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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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RE: What will keep me using Firefox instead of IE7?
By TomZ on 10/10/2006 12:46:19 PM , Rating: 3
You can have your principles. I, for one, prefer to test out the different browers that are available the run the one I like the best, which right now is Opera.

By encryptkeeper on 10/10/2006 1:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
There's a point where you get so frustrated with Microsoft that you use as little of their products as possible. Lots of people have reached that point, and so have I. I did use IE for a long time, but one use of Firefox and I never went back.

By TomZ on 10/10/2006 1:12:07 PM , Rating: 2
I like other MS products - I just think that IE is a little mediocre. But I like Vista, Visual Studio 2005, and Office 2007, which I run all the time.

RE: What will keep me using Firefox instead of IE7?
By MadMax on 10/10/2006 1:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I recently tried Opera and immediately noticed the difference in speed. Opera is far more responsive than Firefox. I don't know if pages actually load faster, of if Opera just renders them faster, but in any case the difference is quite noticeable. And its features set is superior to Firefox as well. I was tempted to switch, but I just can't get used to Opera's interface. It seems cluttered to me. But I was definitely impressed. Right now, I have both browsers installed, and I switch between them depending on what mood I'm in.


By The Boston Dangler on 10/10/2006 7:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
I dumped FF for Opera around 1.5, it was getting worse with every new version. Not only is Opera's speed far better, it's a more robust program all together. Even all the little gadgets and stuff FF tries to do, are built in and done right. I do keep a shortcut to IE handy for a few sites custom made for it.

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