Updated IE7 Beta 2 Preview

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While the “official” Beta 2 release of Internet Explorer 7 still awaits the upcoming Windows Vista Beta 2, Microsoft has publicly announced an updated build of its “Beta 2 Preview”.

Although official word on the changes in this new build have not been forthcoming (an ongoing problem in the IE7 preview process), this updated preview is said to be “layout complete”; that is, none of the changes to be made between now and the final release of Internet Explorer 7 should affect page layout. I wouldn’t bet on that, but I would certainly recommend this release as a solid basis on which to begin compatibility work on your own sites.

This release coincides with the opening of Microsoft’s three-day MIX 06 conference in Las Vegas, the web site for which, incredibly, does not display correctly in Firefox (the title image, “A 72-hour conversation:” is cropped so as to make it unreadable).

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  • rick

    the web site for which, incredibly, does not display correctly in Firefox

    You should know better than to visit a Microsoft site in anything other than Internet Exploder!!! ;-)

  • azn_romeo_4u

    Right…that’s why Mozilla doesn’t work on there…

  • http://www.cre8media.com egockel

    perhaps you should be directing your critiques to http://telligent.com/ as they’re the ones that built the site.

  • http://www.newellcreations.com Newellcreations

    Using the BAT file posted in your earlier “Standalone Fix” posting, is it possible to continue running the new IE7 (build 5335.5) in parallel to IE6, just like we did for build 5296?

    Thanks!

  • http://www.animationtalk.com Antonbomb22

    its funny how in the toolbar search dropdown, google is listed last out of all the SE’s. Fedex is second?

  • Anonymous

    Antonbomb22 Says:
    March 21st, 2006 at 11:47 am
    its funny how in the toolbar search dropdown, google is listed last out of all the SE’s. Fedex is second?

    Or are you just looking into it too much?

  • http://www.designity.nl peach

    Would avant browser still run on ie6 if youn install ie7?

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  • http://www.realityedge.com.au mrsmiley

    @Kevin,

    Any idea why some of the Sitepoint problems first noticed with beta 2 have crept back in? Most noticably the back image is no longer tiling?

    @Everyone else

    Anyone else having similar problems viewing sites in beta 2? Occassionaly I see the odd problem that is fixed with a page refresh.

  • smith288

    its funny how in the toolbar search dropdown, google is listed last out of all the SE’s. Fedex is second?

    Who cares?

  • http://www.sitepoint.com/ Kevin Yank

    Any idea why some of the Sitepoint problems first noticed with beta 2 have crept back in? Most noticably the back image is no longer tiling?

    The fixes we put in place for IE7 prevented our “catfish” ads from working properly on IE6. We decided to roll back the changes until IE7 gets closer to final release, at which point we’ll look at solving the issues without breaking IE6 compatibility.

  • controlz

    I am curious to know what company is willing to pay for a site designed using only CSS, especially since the fact very few tableless sites work in all browsers. What happens when IE 7 rolls around? Will clients pay to have hacks written to correct problems? In my opinion, tableless sites are a great experiment, but not ready for primetime.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com AlexW

    Hmmm,…. did I just slip through a wormhole in time? Are we back in 2001 again?

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