Saturday, February 11, 2006

IE7 on Blog

I am composing this blog entry in the Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (Preview Release) environment and browser. So far, the experience has been mixed. Right after the install, I did some IE7 preconfiguration before I testdrived the searching. Then I loaded in a tab (yes, IE7 has tab-browsing now), and guess what? IE7 crashed, which triggered Dr Watson. Well, this is why IE7 is still in Beta release. I will soldier on.

I have been on IE7 for the last 2 hours. Other than the initial crash, IE7 has been humming along, and I am enjoying testdriving some of the new features. What's new? Well, Microsoft's website has a tour on this, but I'll just summarise some of them here:

  1. Tab browsing - finally, it has caught-up with Firefox and the rest of the world.

  2. You can lay out all the various pages opened in the tabs into a page - ala Powerpoint style. This is great when you want to jump to a particular tab without having to guess which tab the content is in that you want to open.

  3. IE7 can monitor phishing sites. This is good news for those of us who do our banking online.

  4. There are more browsing 'real estate' because IE7 has re-arranged and compacted the top of the brower's menu bar.

  5. Browser zooming. You can now tell IE7 to zoom in to a page, so that you see more of the details in that page. This is great when you want to zoom into graphics and pictures.

  6. Automatic opening of all links in your Favourites folder just by clicking on the green arrow to the right of the Favourites entry. You want to be careful about this. If you have many links in a category, you're in for one looong wait.

On the whole, IE7 is interesting, if only because of the novelty factor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just browsing, found your post on IE7...wanted to say:

-the Opera web browser has had all those same features for YEARS. And it doesn't crash (probably because it's not Microsoft!)

-Squash the monopoly!