Pros It looks good
Cons It doesnt function as well as Firefox or Safari
Summary The ever expanding proprietary software portfolio of Microsoft and it's rush to been seen as a corporate (industrial and reliable) software supplier has forced them to ensure that all of their products integrate and interact at a more predictable level. This makes the development of software more complex, time consuming and slow. In this situation the introduction of new features, the ability to innovate, and the reaction time to market forces are all severely dulled.
IE (Internet Explorer) and Office are two good examples. I don't know anyone that has seen Office 2003 and thought, 'now there is a feature I have always wanted'. Most people just think the UI looks better. In Microsoft's rush to ensure that IE is an intrinsic and non-removable part of Windows they have increased the complexity of the interdependencies between the various software components of core Windows and IE. This has increased the development time required to implement new features within IE. Microsoft were hoping to delay the new release of IE for the Vista release of Windows which would have saved a significant amount of developer time and would have mitigated the risk's associated with a new release of IE within the old Windows XP environment.
Now it seems that Microsoft have been cought out by the rapid development of open source browsers based on the Firefox code stream. Firefox has not been burdened with Windows interdependencies. The development times for Firefox are staggeringly quick. The number of security issues and vulnerabilities seem remarkable small (remember is open source). More importantly though, Firefox introduced features such as tabbed browsing and RSS that Microsoft's IE users lacked.
The IE7 Beta is here and looks very good. That though seems where it ends – on the looks. Tabs are now there and so is RSS support with some nice flashy graphics to wrap it all up. In what seems to be increasingly typical Microsoft style – the product (and I grant latitude here as this is a beta) is light on functionality and is likely to disappoint the techies out there. Anyone familiar with Firefox will clearly see IE playing catch up. Due at about the same time as IE7 is the new release of Firefox and I can't help thinking that IE7 will be out of date before it has been released.
Overall, Microsoft are likely to use their huge marketing budget to influence non technical people with the nice look and feel and I would expect take up of IE7 to be quite widespread. It is also likely that a number of companies who are locked into the Microsoft proprietary applications base will be forced to use IE7 and this will again increase the usage of the browser. Firefox is set to remain to be the most functionally rich browser platform for some time to come.
Pros Tabbed browsing, better security, separate from shell, better rendering, rss feeds
Cons None so far, but then again, I'm a security researcher, so I keep my eyes open
Summary To the biased individuals who have been writing their "reviews" of IE7, this page is supposed to help people who are actually serious about their browsing experience. Please keep your bias to yourself, or better yet post it on slashdot. I'm sure there are plenty of anti-MS zealots there who will be more than happy to listen. However, if you have used IE7 and still wish to stick with Firefox, then by all means disregard the last comment. My point is that this site is for posting reviews on products that you've tried.
About IE7, I'm actually using it right now to write this review. I can honestly say than from what I've seen, IE7 is going to be be a very hard blow to Mozilla. IE7 has great new features like RSS feeds and tabbed browsing. Also, backed by popular demand, IE7 is separate from the shell. That meens a more secure browsing experience.
Why a 9/10 instead of a 10/10? Because I feel that beta 2 will be so cool that it will fulfill that single point and reach the bar of a perfect review.
"What a shame!"on by AMeier
Pros You don't even need to try
Cons There's nothing new.
Summary The only thing that I can say pro IE7 is, that it's part of the system and so it will ship with the next windows version. So you don't need to install and update third party software.
Now, the other side:
There's nothing new in IE7. Or did I miss something? RSS and tabbed browsing are even better realized in Firefox or other IE-extensions like CrazyBrowser or Avalon. I am asking myself who really needs IE7??
Except Active-X support (which - on the other hand - opens backdoors for viruses, etc. again) there's no need for IE7 at all.
If M$ doesn't come up with some spectacular new features, IE will die soon. But I am starting to beleive, that M$ is slightly overcharged with all those products, which seem to become worse from release to release.
For me, this soon will lead to a Linux box for working. I start seeing Windows only as a plattform for playing games.
And NO, I am not a M$-hater... I even wrote lots of software for that OS, but as I said: Everything from Redmont is getting worse from release to release.
Pros Fixed a bunch of pressing CSS bugs
Cons Still has a bunch left
Summary Internet Explorer 6 is really the worst browser given its competition, but Internet Explorer 7 looks like it might eventually not completely suck. Hopefully. The interface is ridiculous at present and there are still a lot of CSS things left out but I think that once it's finished we'll see something that at least comes a little closer to IE6's current competitors.
Pros quick, better security, sleek interface
Cons still in beta ~ some bugs are to be expected
Summary Pay no attention to the Firefox fanboys who rushed to judgement on this board. C|Net should throw out those comments or start a new product rating with the new beta version. Microsoft just released IE7 Beta 2 to the public today. I just started playing with it. The review from before today are garbage. It is great that Microsoft is back in the browser war, putting out an improved product, and ultimately (through competition) improving all products for consumers.