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So the big news this last week was the near simultaneous release of Internet Explorer version 7, and Firefox version 2. Naturally the tech press is all a'twitter over the feature sets, the competition, and what each means to the future of the other.
IE7 has been a long time coming. But I have to say that many of the changes really have me shaking my head.
For example, the address bar is now above the menu bar - and you can't move it. Now I'll admit, losing the address bar is a frequent problem, but cementing it to the top of the window in a new and unfamiliar location was not, in my opinion, the answer.
Example number two: where's the friggen home button? It's completely beyond me why they would move one of the most commonly used buttons to a completely different, and I'll say bizarre location.. (Can't find it? Look sorta off to the right on the bar that has the new browser tabs. Took me a while too.)
Now, I'm certain ... ok, I'm hopefully ... that IE 7 includes all of IE 6's security updates. There's also list of new security related features, most interesting of which might be the anti-phishing trap. Personally I'm looking forward to learning whether the "Diagnose Connection Problems..." tool actually helps - that's another very common problem I hear about here at Ask Leo!.
Firefox 2 is a more subtle upgrade. In fact, unlike IE 6 to 7, about the only thing you'll first notice after upgrading is that several of your extensions won't work - though those do seem to be getting updated relatively quickly. Like IE 7, Firefox 2 includes several enhancements - including, surprise, a new phishing filter.
But upgrading FireFox certainly isn't as jarring as upgrading IE. In fact, upgrading from IE 6 to FireFox 2 is probably less of a usage change than an upgrade to IE 7.
So here's my recommendation, for IE and Firefox users alike:
Upgrade to IE7. You can do it now, if you like, or you can simply wait for the expected push through Windows Update. I'm trying it both ways to see how that goes.
Also install or update to FireFox 2. I've done this on both of my primary machines.
The bottom line? IE is really a part of Windows and is used by many other applications. This and future updates should continue to improve the security of your system. But that doesn't mean you need to use it as your browser. Go ahead and use this opportunity to switch and begin using Firefox as your browser.
It's what I do.
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