IE 7 Review
Tips by Donald Burleson
As an Oracle developer I'm stuck using MS Internet Explorer because
FireFox does not render dynamic HTML-DB with Java properly.
This review shows some great new features of Internet Explorer 7
(IE7) with some direct comparisons to FireFox:
Easy to subscribe to RSS feeds in IE 7
IE 7 has a re-sizing and shrinking feature for better
IE 7 supports the Google Toolbar
Better security in IE7 (can't get worse)
Phishing feature of IE7 for Grandma
You can download the
IE 7 beta
here. I decided to be brave and try IE 7 and here are my
My Review of IE 7
A large motive for my beta review of IE7 was
prompted by the thought "How could it possibly be any worse than
IE 7 installed flawlessly and kept my Google
toolbar (suprize). However the installer trashed all of my
stored passwords in favor of their new, more secure approach.
My Favorite IE7 feature is tabbed windows, just
like in FireFox:
I was also happy to dump my old RSS aggregator.
The IE 7 browser has a nice built-in RSS feed manager:
All you need to do is enter the URL, and a "top
area" appears in the web page display, offering to let you subscribe
to the RSS feed:
To see your RSS feeds in IE 7 , you click on
the star icon (Favorites) and see the RSS feed button:
You can also globally control RSS new feed
settings in IE7, a nice new feature:
One limitation is that IE 7 does not appear to
support more sophisticated RSS feeds that employ Document Type
Definitions (DTD), a surprising limitation since DTD's have been a
coding standard since SGML days:
The Phishing window is a great idea because
alerts about Phishing site can be instantly transmitted from MS
headquarters to all IE 7 users, keeping Grandma safe from Phishing
In sum, I found the IE 7 beta to be very useful
and I'm glad that I made the move to the IE 7 beta.
review of IE 7 notes that IE 7 has a focus on better security:
"Security was the No. 1 investment we
made in IE 7, in terms of our development resources . .
more than 1,000 bugs have been dealt
with . .
Microsoft's phishing filter uses three
methods to prevent people from surfing to spoofed sites, Packer
said. It analyzes Web pages and checks for characteristics of
phishing sites; it compares addresses to a blacklist of known
bad sites; and it includes a list of known trusted Web sites."
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