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Microsoft puts the finishing touches on its latest browser

In the battle of Firefox versus Internet Explorer 6.x, there was really no comparison. Firefox's tabbed browsing, perceived advantages in security and extensive extensions support -- not to mention the fact that it wasn't a Microsoft product -- have played a role in guaranteeing Firefox's success. It's a totally different ball game, however, with Internet Explorer 7.0.

Internet Explorer 7.0 adds many of the features that is has been lacking in comparison to Firefox including tabbed browsing, an improved printing engine, integrated anti-phishing technology, RSS support and beefed up security. Disappointingly, there’s still no centralized extension system with Internet Explorer 7.0. According to Scott Graff, Microsoft program manager for IE7 Compatibility, the browser will be released this month:

The final release of IE7 is fast approaching … and I mean really fast … and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it’s available for download. We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there. Compatibility with sites, extensions and applications has been a very high priority for us as we develop new features, enhance the existing features and move the platform forward to be more secure and standards compliant.  We are continually listening to feedback from our customers, partners and leaders in the industry to resolve major compatibility issues to ensure our common customers have a great experience with IE7.

Firefox 2.0 RC2 was released this past Friday, while RC3 is expected sometime next week. The Mozilla Foundation isn't expected to release the final version of Firefox 2.0 to the public until November.

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By probedb on 10/10/2006 10:44:49 AM , Rating: 2
But IE7 still doesn't support as much of the CSS specs as Firefox and instead of just fixing some of IE6s bugs they decided it'd be nice to introduce some IE7 only ones ;) from a developers point of view IE7 is still a bit pants.

By Murst on 10/10/2006 12:47:31 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, if you're going to rip on MS for CSS, go ahead, but don't go praising firefox. Firefox has its own CSS issues, and the javascript crap which comes up is just horrible in FF.

IE7 has made huge improvements in CSS over IE6. Its not perfect, just like FF isn't perfect, but at work (where I use IE7) I generally have to go and fix stuff for IE6, whereas IE7 and FF get it right.

By AlexWade on 10/10/2006 2:16:26 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest flaw that Opera/IE6/IE7 still get wrong are the CSS box model. Though no browser is perfect, FireFox does the best job at CSS.

By Murst on 10/10/2006 4:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
padding=0 and (in cells) (cell)spacing=0. Fixes that issue. Been doing it for years now (as have most developers most likely) so its not really an issue.

There's some things you just have to live with. I actually think its a smaller issue than, for example, having to break up the 'script' tag when writing it through javascript in FF (its really annoying to read code like that, especially if you have and IDE which colors different parts of the code differently).

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