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Internet Explorer v7 - First Impressions

By Andrew Pollack on 11/12/2006 at 02:38 PM EST

After allowing Microsoft to install this "Priority Update" which moved me from IE6 to IE7, I've played a little bit on both my laptop and my workstation. Overall, it's a step up but feels very unfinished. It's also extremely annoying in a few regards. Some problems I have with it....

1. I f#cking hate "cleartype" which on my nice NEC 19" monitor makes text look vague and fuzzy even after using their free "tuning" tool. My Dell Laptop as well, looks like shit if cleartype is enabled. It may work better for people not using their monitor's optimal resolution. It took me 10 minutes to find where to turn it off. It's at the end of the list of "Advanced" options.

2. It set itself or outlook or some other crap to be my primary email client. Of course, Notes spotted this when it came back up after a reboot and allowed me to set it back, however my problem is that the installation of IE did this WITHOUT ASKING ME. That's not acceptable.

3. It's one thing for Firefox to come without add-ons and expect you to go find your own but it's quite another for IE. This is the browser people use when they DO NOT want to spend time looking for ways to make their "browsing experience" better. It needs to be "finished" when you install it.

4. Half the buttons and options I'm looking for aren't in any useful place. I can't right-click to refresh a page? Where did all my functions go? Gack.

Overall, it's got some neat new features which are mostly unfinished that do not make up for the annoyances it has added.

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