Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 - first thoughts

Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 - first thoughts

Summary: I downloaded a copy of the latest beta version of Internet Explorer released yesterday at MIX and while I think there are some nice improvements, there appears to still be some work needed before this will ready for prime time.

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I downloaded a copy of the latest beta version of Internet Explorer 7 released yesterday at MIX and while I think there are some nice improvements, there appears to still be some work needed before this will ready for prime time. Jim Rapoza at eWEEK gives the new beta a brief review and has posted a nice selection screen shots showing the evolution of the user interface. A few new features have been added since the last beta like page sharing tools and a better interface for managing RSS feeds.

I had mixed luck installing the beta. It simply refused to install on a test bed Virtual PC machine running an up-to-date installation of Windows XP Pro. I had better luck installing it on my working system and the uninstall rolls back to IE 6 just as gracefully as the previous beta.

I can't recommend using this as an all-day, every-day browser unless you're comfortable rebooting and/or killing processes in the Task Manager but if you're curious about where  Microsoft is headed with their browser, you might want to take this beta for a spin.

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  • General Stability

    I dunno about the last couple comments. Beta 2 seems to be quite a bit more stable then it's predecessor. In fact I've had not one issue with it since installation yesterday which I also had no problem. Now if they could just make it stand up to the acid2 test I might have gloated about it, but alas it still isn't there.
    Ragon2727
    • Have you put it under load?

      The issue I encountered with the first beta that I can only make happen under extreme conitions with beta 2 are causing a hang when trying to open a large set of tabs (10+ in beta 2, 5 or more in beta 1). I still get an occasional "phantom" iexplore.exe process hanging around after exiting but it's pretty random and difficult to reproduce.

      I didn't have too many issues with beat 1, truth be told. I just do not recommend beta software to most people aside from the technically curious. I appreciate that ZDNet readers are generally ahead of the bell curve when it comes to technology but I think most of these betas belong on test bed systems and not on everyday production machines.
      morchant
      • I have loaded it

        Even under a large load I've been pretty stable, but I did notice (This is be a huge shocker)that not all machines can hold the stability. On my personal PC running Xp Pro SP2 on 4 gigs of ram Beta 2 has had nadda one issue. That's even under 10+ tabs running various applications at the same time (I.E one running Java games, one streaming audio, etc, etc,...) But I have had issue with another PC running Home SP2 with only a 1 gig. Iexplore.exe does seem to hang off and on with an occasional locking of a random tab or two.
        No I do not recommend this software to anyone other then a few of my geeky buds. While I do like the general direction that IE is headed. They have more then enough hiccups to get around right now. We'll just have to see what the end product looks like before judgement can be made.
        Ragon2727
  • thumbs up

    running on XP SP2 fully patched on a P4 with 512 ram.
    I'm very pleased, I like the interface and the performance, in fact, I get annoyed when I have to leave work and go home and use IE6 again (I can't install IE6 at home because I can't install SP2 because it breaks everything on my pc).
    I've been using it all day everyday and its never crashed or hung up or anything, and I use it a lot, I use weird active X controls, all kinds of bizarre web-interfaces for work, it all works great.
    PLUS, the last round of IE exploits do not work on IE7, which would seem like a good indicator that maybe MS really has addressed security in this latest release.
    corticus
  • ie7 Beta

    Mozilla Firefox is better than IE7.

    I uninstalled IE7 pronto after giving it a workout.

    Click on a live link in an email and you get Outlook Express.

    And Microsoft does not have the solutions stored in one place where you can go and fix things.

    It still does the same thing as IE6.

    I disable the Status Bar and when I get a popup window I want the status bar is back.

    Maybe Bill thinks I should have one.
    henkenm9