Windows XP Service Pack 2: Use the Internet Explorer Information Bar: Microsoft did a good job with the latest addition to IE: the Information Bar.
Internet Explorer now displays an Information Bar (just below the address bar) where you can see information about downloads, blocked pop-up windows, potential security risks, and other activities. This information helps you to avoid potentially harmful files you might otherwise accept from the Internet.
The bar lowers down from “behind” the lowest toolbar on the browser (usually the address or links bar), accompanied by a little sound effect. You can’t miss it, unlike other notification methods that can be overlooked.
Since IE has pop-up blocking in SP2, the information bar is very handy at notifying the user that a window has been blocked. Too many times, my parents would keep mashing away on a link, not noticing the little icon in the system tray telling them that PanicWare had blocked a window.
I harp on Microsoft a lot when they screw up, so I’ll give them credit for this one. I wonder what Jakob has to say about it?