Spreading the Internet Explorer 7 Hate
This is going to be a quicky as I don’t have a lot of time to post.
Upgrading to IE 7 might be a bad idea as at least one person has completely fragged his computer with it (more a Windows Update problem than an IE 7 problem). Oh yeah, and the first IE 7 security vulnerability has already been found (translated to english here, comments here).
And this is a good read about How Web 2.0 Starts with Internet Explorer 7 (except that the server is completely hosed). Internet Explorer 7 is going to be a big deal for the web because it is the first version of Internet Explorer with RSS support (which is better than Firefox’s RSS support).
Of course, Firefox is highly extensible and it gets amazingly better at RSS once you use persistent.info‘s Firefox Extensions. He works for Google and does a great job of creating little tools to enhance Google web apps.
- del.ico.us bookmarks to Google Bookmarks
- Google Reader in Gmail
- Improved “subscribe to RSS” with Google Reader
UPDATE: I’ve been trying Google Reader in Gmail. It’s awesome, I’m switching from Bloglines.
UPDATE: Read/Write Web has an excellent review of IE 7.
IE 7 is a huge improvement over IE 6. There is evidence of really good effort and innovation here – but there are also traces of the old IE that just do not fit. It seems like the IE team was pressured to release the tool (because of what Firefox is bringing out) before they had a chance to rethink and redo everything. Hopefully the shortcomings will be cleaned up in IE 8 – and that we won’t have to wait another five years before it comes out!
The bigger question is how does IE7 compare to Firefox 2.0 and is it enough to hang on to IE’s huge market share? This is a tough question to answer… but in terms of performance, cohesiveness of features and availability of add-ons – Firefox 2.0 is in better shape right now.