Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta - Will it be a Winner or is it too Late?

Microsoft IE 7.0 beta is available for download. Yes, it is still in beta and is in a testing phase with developers. For all early adopters like me, it is available for download here.

A few observations I have:

Since it is better you note the cons before you download [Remember its just a beta, so the objective is not to get critical but keep my readers informed]
  1. When I try clicking on a web link from my Microsft Outlook, you will have to explicitly associate the web links and IE atleast the first time, though IE has always been my default browser.
  2. I am not sure how heavy the application is and how taxing it can get on your system. Especially when I am editing this blog, I notice a perceptible lag between the action initiation and acual task completion. [even for a 'delete' to happen, it takes a second or more extra]

The nice things that will definitely put a smile on your face:

  1. Very appealing look and feel. I would say "It looks neat, crisp and visually very appealling".
  2. If one reason you preferred another browser to IE was because IE didn't have tabbed browsing, its a thing of the past. IE 7.0 allows tabbed browsing
  3. The toolbar is thinner and giving more space for website content.
  4. Also the toolbar's design makes it less conspicuous and therefore the website you browse, gets all the attention
  5. It also provides a built-in search box and you can choose your favorite search engine
  6. It also boasts an in-built feed reader
  7. Looks like they have built some security against phishing websites

Contrary to the fact, that IE enhancements always accompanies OS version improvements, Bill Gates announced an updated version of IE 7 to be released, without waiting for the next version of Windows to hit the market.

This version has a whole load of responsibilities:

  1. The recent security leaks almost has lead people to consider IE itself as a security threat. IE may have to deliver itself against all these security attacks.
  2. Netscape has announced a re-entry. IE will have to get stronger if they have to face this once upon a time strong player.
  3. Most importantly it has to snatch back the market-share it lost to Firefox.

Lets see if IE proves itself again or is it too late?

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  • "Most importantly it has to snatch back the market-share it lost to Firefox."

    NOOOOO, never again a monopoly in browser market! Long live Firefox, Opera, Safari.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:21 AM  

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