "XP look" (like Media Player) to complete their new branding, so I think they'll push for an upgrade to 7 a lot more that they have for 6.

    I'll therefore say one year rather than three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead)
    I'll therefore say one year rather than three.
    I think you are very optimistic although I wish you were right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee
    I think you are very optimistic although I wish you were right.
    Man, I wish I'm right too.

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    From what one of the developers said in the IEBlog..and i wish i could find it again, it will be sent out as a security update in compatible systems with auto-update turned on, so it should be a giant jump right off the bat.

    If anyone has installed the beta (if you do, follow the standalone advice you can easily find on google, i have 5, 6 and 7 all installed on this machine, with 6 being the only 'real' install) ... you would see that it is installed as a security update when you try to uninstall it.

    I just hope they plan out the delployment for it better than they have the vista beta 2 and have enough server power ready for it...although its not too bad of a download (compared the the 4.4 Gig Vista beta 2 that took forever to die down enough to get)

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    sadly, the standalone never worked for me.

    not many people use automatic updates/take notice in them,so i think the majority will be vista users.
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    Kaystar...

    The majority of prebuilt (hp, dell... etc) come with auto update turned on...most users dont even know they can disable it...

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    oh yeah, thats true. they now update on shutdown if the user does nothing.

    so there might be hope for us anyway
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