Forget MSN Explorer. This so-called Explorer will let you explore MSN features...no more. Absolutly uncostomizable, this navigator is destined to be used by unfamiliar websur=fer who wants the "all-done" and "all-ready to use" You more than one account? One for the family, one for your friends and one for newsletter? then forget it no pop- retrieving works with MSN explorer. You want to custom your side bar Great you got to choose up to 4 module on your left bar isnt more than you could imagine? And what about MSN 8 .... DO NOT BOTHER TO BUY IT ...i tried it and you'll get stuck in the Microsoft world . Go check www.opera.com... This is THE navigator that wxill please everyone because you can do whatever you want with it and the free version has no ads.
What Is It MSN Explorer is the new and fully featured Internet explorer from MSN the mega e-company behind the success of Hotmail. In MSN Explorer, MSN have managed to incorporate the efficiency of the email phenomena with smooth and slick browsing. Apart from being a breath of fresh air from Internet Explorer and Netscape, MSN Explorer is innovative. Features - Email button MSN have incorporated the same technical prowess behind Microsoft's Outlook into a browser, which offers similar functionality. The Email button allows users to quickly and efficiently access their mail without having to go through the trouble of re-signing into their account. In addition rather than having to wait for all emails to load which is a slow process for dial-up users, MSN Explorer stores old emails in your hard drive (which isn't a problem because they are usually just a couple of kilo-bites) and only looks for new emails and downloads them quickly and conveniently. Features - Online Contacts This is just a small button, which is closely related with the MSN Messenger phenomenon that you undoubtedly have heard of. Anyway, this button tells the user how many contacts are online at the same time that they are surfing the net. Using this button the user will we alerted when contacts arrive or leave, one also has all the options available on the MSN Messenger platform to them here such as blocking contacts etc. Features-The Radio Button You have probably got the idea that MSN Explorer is all about the buttons and this is especially evident in the Radio Button, which is my personal favourite. Traditionally, in order to listen to an avi file; one would have to wait for the huge, memory consuming Real Player to load, but the Radio Button is a nifty little button which produces the same functionality when it comes to radio. Trivial Features Apart from the specialised buttons, the user will find nice litt
le touches such as the customisable email alerting feature or the welcome note, which alternates during the day. All these features although small make MSN more welcoming and user friendly that the rude bed side manners of Internet Explorer. Features-Conclusion MSN Explorer's features are all about creating a more organised and user-friendly experience when one is surfing the net. This makes for a highly functional browser, which shall cancel out other programs from eating memory unnecessarily. Apart from these new modernised features, traditional users of Internet Explorer will also find the essential buttons such as back, favourites etc. Interface The interface of the browser is very welcoming and reassuring. Rather than the harsh and monotonous colours of Internet Explorer, MSN boosts a range of colours and high quality graphics. For instance, you may all be familiar with the MSN Messenger buddy logo, or the Outlook Email Logo, all of these are smartly incorporated into the browser. The result is the feeling that you are somehow much more organised and prepared for any website, you don't feel that you will have open numerous programs just to access the full functionality of a website, quite reassuring. (I know I find myself often opening Outlook & Real Player just to access the features of a website such as Amazon). How Much? Basically like many software products now on the Internet, MSN Explorer is free; but please don't be disheartened by this fact or you're past experiences of free software such as the Spy ware Gator. This is a sincere piece of software of high quality and simply is produced to compliment the Hotmail/MSN dream. Installation The product is downloadable from the Internet; the file size is also relatively small. I can't give the website URL due to Dooyoo regulations but CNET's download website has it and so of course does MSN's. Once downloaded, in
stall; the installation program will tell you to close any other browsers running and then MSN Explorer will be ready for use. I didn't even have to restart my PC. Speed Issues Similar to the brilliant Opera, which I strongly recommend, MSN Explorer is somewhat faster than Internet Explorer although I cannot compare it to Netscape since I do not regularly use it. It seems as though when it comes to speed issues, Internet Explorer is being left behind by the new cats, a fact that shall drive away their customers. Now although the speed difference isn't truly noticeable if you are using broadband, dial up modem users will indefinitely note the difference. Stability Now, here I must say that I favour Internet Explorer over MSN because a lot of windows can be opened with Internet Explorer without the system crashing whereas MSN Explorer can only manage a couple of windows. This is the same problem that Opera has and I will now explain why! Imagine Internet Explorer as a window, there is no house, just a window, you can have as many windows as you want because they are cheaper than buying a house. Now imagine MSN Explorer as a house with windows inside it. There are only so many windows you can fit in the house. Although the house will be more powerful, the Internet Explorer windows will be much more. Inevitably the cost of running the house and windows is paid by your PC's memory. If too many windows are used, the cost becomes too high and you PC can't afford all the memory, it crashes. Conclusion MSN Explorer is a brilliant piece of kit, but I am not just going to sing is praises but rather say who I recommend it for and I recommend it for those who are light surfers, regularly use their hotmail account and have a dial up modem. On the flip side for those who require over 8 pages open at anyone time then this is not the browser for you unless your PC is especially high tech.
