IE7 BetaPosted: March 21, 2006
I’ve been using the IE7 Beta release at home and on my notebook for about 6 weeks now. I am not using it on my primary work PC as I don’t want to introduce variables into supporting existing apps, etc.
So what do I think? Well firstly I’m a loyal IE user through and through. I’ve been using IE since version 3 and have never changed to another browser since. I may have installed a version of Firefox or Netscape on occasion for compatibility testing purposes but the browser I actually use when surfing the web has always been IE.
I really like the new UI and toolbar/menu layout. I think it looks nice and clean and is very functional. I have only encountered a few of the new security features but what I have seen so far I like. I accessed a site a few minutes ago with an expired SSL certificate and the action that IE7 took was clear and very secure by default. Even when I chose to continue it highlighted the address box a nasty shade of red and continued to show a warning next to the URL (I would’ve uploaded screenshots but I haven’t reinstalled Photoshop yet since my last rebuild).
I haven’t used the RSS feed features yet so I can’t comment on that. The Pop-up block seems to be getting better which each revision and so far I haven’t seen a popup get through, although I’m sure there will be somewhere. The page zooming feature is pretty neat and would definately help when designing pages.