has recently been made public.
has introduced a few new features that might lead to a better surfing, and safer searching. Something once thought impossible with anything with the
stamp on it. I will quickly overview some of these features, and as hard as it may be, I will do my best to be unbiased.
New look and feel - At first run, the design is not well thought out and can be very confusing. The back and forward buttons are now on the left of the address bar, and stop/refresh on the right. Something I personally do not care for, and they are not customizable.
, it now comes standard with a search bar. However, it uses Microsoft Live
and adding another search engine isn't as quick as selecting one, you have to go to Microsoft's
website and download script to add it. One good thing about Firefox
is that you could type in something like "PixelJoint"
into the address bar, it would get the best result and show you that page. In IE7,
it now takes you to Microsoft's Live
is following some
standards, and I mean some. To web developers, don't hold your breathe, about 30% of CSS/CSS2
not recognized by previous versions have been added.IE7
also now uses tabs, something that has been disired since Firefox
made them mainstream, and so far, I have no complaints to their functionality. There is even a feature to view a preview of all the tabs in a "website" like environment.Phishing Filter
- the new phishing filter sends info about the site you are at to Microsoft
and checks it against a database of know phishing sites and looks for matches or simularaties. I have a feeling this is going to lead to a lot of security concious and paranoid people uninstalling, especially those warez people (you know who you are). Microsoft
says it doesn't use it to identify you, but I am sure they have a filter that catches people searching for Vista Activation Cracks
, but I am one of those paranoid people, so...Customer Experience Improvement Program
- Now you can submit suggestions, comments, and complaints directly to some customer service represenative and possibly help with IE
updates and improvements. Something that has been needed for awhile now.IE7
also is now providing "extensions", I have yet to explore what they have so far, but this seems to be a great step forward as well. A developer could create an extension that forces IE7
to obey standards better.
Security has always been an issue with anything with the Microsoft
stamp on it, and I have yet to find any gaping holes in the security of this latest release. Every program has them in the beta stage, but IE
is notorious for them. But so far it has gotten better.
In conclusion, IE7
hasn't made any improvements that make me want to ditch Firefox
and use IE
exclusively. The new design looks pretty, but the fact that it is not customizable instantly annoyed me. It is defiantely a huge step forward from previous versions, but it will take much more work before I will be replacing Firefox