However, even broadband users and heavy users will find that this piece of software is innovative and exciting.
‘Good morning’, a particularly chirpy American voice wishes me (with heartfelt sincerity, I’m sure,) as I log onto my account and into the wide world of the World Wide Web. After a few brief seconds, I see an explorer window pop up, which very informatively tells me, among other things, how many e-mails I have in my Hotmail account, what the weather is going to be like in Singapore today and reminds me that my rabbit’s birthday is coming up in a few days’ time. Quick and immediate access to anywhere on the web, with the added bonuses similar to that of a ‘Galaxy Caramel’ to the original. This is MSN Explorer. MSN Explorer is the latest in a long line of offspring from the original MSN name, created and owned by Microsoft. With Hotmail and MSN Messenger already taking over most of the world’s online computers with e-mail and instant messaging, it only seemed appropriate that such a program should follow. For those of you unaware of what exactly Explorers are, let me explain. An Explorer is a means of getting around the Internet and checking mails, usually by typing in an ‘http’ address at the top of the screen. In fact, you will almost definitely be using one to look at this right now if you’re using a computer. Most people tend to opt for the popular ‘Microsoft Internet Explorer’, although a large number of people also use ‘Netscape Communicator’ or ‘Opera’ to find their way around as well. Since MSN Explorer was released only a few months ago, it is still relatively unpopular and unknown, but is no doubt going to be a massive hit when people begin to cotton on to just how good this system is. ---So why is it so much better than all predecessors, particularly Microsoft Internet Explorer?--- MSN Explorer has features. And by features, I don’t just mean a couple of extra ‘bits on the side’ that no one ever bothers
with. These features are massive, and are guaranteed to change the way we work in future. First up is the E-mail button, which takes us directly into our own Hotmail (an e-mail account from MSN) account. Quick and convenient, and you don’t even need to re-sign in to access them. The entire inbox loads up in mere seconds, since the mails, which have been on since the last time you checked are stored on the computer for quick access, and new mails are searched for immediately on the network. Of course, this being a highly advanced program, it also tells you how many new mails you have as soon as you log in, and every time you get a new one via a small number at the top of the screen, which indicates how many mails are new in your inbox. Next is the ‘Online Contacts’ button. This, unsurprisingly, tells you how many contacts you have on at any one time from MSN Messenger (the previously mentioned Messenger is a way of talking to friends with other Hotmail accounts who are online via instant messaging). As with Messenger, you can appear off-line or busy if you desire to carry on working in peace, without interruptions. The MSN Calendar, which reminds you of important events is also in-built, as is a photo-album and a ‘Favourite on-line Chatrooms’ section. There is also a ‘Radio’ button, an in-built Windows Media Player, which appears from nowhere every time you start up a .avi file program online, and multiple other functions aimed at making your on-line life as manageable as possible. There is even a search engine on every window, a ‘Favourites’ section for access to your favourite sites, which you can organise however you would like, and options such as shopping, checking your stocks, looking up maps and checking for news. All the standard features such as ‘Refresh’, ‘Back’, ‘Forward’, ‘Stop’ and ‘Print’ buttons are still there too. <
br>As well as all this, MSN Explorer is a lot easier to find your way around on than other programs. The layout is superb, and the buttons are colour-coded to make it quick to find what you’re looking for. E-mail, for example, is white and with a picture of an envelope. ‘Online Contacts’ are green and in the shape of a Messenger buddy. The design is also excellent – a lot brighter and livelier than the dull two-colour system on ‘Microsoft Internet Explorer’. The main design is dark blue, with You even get a choice of picture for your account, so, before you log on, on the start up-screen, you can see which account is yours if other people have accounts on the computer as well. And, would you believe it, it’s free! Another completely free