Photographs courtesy of Toby Watt - lawyer, friend and photographer extraordinaire...
14 April 2007
www.ie-vista.com is mentioned in PCWORLD - the URL find.pcworld.com/56797 redirects to ie-vista.
18 March 2007
IE7 and "shrink to fit" problems - emails printing very small - hotfix
Article also refers to a hotfix for missing headers when printing
25 February 2007
After numerous emails requests for a search facility for www.ie-vista.com, I've added a Google search pane to right of screen. Frontpage's inbuilt search feature has broken a few times on my other site on this server, so we'll stay away from that and see how Google Search goes. Now that Google is trying to flag search results that may lead to malware sites with a warning, I feel a bit more confident about letting the Search feature on to my site.
Feel free to let me know what you think by clicking on the Contact Sandi link to left of screen.
18 February 2007
The email message header does not print when you try to print an email
message by using either Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Outlook
12 January 2007
Can you help us work out why some people have trouble printing emails after
There are reports that IE7 is causing problems when printing emails from Outlook or Outlook Express such as:
Unfortunately we cannot reproduce the problem. If we can't make it happen on
our computers, then we can't work out what's wrong, and we can't tell you how to
So, this is what we need from you.
If, for example, you have an Outlook email that loses its headers when printed please save the email as a .msg file and send it to me. Similarly, if you have an Outlook Express email that prints with very tiny fonts, save the email as an .eml file and send it to me.
I understand that by doing this I am asking you to send to me stuff that you may feel is personal and private, but all I can do is ask you to trust that I, and the IE team, will not abuse your good faith, and hope that you have an email available, such as spam or something from a mailing list, that you feel more comfortable sending to me.
When you send the emails to me please tell me:
3 November 2006
Be gentle with me; they were recorded late at night and I may have uttered a discrete technical faux pax or two [:$]
The individual episode links are:
Hopefully there will be more podcasts in the future; there is so much we can talk about with regards to the changes that come with IE7 - new features, new UI and security improvements, and spyware, malware and online security in general.
1 November 2006
IE7 has been released via Automatic Updates:
19 October 2006
Visits to www.ie-vista.com have increased sharply since IE7 went live.
The most popular pages are Tabs, Tab Groups, Known Issues and History
18 October 2006
Watch my blog for the latest breaking news:
24 August 2006
IE7 Release Candidate 1 has gone live. That's right gals and guys.. go
and get it.
Important points to note are:
19 August 2006 +0800GMT
As mentioned on my Blog:
5 August 2006, +0800GMT
The IE team have changed their mind about the name for Internet Explorer 7,
in Windows Vista. They're dropping the +.
Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via
Automatic Updates soon after the final version is released for Windows XP,
planned for the fourth quarter of 2006. Sorry... when it comes to precise dates,
those who know will not say, and those who say cannot know ;-)
Some important notes... firstly, although IE7 will be offered via Automatic Updates, Automatic Updates will first notify users when Internet Explorer 7 is ready to install and then show a welcome screen that presents key features and the choices to “Install, “Don’t Install” or “Ask Me Later.” In short, you won't be forced to install it, it won't be a silent install, it won't be a hidden install.
Secondly, I will have another gem to share with you regarding the
installation, but can't tell you what that is without permission.. suffice to
say the team has been reading the IE groups, and has been taking on board what
is being said, and has addressed a pretty important issue.... there are a lot of
people who are going to be awfully pleased.
Thirdly, Microsoft will provide a free Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit for enterprise customers who may want to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7 in their organization. The Blocker Toolkit will *not* expire and will include a Group Policy template and an executable script. The Blocker Toolkit will be/is available from the Microsoft Download Center to provide ample lead time for deployment. Additional information for IT administrators will be/is at the Windows Update/Microsoft Update site on TechNet.
