Ok, I must admit it, I started late. I only tried IE7 (Internet Explorer 7) Beta 2, skipping any of the previous editions. I use to be more active, but I guess aging makes you more patient about certain things.
First impression, a flat, single file to download 11Mb. This is surprising low for any version of Internet Explorer.
Installation is very classical, and as you’d guess with a Microsoft product, you need to reboot at the end.
What I like best on IE7.
- The close icon is directly on the tab. I find it sometimes disturbing on Firefox to click on the complete right side of the bar.
- There is something about the font rendering that makes it nicer and more pleasant to read online.
What I dislike about IE7.
- You should first go to google.com and make IE7’s search feature to default to Google.
- Security seems the new big focus; however, I must admit that the Manage Add-ons is a little confusing especially as Microsoft has programs like “MUWebControl Class” which are not really self explanatory.
- After changing some settings in the Add-ons manager, the message was “You might have to restart Internet Explorer”. It’s either you must restart it or not. It might sound confusing.
What I like best on Firefox.
- Firefox is about 5Mb (vs. 11Mb) to download.
- No need to reboot after installation.
- Google is the default search engine.
- The search via Ctrl-F that displays this small search bar.
- Funnily enough, starting a new tab is also Ctrl+T and can be done by clicking on the smaller tab on the right side.
Printing from the browser has always be, for me, something I really cared about and I must admit that Firefox made things great. IE7 small consolidated menu items are great for essential features, including access to the printer. It seems to be printing in a nicer way that it used to. Thus I really like Firefox printing capabilities, especially when I want to print Dinosaur pictures from the Internet (for my son): zooming, displaying only the image, etc.
IE7 also seems faster and more responsive than any of the previous version of Internet Explorer.
Finally, I had a few rendering issues with some sites, but nothing crucial and I am pretty sure they will be solved in a near future.
Will I switch? Too soon to tell but the future looks interesting.