product, which can be downloaded from the MSN website (http://www.msn.com). It takes only a short while to download, and then, after a quick installation, it is ready to use, and extremely easy to pick up as a program, particularly if you’ve used a similar sort of program in the past. Nice touches such as the greeting when you come online (which changes according to the time of day), choosing sounds to play whenever new contacts come online or you get a new mail (which are available on MSN Messenger as well, but are much easier to adjust on here) and a word-search on every page (which basically enables you to find a particular word on a page, very handy if you’re reading long articles and only want a small relevant portion) are also used. I’m not sure quite how it does this, but for some reason, MSN Explorer takes less time to load up pages than ‘Internet Explorer’ when you’re online. Despite the fact that both may use a 56k or broadband modem, for example, it always seems to be a lot quicker. The whole program is designed to save you time and money in whatever you want to do, and they seem to have ‘hit the spot’, wit
h everything perfect. Well, almost everything. ---The disadvantages of MSN Explorer--- Note that this section is not titled ‘The disadvantages of MSN Explorer over Internet Explorer’. That’s because, as far as disadvantages are concerned, this program has none over Internet Explorer. It’s a far better product, and is a definite improvement on any previous models by any company. My complaint comes in that there are a few annoying tendencies of the browser, which, after a while, become more and more irritating. My first problem with the system is ‘crashing’. As with all programs, crashing is becoming more and more an issue. We want as many as 10-15 windows open at a time for most of us, and it is usually possible, providing you have a high-spec computer and a relatively large amount of free space on the hard disk. However, open more than 3 windows with MSN Explorer, and the whole thing goes. This isn’t a general rule, but I find you’re lucky to get more than 5 minutes in with 3 windows or more open, and the whole thing goes nuts. High-quality graphical design, or just simply taking up masses of memory – whatever it may be, it’s annoying. Secondly, you don’t always have the choice of what window to shut down. Once the main window has opened up (after you’ve signed in), to open up new windows is easy (press Ctrl + N, or New Window button). However, certain information can only be found on the main window browser (which can be used for looking at web-pages in the same way as all the other windows) such as the ‘Sign Out’ button, for when you want to close the program down. Hence, MSN have made it so it’s impossible to shut this window down without doing the same to all of them. Press to close on this one, and they all have to close. Not entirely useful, I think you’ll agree. My third ‘bite on the bum’, so to spea
k, is the ‘E-mail’ button. I have three e-mail accounts in total myself – one is used for my main business and online work (anything to do with signing up to websites, messages from companies, etc.), one for sending social e-mails to my friends, and one that acts as my mother’s address (dear thing gets confused every time she tries to use the Internet, but still likes to seem cool to her friends!). With the two accounts I use e-mail for the least, the ‘E-mail’ button works fine. However, on my one main e-mail account, every time I press the button, I have to wait for nearly quarter of an hour before all my new messages have come through to my screen (and I don’t get that many, so size can’t be the matter!). The same problem also occurs with my brothers’ account, which is rather odd. ---Conclusion--- For something that’s free, it can’t be bad. Being able to incorporate your existing MSN account, address book and contacts into a new system with improved looks, style and speed is something that all online users are guaranteed to want. Less precious time wasted, and more time…well, in most people’s cases on here, writing or rating! Strongly recommendable, especially if you already have a Hotmail account. If not, you can sign up for one free of charge at http://www.hotmail.com and then download the browser, again free, at http://www.msn.com. There are plenty of things still yet to be perfected, but the overall system is most impressive considering its age and cost. Full of features, full of fun and the future of online browsing, a definite recommendation for any Internet user.
