It has been a while ever since Microsoft® released the Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0. However, if we go back into time when Internet Explorer®7.0 was launched, the software giant was tight-lipped about the product and was not very keen in sharing the features of its, then, new browser.

Queries had flooded curious minds trying to figure out if the new Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 would have tabs or if it would be compatible with the Cascading Style Sheet 2.0 standard. There were even apprehensions on if the browser would be secure and when it would ship. This article would serve as a Microsoft Internet Explorer Support Manual to guide and direct the user to the various complications and issues regarding it.

Response of Microsoft®

In response, Microsoft® had announced that the Internet Explorer® 7.0 would be entitled to the issue of modifying and integrating its security totally. It also made a commitment that the software giant would make it’s new internet browser available to Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Server®2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows® XP Professional x64 users. Before the release of the Internet Explorer® 7.0, a beta version was released.

It was detected that, although Microsoft® chose to remain ‘tight-lipped’, it was sharing useful specs on the IE® 7.0 in private with some of its collaborating partners. The Microsoft® Internet Explorer®7.0 was also known to be code-named “Rincon” and it was scheduled to arrive with a tabbed browser.


In the Microsoft Internet Explorer Support Manual, we will also further have a quick look at some of the features unearthed during the investigation. It was also found that Internet Explorer® 7.0 would feature international domain name (IDN) support; transparent Portable Network Graphics (PNG) support. This combined generated an enthusiasm to allow display of overlayed images in the browser along with fresh functionality that would make printing from inside Internet Explorer® 7.0 a lot easier. There was also a provision to include a built-in news aggregator.

It was also learned that Microsoft® was working hard for robust security enhancements in its IE 7.0. From the Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 Support Manual, it is learnt that the features would include :-

a). The reduced previlege mode would become the default.
b). There would be no provision for cross-domain scripting.
c). There would be modified and improvised Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) user interface.
d). It was likely that there would be a merging between Internet Explorer® 7.0 and Microsoft® Windows® anti-spyware service.

There were also word that Microsoft® was contemplating on supporting CSS2 with Internet Explorer® 7 7.0. There had been reports that developers were putting the pressure on Microsoft® to update its CSS support in order to support the most recent W3C standards for quite some time.