IE7 – Is it worth it?

Let me preface this by saying that I am a user of Mozilla’s Firefox. I think that it is the best thing out there right now.But as a web designer I wanted to see how it would display my pages and I was also a little curious. Who doesn’t want to see what is out there and I like trying new computer programs.
I first read a review of IE7 on CNET. It was pretty straightforward, but critical that IE7 didn’t go far enough to catch up to upcoming versions of Firefox and Opera.

I next went to the Microsoft site and went through their little guided tour and then tried to watch an online video on how IE7 made this person’s life better. What a waste of time. It is the stupidest video I have ever seen to try and promote a browser.

I even used the “higher resolution” one and it was like I was in the world of dial-up again. Microsoft, if you want to promote your products, get better advertising and better quality online videos!

Installation is another issue. Microsoft wants you to disable your virus software and your spyware software. And after installation is complete, you need to restart your computer. What a pain. Firefox does not ask you to do any of this.

I did have a problem one my computer rebooted though. The set up screen that pops up to help you set up the anti-phishing and search engine locked up and caused me to have to do a ctl-alt-del and end the program and then restart the program. I was able to manually do this once I restarted.

I have to say that I agree with the CNET review of IE7. It is an improvement over IE6, especially the tabbed browsing. But it still lags behind Firefox. The user interface is different and will take some learning and getting used to.

Overall, IE7 is an improvement, but it has a long way to go for me to start using it as my every day browser. Also, there has already been some minor isssues found in IE7 already. Go figure, a security bug in Internet Explorer.

It will be interesting to see what Firefox 2.0 is like when it comes out. The RC is now up to RC3 and is getting good reviews. More later on what I think of Firefox 2.0 when it comes out next month.

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