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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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....what will keep me using firefox
By ncage on 10/10/2006 12:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
Ok what will keep me using firefox over all the others is the extension support. There are some extensions that i use in firefox and that i can't live without (see below). Firefox is secure and maybe the new ie will be just as good especially in vista since it will be sandboxed but you can do things in firefox to make it "more" secure like scriptblock, adblock, and flashblock. It would be really cool if ie would add extension support with .Net. They just have to be REALLY careful if they do this because this could open a big security window. I think .Net has proven itself to be pretty secure though. I know i have looked at some of the firefox plugins. Like a password utility that they had to manually do hashing/encryption in code and had no standard libraries to use. That would really suck.

RE: ....what will keep me using firefox
By vhx500 on 10/10/2006 12:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Extensions like Adblock, Noscript, Video downloader, Filterset.g updater, etc. are never going to be available for IE7 IMO. I'll stick with Firefox simply because of the extensions.

However, IE7 is a good thing for the rest of the MS users and corporate IT departments since it's security enhancements has been so far impressive.

By MrDiSante on 10/10/2006 9:42:41 PM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one that considers copious amounts of plug-ins a bad thing? Personally, I dont use them merely because I like my browser nice and extension-free. Anyhow, FF turned me off when I was on my old machine cause it was laggy and a RAM-hog (Pentium III 550mhz, 256 meg RAM) and old habits die hard.

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