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IE7 beta RC1 - my latest attempt to like IE

posted by ClifNotes, Sept 2006, permalink


From Eddie in Australia

Hi Clif

Have you any intentions in the near future of writing a piece on IE7.

I have read quite a bit about it, but it is very confusing.






Hi Eddie, I'll write just a little bit about it. Today I downloaded and installed it. I got my copy from Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx



I wish I could say it's simple, but as usual, MS wants to verify that you have a legitimate copy of Windows when you go there to download many of their free applications. You can actually get a copy of IE7 while surfing in a non-IE browser (like FireFox) but they make you download a tool and run it to get a verification code that you can paste into the website before you can download anything. After that, I think the actual download was about 12mb or so.



Once you start the installer, it goes out to MS again and seems to take forever while it "updates" with the latest changes to IE. I didn't take a look, but I'd bet the downloads where much larger than the installer was. Who knows what the actual size of IE ends up being?



After updating, IE proceeds to install itself. If I recall correctly, it backed up all of IE6 so that I can go back to it later.



Finally the install is done and you have to reboot the PC. Yep, I kinda expected this. Once rebooted, I fire up IE7 and it takes me to a short setup page with a few settings they want to establish before you get going.



It works nicely and it looks good. There's now a tabbed browsing interface like I'm used to in my other browsers. However, no matter what I do, I can't force IE to open new pages exclusively in new tabs. When I'm in my Gmail, it seems like every link in my emails that I click on is opening an new instance of IE. I want them to open in a new tab and the only way to get it to work is to hold down the CTRL key before I click it. IE7 says I can center click on the links to open them in a new tab, but so far nothing happens when I center click.



It's better than IE6, so I'll keep it for now, but I'm still using Firefox for the majority of my surfing.


Quote from Microsoft

Makes everyday tasks easier

Internet Explorer 7 provides improved navigation through tabbed browsing, web search right from the toolbar, advanced printing, easy discovery, reading and subscription to RSS feeds, and much more.




IE7 page at Microsoft


Any comments?