IE 7 Release Candidate 1

A much awaited (???) IE 7 release candidate is now available for download and install from Microsoft’s website.

If you have IE 7 Beta 3 installed on your machine, you must uninstall it before proceeding to RC1. All of your favourites will be restored back offcourse.

There are few things which needs to be checked by developers in thier applications now. Some of them seems to become complications for your applications as well 🙂

01. you might have observed that many of the sites are not using valid SSL certificates and IE 7 Beta 3 used to report them in red color. It used to allow you to take a decision on whether or not you want to continue. Now in RC1, you dont have that luxury any more.

Verify that your website hasn’t been adversely affected by these Internet Explorer 7 security changes:

  1. SSL 2.0 Support has been turned off.
  2. Support for HTML scriptlets has been turned off by default.
  3. Sites using HTTPS must deliver a valid digital certificate for their DNS name.
  4. HTTP content cannot be included in an HTTPS page (see the Internet Explorer Blog article).

02. If you are an Activex developer, you will have to deploy them in a “Disabled” mode. The user will have rights to choose to enable it whenever it is required.

If you develop using ActiveX controls, make sure they are installed in the “disabled” state so users will activate them only when needed and reduce their surface area vulnerable to attack. (See the Exploring Internet Explorer article on ActiveX Security.)

and the best feature which was inherited from FireFox….I love this 🙂

Add search providers to Internet Explorer without writing executable code or mastering the registry, using the window.external.AddSearchProvider(URL) call to prompt the end user. (See the Internet Explorer Blog article for details.)

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