From the official IEBlog posting entitled “IE7 Is Coming This Month…Are you Ready?”:
The final release of IE7 is fast approaching … and I mean really fast … and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it’s available for download.
The #1 feature in IE7 that interests me greatly is its support for IDN. Yes, it’s a little late (3.5 years after the IDNA standard was published and more than 4 years after Mozilla implemented it in the browser.) Still, being the most popular browser on the planet this marks a very important milestone in the history of IDN. In fact, JPRS saw the IDN registration numbers soar after Microsoft announced that IE7 will support IDN. I’m sure many other IDN-enabled registries experienced similar surges too.
I’ve been using the RC1 version of IE7 for about a month now, and have been using IDNSearch.net to find example IDN URLs. So, if have IE7 installed and want to see a real-life IDN in action, head over to IDNSearch.net.
If you’re an IE6 user, I would encourage you to upgrade.