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Upgrading to Internet Explorer 7

By Char

Internet Explorer 7 was recently moved from Beta to a full release. I knew it was coming but had actually forgotten about it for a while. Thanks to Working Solo, I am now aware of it and decided to give it a whirl.  After all, I have been up to quite a few changes lately, and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Anyhow, you can download the new IE7 at Microsoft’s site. It took all of about 5 minutes and an obligatory restart of my system.  I am still playing around with it and I expect it will take me some time to get used to it, but my initial reactions are:

  • It’s a little sleeker looking.
  • It uses tabs, much like Firefox, which are an improvement in efficiency once you get used to them.
  • Quick tabs are very cool as they give you screen shots of all the windows you have open at once.
  • RSS feeds can automatically be detected on a page.
  • There are fun little icons for the most often used tasks (home, print, tools, etc).

I’m sure there are other improvements and differences I haven’t found yet. Making the transition is pretty easy overall.

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