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      24.08.2009 12:25
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      A browser that does the job, though a bit too limited for some

      One of the oldest Browsers on the market and by far the most widely used, Internet Explorer has in recent years been chastised as old and clunky, a bit beyond it's sell by date and passed by the new boys of the browsing world. Like Microsoft it's self it's been seen as too slow to alter to the changes going on around it's self and had found that things like Firefox and Chrome biting into it's market share as it lazed about thinking it was untouchable. Internet users had started to look elsewhere, why would they stay with a slow and cumbersome beast when they could easily streamline everything and cut out the vast chunks of risk associated with using the internet?

      With the growth of Firefox people started to look elsewhere, all we heard of IE was that it was flawed, it was full of exploits and was easy to hack, security was the problem and that is one thing no one wants to put at risk. It was said Firefox "Didn't have any", and was completely safe as well Firefox was quicker and introduced tabbed browsing and extensions. Firefox was the David taking on the Microsoft Goliath and we all like a David tale, so many of us joined in and swiftly Firefox was on the way up.
      What many didn't realise was the reason there wasn't any viruses and trojans on Firefox was because there was no point, when there is so few users there no appeal to hack into the program, with the boom in the browser their was also a boom in trojans.

      The complains about speed were all fair, it's still the one that seems to run the slowest of what is considered the top 4 (Opera, Chrome, Firefox and IE) and it's doubtful that this is going to change any time soon. Chrome has been streamlined for speed as opposed to features so will obviously dominate that until people use the open source of Opera and Firefox and find tricks. However despite the fact IE does seems like it's slower, it's not usually a problematic slow down in the version on my laptop (currently using IE7.0.6001.180000), and those complaining about ¼ or so of a second are being foolish. Yes it adds up over a day, however if your using tabbed browsing (which this version incorporates) then why not use that lag to use an alternative tab? People will tell you that if you browse 1000 pages a day them ¼ of a seconds add up (to 250 seconds, about 4 minutes), but why not use that time to read something that you opened before? If your like me you'll often often have background tabs running things like live sports scores (or share prices, conversion rates), a music player (BBC radio for example), a search engine and 2 other "active" tabs. Use that ¼ of a second to check your shares/scores simple it's why your using tabs and not windows.
      Yes Firefox (and Opera) did it first, but Microsoft moved with the times and got in on the act at last, so lets give credit there.

      A personal complaint with Firefox is it's a ram hog often building up it's usage to the point where you need to close it, Opera also seems to occasionally have that problem. Chrome takes the Mick and opens it's self as a new task for every tab which is irritating and a CPU (not RAM) abuser often needing to be sorted through the task manager. Guess which browser doesn't seem to have that problem? And also doesn't seem to be having a problem with any of the sites I use...oh that's right, Internet Explorer.

      Now whilst it's sounding like this is great and perfect, lets put the brakes on and admit it is still the most likely to get penetrated by a virus or a trojan horse and the Active X controls are irritating. The browser also suffers much worse than Chrome and Opera with regards to pop ups which is a problem most people would rather do with out full stop. In modern times more and more websites are being optimised for Firefox which means that IE could have problems with them in the future, which some sites stopping support for the older versions of IE altogether. As well as the problems that have been apparent with IE version 8 which has been a generally difficult browser to get anything from in a positive way and almost impossible to get rid of.

      Yes it's not my favourite browser, it's lacking the things I've become used to (gestures, the wand and the auto search) but it's still a more sound and complete browser than many of the others. The bigwigs at Mircrosoft have seen the challenge form the young guns and vastly improve their product between IE6 and IE7 so give credit where it's due, sadly with IE8 being a pain I won't be testing that any time soon. Most modern computers do come with this as well so you'll almost certainly have to use it at some point (even if it is just to download another browser) and thankfully it's not as problematic as I remember it being. The few problems are things that are lacking (extensions for those that are bothered, gestures and no auto search bar), which can in some cases be sorted (the google search toolbar) but on the whole some will put some people off, that's just the way it is. On the whole it is solid and dependable, sure it's not sex or attractive, but it will get the job done and there's not much more you can ask.

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      19.05.2009 10:51
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      For the good of the Internet, please choose another browser

      Ah, Internet Explorer where would the world be without you?

      In a better place...

      Internet Explorer and Microsoft in general have held up the development of the web for too long. Anyone with any decent knowledge of computers knows that IE is crap and will be using a proper web browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera or even Safari.

      You can just imagine the panic in the IE offices when someone woke from a 5-year long slumber to find that the browsers mentioned above are were not only creating better features and making the web easier to use, but were also slowly but surely cutting into Microsoft's market share.

