IE7 Beta: Never Count Microsoft Out

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 2, 2006

Apparently, Microsoft’s browser-in-beta, Internet Explorer 7, looks pretty promising, according to early reports. Got the same impression from SimpleFeed’s Mark Carlson, who stopped by today. I’m not yet daring enough to try it out on my own machine yet, but Carlson, for one, thinks the RSS feed reading features on IE7 could really open up RSS for the masses.

Competition, even from the still-dominant IE, sure can’t hurt. I like Firefox, but lately it has been crashing on me a lot. Hardly ever happened before. What’s up with that?

Update: Of course, no new software is perfect, so beta user beware.

Reader Comments

PXLated

February 2, 2006 5:35 AM

Ya, they're adding features but if they want to do it right they need to clean up their CSS act/mess and get rid of the bugs. Be nice if they could pass the acid test like Safari also.

andy

February 2, 2006 2:32 PM

The RSS integration is very nice, but that's the only 'new' feature that is not a copy of Firefox. And, the RSS integration is not that great. There is also no organizational method for feeds. Richard McManus believes it could eliminate the need for a third party RSS aggregator. I highly doubt this. It may help to bring RSS mainstream but companies with feed readers will not lose customers. The functionality is the same as the 'Live Feed' option in Firefox.

The tabbed browsing is nothing special. And the interface is ugly. It definitely won't replace my Firefox, especially the web development features.

dg

February 7, 2006 12:44 PM

I've been watching news about the new IE with much concern. I've been making pure CSS sites for awhile and all the cheats to make things work in IE are going to have to be updated, and new ones discovered, I imagine. Kinda worried about sites falling apart.

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