It’s public! So if you want to have a go take a look at the Internet Explorer 7 website.
But before you do so, also take a look at the IEBlog:
- IE7 Beta 2 Preview Available
- Please send us your feedback on the IE7 Beta 2 Preview
- Please test your sites with IE7
- Frequently Asked Questions for the IE7 Beta 2 Preview
Can I run the preview and IE6 at the same time?
No, the preview is a system upgrade that replaces IE6 on your computer with the preview code.
As Chris Wilson pointed out, “‘IE’ is actually a collection of system components – networking, browser hosting, core HTML rendering, printing, etc. When we install a new version of IE, we’re installing it for all applications that use these system components – including the tiny iexplore.exe itself.” Because of this, we do not support the various hacks that allow side by side running of IE6 and the IE7 Beta 2 Preview. Running with these could cause issues with the stability of a system.
But that quote from mr. Wilson did not end there. He made a remark that I, as a webdeveloper/-designer, found rather interesting:
… That’s why it’s hard to have multiple side-by-side IEs. We are working on a solution for just HTML rendering, but we can’t have multiple system components installed with the same name.
Now if MS made THAT tool available I would be happy. Hope they don’t forget to put in a IE 6 rendering engine and for old times sake a IE 5 engine… That would make testing/hacking a lot easier.
Note: I’ll refrain from installing as I don’t want to compromise my dev-system.