I've read some entertaining posts about IE 7 beta 2 comparing it to some other browsers. One in particular made me laugh though I can't post it as it included an expletive ;-( and I don't want to offend anyone. I've been surprised by the number of children that read my blog.
The post included the quote "The only reason I've been a fan of Firefox is for tabbed browsing and some illusion of security. IE is back, baby."
Browse here to download beta 2 for yourself. I love the tabbed groups, the Phishing filter and the facility to view a thumbnail of all open tabs. I know IE's been very slow to support tabs but the implementation is really nice now it's finally arrived.
I currently remain a fan of FF however have never really disliked IE. FF just offers some features I really like and some of the bookmark handling is perfect for me. I wrote about two pages worth of assesment of IE7 and improvements and some of the visual FF nuances I'd like before it became my default browser - however with Vista I do not doubt I'll return to IE.
The thumbnail feature does absolutely nothing for me, I know what I've opened so I visit it and read the content... I can't tell whether the content of a site is good or not just by looking at a thumbnail. I admit there are certain instances where it may be useful and I can think of a couple - however in day to day usage. I never used it for the couple of weeks I had IE7 installed.
Currently whilst still in Beta CSS support still sucks!
I'm sorry to be so negative about it, I was really looking forward to IE7 and at the moment I will happily defend FF in a long MSN call with anyone willing to endure it. I just hope the final release lives slightly more up to my expectations! Having said that, for the average home user I'd probably recommend IE. It's taken some time getting my family using FF to its full potential.
Matt> thanks for your direct feedback - never apologize for saying what you think :-)
Loved Netscape with a passion, (can I say that), until the Design Team from the Red Panda managed to get their hands on it it's become a dead duck. Holding the desire for tabbed browsing, and the support that was offered by Opera, (a really good browser that I do not stop at recommending), I defected, but IE7 has raised my interest
IE7 B2Preview, has come a long way since IE6. The tabbed browsing along with the thumbnail view, not to mention the phishing filters - at long last MS are producing a browser that is of some real use, (something that it hasn't been for a long time now).
Sadly I find that there is one problem with the installation of IE7B2P, and that is the requirement to remove the product before you are able to install the next release.
Whilst IE7 is nice, it also enforces "clear type", and the only way to remove it is to open "Tools - Options - Advanced - MultiMedia - and untick the box".
Removing the application effectively invokes a system restore affecting any software, and security patches that have been applied since the installation. Look at it this way, there have been 2 patch cycles since the release of IE7 B2P since it was released on the 31st January.
Maybe the next release will allow users to "install without the requirement or pain of having to remove the product".
Vulnerabilities. This is a strange one, because MS did not step forward and advise users whether their product was affected by the latest DHTML Object Handler vulnerability. I guess that a little more communication would be beneficial - I only found a small note contained within the Microsoft Security Advisory (917007) concerning IE7 stating that customers who use IE7 B2P that was released on March 20th, 2006 are not affected by the reported vulnerabiltiy.
Maybe there should have been more information upon this issue.
Patch updates for IE7B2P are non-existant. Again the user is expected to keep an eye upon the site, where again there is very little information concerning the latest issue.
First impression is that IE7 is eye candy ... it's cute and cuddly with a lot more bells and whistles than IE6, and the security is vastly improved, (but that's not hard). Once you've had a little more time to "check-out" the product you'll soon become annoyed with a few little areas that could be improved
The ability to create a folder when adding a page to your favourites is and advantage as is the ability to resize the screen when organising your favourites is a good advantage, but you are unable to minimize the folders which soon becomes annoying when you scroll up and down the page; as it expands all folders and sub-folders in tree style.
The annoyance of enforcing clear-type upon the user, without asking first is another annoyance.
The lack of updates and security advisories to users, we're asked to validate our O/S but not asked to sign-up for advisories. Understanding that IE7 will be integral to the O/S, but the requirement to remove the product which rolls back to IE6, and removes the security patches that have been applied after installation is unacceptable .. surely in this day and age with Microsoft's skills it should be easier to launch a package that will replace the files required - doesn't this already happen with security patches ?
As I've previously said Opera is a very good browser, (my opinion), and should be used as a benchmark by which to measure IE7.
Someone once said to me, it's not what you see not, but what you will see in the future. If this is true and Microsoft listen to their userbase then IE7 will be a good product; within reason allow the users drive both the product evolution and the development.