      "What shall we do?" asks the development team in a panic. "Let's copy all the other browsers' best features and claim them to be our own" comes the cry from the back! "Great idea".

      Now, the unknowing public can claim Microsoft as their heroes for introducing tabbed browsing. When really their the villains for holding the world of web development back.

      Oh yeah, it's pretty unsecure too if you didn't know.

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      13.05.2009 21:56
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      a good simple web browser

      Internet Explorer is a internet browser, which is default for Microsoft Windows. It is easy to navigate, and simple to understand. Just enter the website you wish to access into the top bar and it will take you there quite quickly.

      It boasts lots of features such as favourites, setting a homepage, and tabs. But the thing that makes internet explorer good is the autofill function. I found this extremely useful and made form filling extremely easy!!

      Whilst Internet Exploer is a great simple and easy to use web browser, the design is rather unappealing, it is boring and bland.. looking very much the same as its previous versions! It is also more prone to hackers or spyware due to the high number of users using this.

      Personally, Internet Explorer has been extremely good to me in terms of not crashing and being quick to process what i needed it to. However, it isn't fun using it due to the interface, and what would make this perfect is a nice clean, sleek interface!

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        26.01.2009 12:37
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        Still the worst browser available.

        I absolutely hate Internet Explorer. As with everything Microsoft you are stuck with it if you choose to have a PC running with Windows. Bundled with every copy and version of Windows this web browser was the bane of my life until I discovered the joys of Mozilla Firefox and subsequently Opera. The latest non-beta version of IE is an improvement on previous versions but there are several things about it that still make alternative browsers far more appealing. Remarkably, a lot of people still seem unaware that there are alternatives to Internet Explorer 7 failing to discern the difference between accessing the Internet and browsing it. For me this is the only reason why IE is still a dominant force.

        Internet Explorer 7 is at least a sign that Microsoft has started to pay attention to it's competitors. Firefox particularly is rapidly catching up to IE and although it has not made a huge dent in terms of market share as yet, the fervent support this browser gets and the general lambasting Microsoft gets should be enough to sit up and take note. There are some major improvements in IE7 although other browsers should sue as Microsoft cheekily try nd pass off their improvements as new ideas. The introduction of tabbed browsing, something every other browser has had for years is a massive improvement. Finally, I can load up loads of pages with a single click and access each one easily with tabs on the top of the page. "Tab groups" are a nice idea as you can place your favourite sites into logical groups to be accessed altogether at a click. This is particularly handy if you want to compare products on ebay, amazon and play etc.

        The interface has been modified so the screen seems a lot bigger than it used to be and most things such as your homepage and favourites are a click away. It is also nice to have a built in searchbar which can search google etc. However, all this has been done before by both firefox and Opera. Despite Microsoft's best efforts. These features are not quite as appealing in a browser that still looks like it has been designed for children. It remains a very garish looking layout and icons have a "look stupid it is the homepage button" appearance.

        Strange really as there are some decent advanced features. Printing webpages for example is very easy and has a nice "shrink to fit" feature. This is something very handy for those of us who are fed up of wasting ink on a second page with barely anything on it. Particularly handy for sites such as AA routeplanner were there can be an extra half page of adverts. IE7 also automatically detects RSS feeds which makes it easy to subscribe to sites. Again handy if you want to keep up with the latest news or info from your favourites sites without constantly checking them. Of course, there are also the usual password remember and form autofill options although again I have seen this done better elsewhere.

        The above features do make IE7 the best version of Internet Explorer to date in terms of features. It is easy to use and looks smooth when browsing. However, there are so many reasons why this is still not the browser for any right thinking individual. Downloading the bugger for a start! I can download and have any other browser installed in minutes. They will import all my bookmarks and details and I can be off and away. No such luck with Microsoft. As with everything they release it takes a bloody age to download and install IE7. Not to mention the horrendous restarts your have to put up with to make it operational. Then there are the security issues. Despite the "dynamic security protection" Microsoft promises Internet Explorer remains the hackers choice of browser. Basic browsing is fine but the fact remains IE7 is so integrated with your operating system that a trojan or virus is almost inevitable.

        Perhaps the most annoying thing about IE7 is that the only reason I ever used it was because there is still the odd site (mainly surverys) that are not compatible with other browsers. It is therefore annoying that IE7 seems to have problems displaying survey pages and errors often occur with feature rich sites such as facebook. I had so many problems I have uninstalled and gone back to IE6. The main advantage of Internet Explorer in general is that some sites still refuse to adapt to modern web browsing so why design a browser that removes this advantage? Add to this the fact that IE7 is still by far the slowest browser available, takes up loads of your processing speed and that add-ons are fewer and less impressive than it's competitors and what you have is a compelling case for not bothering with it.

