a peek into internet explorer 7 beta

I posted a blog on why firefox is better than internet explore. Im definitely fascinated with Linux and Open Source Apps but im basically slaved by microsoft products. I use MS products development and office suites. It is not that in reality i am a true blue MS geek but most of the users in my area are usually bill gates avid fans, getting out of the system would mean a harder life for me..

When i first saw the IE 7 beta , first thing that came to my mind is a Firefox in another costume. I started beta testing it, and i did find some enchancements worth mentioning ( till the next Firefox version comes out i suppose)

1. Tabbed Browsing. View multiple sites in a single browser window. Easily switch from one site to another through tabs at the top of the browser frame. At last people at Redmond finally realizes the good of it. (but still a firefox original)

2. RSS Feeds .Automatically detects RSS feeds on sites by illuminating an icon on the toolbar. A single click on the icon allows you to preview and optionally subscribe to the site's RSS feed, and then be automatically notified as content is updated. Read RSS feeds directly in the browser, scan for important stories, and filter your view with search terms or site-specific categories. If your into blogging and are addicted to user groups then this is basically a good tool for you. Firefox on the other hand have this as an additional feature --SAGE .

3. Favorites Center .Offers easy and fast access to Favorites, Tab Groups, Browsing History, and RSS Feed subscriptions. Expands out when needed, and can be pinned in place for even easier access. Yes, IE 7 beta has an all new control arrangement . This makes access to commonly used button faster and better.

4. Toolbar Search Box . Web searches using your favorite search provider can now be entered into a search box within the toolbar, eliminating the clutter of separate toolbars. You can easily choose a provider from the dropdown list or add more providers. This is included in FireFox no improvements worth mentioning.

5. Phishing Filter .Proactively warns and helps protect you against potential or known fraudulent sites and blocks the site if appropriate. The opt-in filter is updated several times per hour using the latest security information from Microsoft and several industry partners about fraudulent websites. I think with only few enchancements , this is just another feature found in IE 6 only with different name.

Addedd features can be found at this site :: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/ie7/featuretable.mspx

IE 7 Beta can be downloaded at this site::
--you have to install SP2 for WinXP first

Heres a peek at it::
--waiting for IE 7 release and the new FireFox version