August 28, 2006
So I installed Internet Explorer 7 on Friday. I have despised IE ever since I can remember, and used Firefox even before it was called Firefox. Yes sir, I distinctly recall downloading and extracting the zip file that contained a browser called Phoenix. Version 0.4
I cannot begin to enumerate the things I find so irritating about IE.
No, on second thoughts I can
- No tabs
- Inability to print some pages without cutting off large chunks of the margin
- Tendency to crash mid-download taking down (with a loud crash) all other open windows
- No tabs
- Search dialog that obscures the text
- Cavalier disregard for web standards
- No tabs
So finally, after reading a few reviews, I thought why not? Give it a shot. After all, I like to keep an open mind.
Internet Explorer 7 is a 14MB download. If, of course, your Windows is legit. Within no time you’re merrily on your way
The next order of business is the licence term, which, as usual, you won’t read.
Once you have agreed, you again have to validate your windows. If I’m going to be bothered about this anyway, validating before download is a wee bit redundant.
Next the installer will suck a variety of bits and pieces down the line.
Then it gets cracking on the IE 7 downloads
And gets on with the installation
It then removes what it considers to be malicious software. I don’t mind saying for a second there I suspected it was nuking Firefox
On to its core components
And finally you’re on your way!
The first shock is that Google is the default search engine, and not MSN or Windows Live Search
Trousers have pockets at the hips because they are very convenient at that particular location. They are easy to reach right where they are and they follow thousands of years of convention.
The merry men behind IE’s interface apparently do not ascribe to this particular school of thought. In their wisdom they defy convention and move around the function buttons away from where they have come to expect them.
Figure: Opera with the back history, back, forward, image and reload buttons
Figure: Mozilla with back, history, reload, stop and home buttons.
Figure: IE 7. Back and forward are on the left. Reload and stop have inexplicably migrated over to the right of the address bar. Years and years and years of conditioning have led me to expect everything to do with page navigation on the left. I invariably find myself mousing over to the left only to discover reload and stop are not there!
For 10 points and a ladle of gravy, try to find the print button.
Dudes, if it ain’t broke – Don’t fix it!
Another feature that could bear fixing is the find. Find that gets in the way of my text is of little use! Though someone has cottoned on to it and moved it to the top right of the screen, still, its in the way!
Opera has this very same problem
Firefox’s solution is the most elegant
The improvements though are several orders of magnitude
Choice of search engines
Open in new tab
It does, however, lack one thing I rely on heavily that Firefox and Opera both oblige
Search text in Google (Firefox)
Search text in Google (Opera)
When it comes to memory, IE does not disappoint. Hot on the heels of Firefox, it makes itself at home and takes great liberties with your RAM.
However, it has yet to beat Firefox’s record on my notebook (198 MB). And it can clean up after itself, unlike Firefox that merrily consumes away
Very impressive improvement over the howling dog that was IE 6.
Not bad at all.