        Do yourself a favour. Get yourself an alternative browser to this ridiculous attempt at catching up to the competition. I recommend Opera 9.5 although many people still love Firefox. I would even recommend Internet Eplorer 6 over this large and clumsy download!

        N.B.

        Sample speedtest here:

        http://lifehacker.com/396048/speed-testing-the-latest-web-browsers

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          14.12.2008 15:27
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          My overall favourite internet browser

          Microsoft Internet Explorer is perhaps the most widely used internet browser in the world. And for good reason!

          There were huge changes between IE6 and IE7, and they were all a step in the right direction.

          Firstly, IE7 introduced tabs. Tabs are extremely useful, especially to someone like me. They allow you to have several web pages open in just one browser. This is really helpful, as I tend to do a lot of research on the internet - so I can have google in one tab, wikipedia in another, etc etc etc!

          The entire user interface for IE7 is actually very simple and straightforward. So nothing is hard to find, and you can hide menus/buttons that you don't use very often, so it's also customisable to your preferences.

          There is also the favourites button, which also has tabs for RSS feeds and your internet browser history. There is a search box integrated straight into the browser interface, which you can set to search with various different search engines. You can also specify to have more than one home page, so that each web page will open in a different tab when you open the browser.

          I think that's about it! Other than that, Microsoft IE7 does just about everything else you would expect it too. It also has a few add-ons, toolbars, etc, but I think that Firefox still leads the way is this regard.

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            14.12.2008 09:59
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            not so good but sometimes we have to use

            Almost since Microsoft Internet Explorer started to be open to users, I have been using it, for about 7 days. I am not trying to say I love it greatly as you will find later.
            IE7 provides many updates compared with old versions.
            1. User interface improved. It looks more beautiful than old IEs.
            2. Search bar where we can use different search engines, like windows live search (default), google, yahoo, ask, and etc
            3. Tab explores. It is useful to open multiple tabs in one window for internet surfers. We can use right mouse key or (Ctrl+T or Ctrl+W)to open or close tabs. Even we can drag tabs to new places.
            4. New favorite which integrates favorite, feed and history.
            5. RSS support
            6. Zoom in/out by the button or Ctrl+mouse wheel
            7. Higher securities. (fishing site alert)
            8. Compatible with most sites since almost all the sites are optimized for IE explorer.

            But still some problems
            1. It is often not stable. Frequently I have been seeing my IE7 being closed suddenly. Then all the web pages I opened are gone! It gives me a lot of trouble.

            2. Not open source and no many add-ons to be supported. So I can not extend the functions by choosing add-ons. On the contrary, firefox is doing the best in this area.

            3. Slow exploring speed

            4. A large space needed to install and a large memory to occupy during running


            In a word, IE is not good but sometimes we have to use it.
            *this review is also on ciao*

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            18.11.2008 17:40
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            Microsoft Internet Explorer 7

            Internet Explorer is my first and longest net browser, but not the one I recommended. I used internet explorer for the longest time just because I did not know other browsers existed. Now I am using Firefox writing this review, and I don't see any possibility that I will change back to IE.

            As a default browser, IE has its advantages. Because it is embodied in the Windows, you don't have to install a browser. I know installation is not a problem for many people, but it is indeed a problem. I have many neighbors who are older than me, they don't want to bother another installation, they just want some simply and fast browsing of internet. So, even I told my wife how the add-ons works perfect for Firefox, she just wants to use internet Explorer, just because it don't need an installation last for two minutes.

            What is more, IE 7 now supports tab browsing that would make more people using it. Tab browsing is my favorite function when I using Maxton or Firefox. In that IE 7 has such function, I think it will still be the dominant browser for a long time, although a geek may think it is useless.

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              28.09.2008 16:23

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              Firefox is better

              I have to say that Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) is not a great web browser, but it pushes the IE browser into this generation alongside Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

              IE7 is the most popular web browser, but it is nowhere near the best. Many people use it because it comes bundled with windows and cannot be uninstalled. The majority of people do not know that there are other options.

              IE7 is slow and has a strange engine for showing web pages. In firefox you can load pages sometimes twice as fast as in IE. Sometimes when browsing firefox and safari will display pages fine, but because of the way IE displays CSS it can mess up web pages.

              It has all the usual features, but the options are arranged in a strange way making it fairly hard to find out how to change settings.

