IE 7 beta 1 was released today to a select few. Thankfully, since Zunch is a Microsoft Certified Partner, we are “select”. So you think I’m writing this from IE 7, huh? Wrong. Still Firefox.
I know it’s sad, but I may completely boycott IE 7 before its even out of beta! I can’t find a single area where the browser made significant progress. Let’s run down the list of new features:
1) Tabbed Browsing: Welcome to the new millenium.
2) RSS Support: See above.
3) PNG Support: See above (and it looks like they didn’t even get this completely right).
4) CSS Improvements: This is where IE was the furthest behind, and they fixed a grand total of two CSS issues. Two! The browser should fully support the CSS2 standard by now, but it hasn’t even gotten CSS1 right. Simply unacceptable.
5) Security: Every browser has security issues, as no programmer or programming team can predict everything. There will always be security issues. IE7 includes a phishing filter, but it is off by default. News flash: The folks who fall for these evil deceits will have no idea how to turn on the filter. Heck, these are the same folks who go to Yahoo at search for www.tysonkirksey.com.
After the release a VirtualEarth (a capable product) and major advancements to their search offering (despite losing market share so far this year), I had really expected more from MS. I guess I was wrong.