IE7 - so help me, I think I like it

I was wary

of installing the beta version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 on my

personal laptop, but with the release of Beta 2 I decided to take the plunge

and see if this new browser has more to offer then what is currently available.

I made an target="_blank">image gallery of my initial experience.

To my

surprise, the installation was relatively painless and to my amazement, I

haven't found a Web page yet that will not render. Granted it has only been a

day or so, but I have visited my list usual Web sites and I have no complaints.

In general,

I like the overall look and feel of IE7 and I can see myself adopting it as my

primary browser when it is released. I know that will upset some of you and I

can already hear the cries of security vulnerabilities and impending doom. But,

for the most part, I am not all that worried about my browser security. I don't

surf the Web indiscriminately so the chances for me to stumble across the

nefarious random Web site are rather limited.

Besides, I

don't really like Firefox. I'm not sure why, but Firefox just didn't seem to

match my eye. I would close windows when I meant to expand or minimize them;

things like that. That's not to say that Firefox has something wrong with it; I

just can't get comfortable using it. It is strictly a personal preference.


check out the

target="_blank">image gallery

and let me know what you think of IE7,

especially in comparison to Firefox and Opera. I know many of you are

passionate about your browser choice, so I expect to get some flak, but

remember I have absolutely no passion for my browser. If you want to sway me

toward your browser of choice, stick to the facts.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.