              I would highly recommend that you switch to firefox for a better experience.

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              23.09.2008 12:41
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              Best to use another browser like FireFox which is safer and faster...

              Microsoft Internet explorer is the newest stable release of the popular browser.Thee is currently Internet Explorer Version 8 which has been released as a beta although you should not use it as your default browser yet as it is only for testing purposes. Microsoft Internet Explorer is the most used browser around. Though mainly it is because it comes with Windows computers although people are now starting to migrate to other browsers rather then the default browser on their computer.

              Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is a massive improvement on the previous release of Internet Explorer which was version 6. There has been many improvement to it to bring it more in-line with all their competitors in the browser world such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Apples Safari browser. In Internet Explorer 7 they added the tab feature so if you want to visit a large number of sites at the same time you don't have to have multiple windows open to view them all. Instead they are all in one browser window and you can easily flick between them without have to keep swapping windows from your system tray or by minimizing the window to view another one. Also this helps keep the system tray cleaner so it is easier to find other documents you have open so if you are at work with multiple windows open and you boss walks in it is easy to find you work so it looks like you have been working.

              Also to help bring it more inline with their rivals they have worked on increasing security of the browser. Internet Explorer has a bad security record and is known for allowing viruses to easily infect your PC. One main reason is through Activex which is a Microsoft product so it doesn't affect any other browsers. This had causes alot of problems. Now in Internet Explorer 7 is allows you to disable a large majority of the Activex controls to help prevent possible vulnerable controls from being exposed to attacks from malicious websites that aim to infect your PC.

              Microsoft have added a Phishing filter to warn users if a site is known for being a Phishing site. A Phishing site (pronounced fishing) is a website that pretends to be another site in order to trick people to give out their personal information such as user names and passwords. What usually happens if people send out fake emails from banks or websites like Paypal telling people to click the following link to visit the website and that they must log in and change their account details. Actually in fact the site is not real and they are able to get their log in information so therefore they can log into their real account on the real website and can have access you all you bank information. By telling you that the site is a Phishing site it prevents you from entering the information therefore prevents you from losing your money.

              Internet Explorer also finally got up to date with other aspects on the web such as transparent .png images. These are images that have a clear background. The problem in previous releases of Internet Explorer they used to show with a grey background rather then a clear see through background like in Internet Explorer 7 and all the other browsers. For example in you have an image of a red circle you will see a red circle with no background so it will blend in to whatever colour the background of the website is and the patten although in previous releases it used to show a red circle but with a grey box around it what ever colour the website background is so it used to stand out and not blend in with the website.

              Another major enhancement that Internet Explorer 7 has over Internet Explorer 6 is that it is far easier to clear all the stored data that your browsers store. Whenever you visit a site your browsers stores various bits of the content of that site on your computer. It stores parts of the websites such as the images and logo. This helps the site load quicker when you view the site again so that is why a site loads quicker the second time you load a page then the first. Also and more importantly is stores little files called "Cookies" These store information about your visit and help to keep you logged in on sites like this. This can cause a problem if they get stolen. Also you can be given what is called "Tracking Cookies" by some sites that do what the the name suggests and track what are doing on the site such as what pages your are viewing, how often you view them, how many pages you visit and basically spy on you and what you are doing. You browser also saves search field data (shows recently search items by you) and it can also save password and login information (if you allow it too). Internet Explorer easily allows you to clear all these from one screen and with one click of a button. This is good as you can easily get rid of any tracking cookies and saved passwords on cookies that contain login data that cold be stolen by people who want your information.

              Overall Internet Explorer 7 is a massive improvement on Internet Explorer 6 although it is still quite far away from other browsers like Mozilla FireFox, Opera and Apples Safari browser. IE 7 can take a while to load some pages that are quite heavy (quite a big file size) as IE does tend to wait for the whole page to download before showing you the page or at least a lot of the page to load before showing it where as other browsers show it as it loads so if you load a website and you downloaded the logo already it will show in other browsers although Internet Explorer likes to not show the logo until the rest of the page has been downloaded. This can get slightly annoying on slow loading sites i find. Additionally Internet Explorer is still not as safe and secure as other browsers and still lacks some extra security that other browsers have. Also there is a lack of features missing that would make the browsing experience better for the users using the browser. There are quite a few issues with websites using Internet Explorer as internet explorer is a pain for website designers to code for and alot of people give up trying to make their site work properly in IE so they just leave it working properly for all the other browsers but with IE 7 you get alignment issues or a piece of code won't work like a banner rotator or something which can be very annoying for web masters if their site isn't displaying properly.

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