Tuesday, October 31, 2006

IE 7 Gets something right? ...or not?

Well today was the day I could no longer put off testing within the new, 'Gold' release of the IE 7 browser. I had been checking now and then, but when issues arose, I kept saying, 'its a Beta - when they've finished playing, I'll get on the case'.

Its not such a terrible effort, considering the enormous difficulties MS face, simply due to their number of users, and the diversity of uses IE is put to. However I'm a little suspicious of a few failings.

The zoom problems, which make screen-readers and Java-script think the mouse is somewhere it isn't, for one. Luckily, our own Zoom feature work fine still. But theirs still needs work. As you will see if you follow the link above, or turn on the screen-read on the bar below.

But THIS made me laugh!

1) Install IE7.

2)As recommended, have anti-phishing switched on.

3) Then click on the link to Free Hotmail in your Links section of your toolbar.

Apparently Hotmail Login (I'm a Live user) is a "Suspicious website". Or so say MS, via their latest and greatest browser feature.

Should we tell them?

I've not tried duping this on any other installs, so may this may be a very rare bug, I have no idea, but I can reproduce after reboot on the VPC XP pro SP2 machine in question...

I have to say that this feels particularly good after so many years of seeing their hideous pop ups telling my users that my software might be a "security risk", after following their own guidelines to the letter on how to develop and deploy applications, for their operating system.


Better go play with Firefox 2.0 now...



Matt said...

At least they tried :), maybe they'll get it right with IE8.

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gifts said...

To be honest, IE7 feels like the exact same browser we've always had, this time just with tabs. I think they may have changed a few locations of buttons etc. on the menus and options areas. Other than that, feels pretty much the same.
Ok, it's not like they need to change anything. I mean, once a browser platform has an interface it's good to stick to the interface. But I still think Opera is the best, and second to that comes Firefox and then comes IE. I don't have access to Safari, so I don't know where to put that on the list, but most of my Apple friends tend to run FireFox on their MAC and only Safari occasionally... interesting...

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Or go play with Opera 9 instead-- as they've got a much better browser now, in my opinion.
I suppose that I never thought about the diverse uses they put IE to. I never realised that that could be one of the main reasons why they've lagged so far behind in what their browser can do. The idea of incorporating the browser into the OS is a pretty good idea, but I still think they could do a better job of both. However, that requires a heck of a lot of work, and will probably still a lot of time.

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Sigh…I though IE made it right this time. In the end you will still have to go back to Firefox. But oh well maybe they will get it right some time in the future.

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