Despite liberal amounts of brainwashing from Nick, my new found love for all things Drupal / LAMP and the small part I have played in the life of a Firefox extension, I still wanted IE 7 to be a great web browser. Microsoft has a special place in my heart, I am still a fan and proud to be an MVP, plus competition is good, innovation requires credible choices. I wanted IE 7 to blow me away, instead it blew itself up.
I have been monitoring progress for a while, this version was supposedly the most solid yet. Not on my system it wasn’t. If you want to try it out for yourself, check out the beta 3.
In theory there is a lot going for it, tabbed browsing, more secure, RSS, it still has a lot of promise if they can get it to work reliably for all users. Is it potentially a Firefox killer? Nope. There is nothing here that isn’t already in the FF base install or available as an extension. And of course, our essential extension is not available for IE!
Once you have had enough of the beta you can uninstall it by following these instructions from TechEnclave
start->control panel->add remove programs->at the top check “show updates” radio box->scroll down in the list->you will see IE7 listed, uninstall that, restart and you are on IE6
Microsoft is still a great company that does some wonderful things, it is so strange to me that they can’t get their browser right. Please Microsoft get your act together! Let’s see some stability, great security record, resistance to malicious code and full-on standards compliance. Come back to leadership position and show the world you are still a contender.
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