More info and screenshots are available on the IE blog:
May 27 2005
Internet Explorer 7, in Windows Vista, will be called Internet Explorer 7+
Lucky me. Something changed in IE7 Beta 2 that broke IE-Vista when viewed using that Beta (details here).
Obviously my priority must be that the IE-Vista displays properly for its target audience, therefore some code has been added to fix the problem in IE7 Beta 2, but that code also breaks the site's left column in IE6 and earlier.
If you use Internet Explorer 6 or earlier, please scroll down the page to find this site's navigation menu. Alternatively, use the Table of Contents link at the top of the page.
April 5 2006
IE-Vista is now a Featured Sponsor of The Hive,
an online community created as a place to have conversations with community
leaders and Microsoft - all with a distinct end-user focus
My other site, http://inetexplorer.mvps.org, has been a Featured Community for a year or so now.
Wednesday 1 February 2006 at 2.00pm
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview has been released.
You heard it here first.... There's a fantastic, funny video advertisement
"Everyday tasks made easier with IE7" available for viewing at the URL below -
be one of the first to see it :o)
Wednesday 26 January 2006 at 10.30pm
IE-VISTA is going through a major update in preparation for the public release of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2. As soon as the public beta goes live, I'll upload the updates, and not before. Yes, I know a build has leaked, but that doesn't mean I'm going to publish early.
There's going to be a lot of detailed content, and new screen shots. As a consequence of the unpublished updates, some links on the page to left of screen may not work from time to time - sorry 'bout that.
Friday 2 December 2005 at 5.00pm PST
Please review my Blog for information about upcoming changes to current
versions of Internet Explorer.
Important changes to Internet Explorer
Saturday 29 October 2005 at 9.00pm PST
Yes, I know that the CSS used by IE-Vista is breaking in Internet Explorer when the site is displayed on smaller monitors/high resolutions and/or when there are larger graphics in a DIV - I'm working on it :o(
Saturday 22 October 2005 at 700am PST
Windows Vista Build 5231 released to MSDN
Ok, I know I'm a little slow with this, but my new nephew was born by emergency caesarean section last week, 6 1/2 weeks premature, so I've been otherwise occupied... yes, mother, father and baby are now doing fine :o) Welcome to the world Jordan Blake.
Saturday 17 September 2005, 2.00am PST
Ok, so its not IE related, but it is still interesting.
Bryan Starbuck, the Dev Lead for Outlook Express and all around nice guy, has survived being interviewed by Robert Scoble for Channel 9.
Outlook Express will be renamed to Windows Mail in Windows Vista.
The video interview includes shots of OE in Windows Vista in action - go
check it out:
Side note: Its quite ironic that OE will finally have a spam filter. Some of us remember how OE *nearly* had a spam filter back when OE5 was being readied for release, until Blue Mountain sued Microsoft, forcing the removal of the filter.
Nowadays Microsoft (or more precisely MSN) are friends with Blue Mountain again - Blue Mountain provides the animated winks and backgrounds for MSN Messenger. How times change.
Wednesday 13 September 2005, 3.00am PDT
The Internet Explorer team released information while I was stuck at work today about the "very clever, yet-to-be-revealed treasure" mentioned below - Quick Tabs.
Terri and I were very impressed when Quick Tabs were shown to us back in July, and we've been waiting with bated breath for the feature to go public since then. I am really looking forward to a new build being released so that everybody can have a play.
Friday 12 August 2005, 3.30pm PST
IE-VISTA is very excited and privileged to be given the opportunity to be the first web site in the world to unveil the new Internet Explorer logo. The return of the yellow swoosh is a blast from the past, hearkening back to the days of the spinning logo of Internet Explorer 3.
Terri and I first saw the new logo when we were last in Seattle in July, and we've been on tenterhooks ever since waiting for the green light to go public.
But wait...there's more to come... the "very clever, yet-to-be-revealed treasure" that I mention in my Blog is yet to see the light of day.
The IE team have now posted about the new logo to their Blog.