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IE7 Beta 2 Released

If you have not heard already, Microsoft has released a public beta version of Internet Explorer 7. This is the first update to IE's internal rendering engine in years. IE7 Beta 2 brings the browser enhanced security features and a remodeled interface with the popular tabbed browsing feature.

The main change in IE7's rendering engine is that it better understands the hacks long used by developers to apply specific styling to IE only. Now IE7 understands these hacks, but it has not fixed the rendering mishaps the hacks were fixing. Microsoft has advised developers to use conditional comments (external link) instead.

If you are already using the inline CSS hacks for IE then you will have to change around some of your CSS to compensate for IE7.

Personally, I find IE7 to be a nice improvement, but it is not yet up to par with Opera and Firefox. The text in IE7 is slightly fuzzy and not as crisp as in Opera. It is quite painful on the eyes.

Downloading IE7 (external link) requires a legitimate, genuine version of Windows XP SP2. It also installs over Internet Explorer 6, although there are hacks to install it as a standalone application.

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  • Finally, this is nice. I installed it a few minutes ago.. It looks quite good actually. I'm surprised. But I gotta agree, the text looks funny.

    Posted by Daniel Malmqvist (external link) on Tue 7 Feb 2006 at 1:33

  • F*ck... need Service Pack 2... 8-)

    Posted by Karl-Sebastian on Tue 7 Feb 2006 at 11:36

  • Hurray. Now I can remove Firefox!!! smile

    Posted by Karl-Sebastian on Wed 8 Feb 2006 at 11:21

  • I wouldn't say that IE7 is anything to stand up to Firefox. It is still lacking better integrated tabs and standard's support in their rendering engine.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Wed 8 Feb 2006 at 14:21

  • I will uninstall IE7 now... not particulary good... really.

    Posted by Karl-Sebastian on Thu 9 Feb 2006 at 12:54

  • It's stil better then 6 so there is no reason to uninstall it.

    Posted by Daniel Malmqvist (external link) on Wed 22 Feb 2006 at 7:09