Well, here’s some news for avid Firefox/Opera/Safari users.
I like IE7. It works. No viruses or anything bad has ever crossed into my system (running XP SP2). The UI is quite simple enough.
That’s at least the gist of it. You can probably say the same for your other favorite browsers too, but here’s some of the main reasons why I prefer IE7 a lot (NOTE: I’ll do a lot of comparisons against the top alternative – Firefox):
- It’s VERY secure – Believe it or not, IE7 is currently the most secure browser out there. How is it IE7 more secure? Well unlike Firefox who depends more on marketshare for security, IE7 actually has built-in security measures. Things like anti-phishing, pop-up blockers, Vista protect mode, better ActiveX security, and other little features. Ed Bott claims that IE7 and FF are both equally secure. Computerworld (beware of pop-ups if you have no pop-up blocker) says that IE7 is also much more secure. I remember reading sometime in mid-2007 that IE7 was much more secure than Firefox. I have a hard time finding something more reliable to read off of.
- Better RSS reader – no doubt about it. The feeds in IE7 actually display a lot of info on new blog entries, including the title, the post itself, and you even search from within the feeds. Firefox only displays the title. Lifehacker agrees.
- More compatible with sites – This is true. IE is still very compatible with sites, and I appreciate that. Other browsers face the fact that sites won’t work on their browser sometimes.
- Speedy – compared to Firefox, IE7 is definitely speedy. Here’s my rank on fast browsers: Opera > IE7 > Safari > Firefox.
- Not a memory hog – You can’t say the same for Firefox 🙂
- Better tabbed browsing – IE7 takes tabs much more further than Firefox. You can do more with tabs in one click, while Firefox takes more mouse movements. There’s also Quick Tabs – viewing a small "snapshot" of all your tabs. PLUS, many tabs on Firefox really slows the browser down (hence the Memory Hog reference). IE7 still manages many tabs without a hitch.
- Tons of add-ons – Yeah, there’s actually add-ons for IE7. Free to paid. Good to bad. It’s there.
- Looks quite nice (in Vista) – On XP, it looks rather tacky. But with AERO effects, IE7 is actually a pretty awesome looking browser. If you use AERO. Otherwise you get the "beige" treatment.
- Full screen mode is awesome – the button on the toolbar, at the very far right, lets you view website in full screen, without seeing the browser itself or the Windows taskbar. Very helpful.
- Zoom controls do better precision – on Firefox, the zoom happens in the top right. On IE7, the zoom starts around where your mouse is. The parameters for zooming in IE7 are also much more wider, than the ones for FF. Meaning you can see things down to a pixel on IE7. Or as small as the site can be.
That’s the most I can think of. There’s probably more, but I’m not thinking much right now.
If you have IE7, I suggest you download IE7 Pro. IE7 Pro is an add-on that includes a ton of extra features that you can get in one package, including inline spell check, Tab History, adBlocker, and basically stuff that IE7 should contain. I’ve used it for a long time, and it’s free, and there’s been no problems on my computer using it. It’s super helpful. Give it a try:
So there you are. You might disagree with some of my opinions, but as far as I know, IE7 has worked for me, and it’s working for the 124 million users who have been using it since September. I love IE7.
Also check out Firefox myths : http://firefoxmyths.com/ – this site gives some real factual info. on the Firefox people think is so better.
Here’s my rating for the top 4 browsers:
IE7 > Opera > Firefox > Safari
I hope this article is helpful.