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February 1, 2006

Internet Explorer 7

Well, Microsoft has been improving the quality of their software for several years now.

And the features added in the current Internet Explorer beta are long-needed and welcome additions.

The user interface, on the other hand, continues the modern Microsoft transition of ungodly fugliness and inconsistency. IE 7 looks like nothing else in Windows. The entire interface is competing for your attention with oversaturated, attention-getting colors, drawing your eye away from what's actually important: web content.

It even takes inconsistency one further: the menu bar, which is always the topmost window element, is in the middle of my toolbar stack after installing IE7.

ClearType is also enabled in IE7 by default, regardless of your system ClearType setting, making it look utterly bizarre by comparison.

And the sound played to indicate IE has discovered an RSS feed is too similar to the "I stopped evil from happening!" information bar in IE6.

All that criticism out of the way, the improved standards compliance of IE 7 is welcomed. The built-in feed reeder is nice. The Phishing Filter is a great idea. Good work on the back end, guys, now just polish up the front end so it's less garish (e.g., so it doesn't resemble Mimi from the Drew Carey Show nearly so much), and you've got a keeper.

Posted by Colin at February 1, 2006 11:48 AM

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