Like most people I have the browser that a lot of people use..Microsoft Internet Explorer. I have version 6, and at the time of downloading MSN Explorer I had 5.5. Anyway, We all know Internet Explorer can bug you off sometimes, those "illegal operation" windows that make IE close, probably the 2nd most annoying thing about your computer, No1 being a crash of the whole thing I suppose. IE5.5 wasnt doing it's job, and I was ready to get rid of it, and install it (thinking that would get rid of the bugs in it), however I received an e-mail in my Hotmail account, "Download MSN Explorer today from this link" I had heard good things about this new browser, so I took the plunge and downloaded the 5.3MB file to my computer. I installed the application and then I got my first look at the new MSN Explorer... First thing I noticed was how BRIGHT it was, IE isnt really the most brightest application, but this MSN Explorer was designed like it was for a young child! So, you get a frame-like browser, the bit up the top is a nice silver-like colour and the bit on the side is a blue colour. Anyway the stuff on the top toolbar is "Home" which obviously takes you home (the home is the MSN homepage though). The best touch on the MSN Explorer toolbar is "E-mail" One of the big problems on the MSN Messenger toolbar when you want to look at your new messages is, that it ends up going to a new window in IE to let you look at Hotmail, however MSN Explorer with one click lets you look at your e-mail in seconds! Great touch from the Microsoft guys here. Next is "Favourites", a bit like the favourites drop down menu on IE, it basically allows you to add to, delete or organise your favourite webpages. Pretty good looking, and it isnt in a menu, your favourites are shown in the window below. The biggest change is with MSN Messenger which is shown as "Online Buddies" and it shows the
number you have online. When you press on it, it drops down a menu that shows you: your name, who you are in a conversation with and the other people who are online, but you aint talking to. I am a fan of nice graphics, and the menu used here looks pretty cool, nice silver look like the toolbar. When you send an instant message to a mate you will notice the difference between the MSN Explorer MSN Messenger and the normal MSN one, the MSN Explorer one has been spruced up, again with the silver-blue look that really makes it look classy, it is the same MSN Messenger, however quite a few features have been taken out of the MSN Explorer instant message window, you cannot save the conversation (if you wanted to), the menus that were available on the normal one are gone, and replaced with an "options" menu which contains the chance to change the message font, send a file..etc when you click on "settings" in the options menu, the MSN window in Explorer opens up lots of possiblities with MSN Messenger. It allows you to change your sign in name, choose whether to have that little alert sound when a buddy signs in, see your block/allow list, change proxy settings and even make Internet Phone Calls with your PC. Certainly a good amount of options there. 4 other icons on the toolbar: People & Chat -the window opens again at the home page of MSN chat and communities, lots of opportunities to either join a community or chat with someone. Money: this takes you to a MSN money page that has all the latest news about share and all the news on the Dow in the US, FTSE in the UK..etc. Shopping: This again opens up the MSN window, but this really is a good way to start shopping online. It has links to major shops like Tesco, Amazon, HMV, PC World, Electronics Boutique, Carphone Warehouse and many more. Also it has a department section with links to basically anything you could need to buy. Definitely recommended this section! Music:
does what it says on the tin, basically links to the latest music news brought to you by one of the good music websites for news, Dotmusic, so getting a lot of good music news here. That is it for the top toolbar, the side toolbar isnt as interesting, but it still has some good features. The side bar will have a city on it, default is London, when you click on it, it tells you the weather for that day for that city, go to "change your city" to well change your city. It has quite a good choice of cities, infact a world map comes up when you click to change, so you can customise it to any city in the world, nice touch. There are 3 "My" items on the toolbar, My Settings, My Calendar and My Websites. My Settings: this takes you to the Member Center which has nearly everything you could want to customise or look at. Stuff