First impressions with Internet Explorer 7.0 and FireFox 2.0

I just downloaded and Installed Internet Explorer 7.0 along with FireFox 2.0

First impression: Wow!

I didn’t have the time to have a deep look at them but I am really impressed. I am not impressed by their new interface (even if I find IE’s new interface quite nice), their new features (like embedded RSS reader, etc.) Nah, I am impressed by what make a Web browser a good one: rendering speed and standards complying.

My primary Web browser is Opera. Why? Speed, standards complying, multi-platforms, best tabs handling, the faster DOM manipulation, etc.

The first thing that stroke me when I both used IE and FireFox was their increase in speed. Web sites that were extensively modifying DOM document, on-the-fly, were much more faster (the speed difference between IE 6 and IE 7 with Talk Digger is awesome).

Users have a much better experience using these browsers now. Not for their new goodies or their new user interface features. Users have a much better experience using these browsers because they are much faster, they are much smoother so they are much natural.

Kevin Berton wrote about this dilemma sooner this week: more features or better performance (so better features)? In that case, better performance, so better features was the answer to the question (in my humble opinion).

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3 Responses to “First impressions with Internet Explorer 7.0 and FireFox 2.0”


  1. 1 milo Oct 20th, 2006 at 3:15 am

    Well, i don’t like ie (any), had some mayor probs with site design and the new ie7 causes some bugs too, if you’d follow the discussion. I’ll stay with Opera and Netscape.

  2. 2 Tim Oct 20th, 2006 at 5:00 am

    You’ve gotta feel sorry for microsoft when there’s a security vulnerability the day IE7 is announced. Well, ok, just a little bit ;)

    http://secunia.com/Internet_Explorer_Arbitrary_Content_Disclosure_Vulnerability_Test/

  3. 3 Fred Oct 20th, 2006 at 9:04 am

    Hi guys!

    Milo: yeah, it is true, IE 6 was old, and you had to develop many custom codes to let your web sites works well on it.

    However, I think many changes have been made in IE7 and I think (as far as I tested it) that they fixed many, many problems.

    But my point here was to explicit the fact that it is much faster than the previous version. All the reviews I read so far talk about its new features (the RSS thing,s etc). However, in my humble opinion, I don’t think it is what makes it great.

    Tim: yeah it is true, but bugs and security vulnerabilities will probably exist at least until I die in 70 or 80 years ;) IE, FF, Opera, Safari, name it, they all have bugs and security vulnerabilities (know or not).

    But I have to say that I have been really surprised by this new version; especially by the fact that there is no menu bar anymore. That way it leaves more space to read vertically (essential since all the new laptop are widescreen).

    Salutations,

    Fred

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