from temporary internet files, account details, to stuff that was on the top toolbar is shown here, help is also available for people who are having trouble understanding MSN Explorer. My Calendar: no, it is not really just a calendar, it will certainly come in handy for when I am back at Uni and facing deadlines on work. It is like a personal organiser and there are some good things about it. It allows you to write notes to yourself, use reminders on a calendar to remember tasks to do. My websites: this is not another link to your favourite websites, it is basically something that lists MSN communities and if you are in one, what is new on it, new messages and that. To finish off there is a search the net box to I suppose search the net for any item. Between the calendar and settings there is a icon like a fast forward icon on a video recorder, click that and it allows you to minimize the side toolbar, which is a great thing, because that bar is far too big. Ok, I sold this as a browser, so how well does it browse internet pages and what capabilities can it do over IE? I sent the addres
s bar to go to the search engine Yahoo and it went to the site in about 5 seconds, pretty impressive. It shows how far the page is to loading by using an orange bar which colours over the URL in the address bar, as it gets closer to loading the page. On the toolbar with the address bar the usual is there, Back, Forward (represented by two triangle icons on the top toolbar) Go, Stop, Print, Refresh and there is a "more choices" drop down menu. This has the option to start a new window, I know there is probably a way with the F1-F12 keys on the computer to open a new window in IE, but I havent learned it yet, so I used to have to open the history, then right click on a webpage and click on "open in new window", however the option to start a new window is a good thing for me, as I usually have quite a few windows open at one time (and no, not porn!). Also on that "more choices" menu, there is the chance to e-mail a page (dont know too many that actually do that, so why an option?), a "find on page" finds words on the page, and "View privacy report", this is a list of websites that are restricted or banned, seeing as I own the computer and probably is the only person who knows how to in this house, no website will ever be restricted! I would say the internet capabilities on this are close to IE's, the only thing that is really missing is a history section, but that can be missed out I suppose. Now, obviously I have noticed quite a few bad things about MSN Explorer, not everything is perfect - right? I like the way they have done the interface, it is bright, bold and in your face, however they should have offered an option to minimize the top toolbar like they did with the side one. The toolbar at the top is far too big, and basically only annoys rather than excels. The major problem with MSN Explorer is probably what someone would call a small one, but in my opinion, it was a stupid
idea. Now obviously this is called MSN Explorer, it is called that for a reason, MSN want to make sure it is customised to most of their webpages, their MSN Messenger service, chat pages, home page..etc, well when you put on MSN Explorer it shoots straight to MSN's home page, you can take that once..maybe twice, but again and again? it does getting very annoying, and MSN never stuck an option, unlike in Internet Explorer, to change your home page. I would love to change the home page, but I cant and it goes on to MSN's home page everytime which is annoying. Anyway, in conclusion, my title is saying if IE isnt doing the job, go for MSN Explorer to be your new browser. It certainly will do the job, it is very fast at getting to web pages, it has a superb way of getting to e-mail and MSN Messenger, it looks very good and I think anyone could like it. However we do have the bad side of too much MSN advertising, the home page problems and that "too big" top toolbar. The advantages do outweigh the disadvantages though, so I would certainly recommend this browser for a download.
This has to be the most annoying browser I have ever used I first used this about 3 months ago and thought this seems good. So I used it for the first and thought that pretty good I can speak to my friends on MSN messenger and check my email without even putting a password in. It may sound handy to an extent but I really prefer using the normal Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape for some reason. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 is far superior to any other browser in my opinion that why most people use it like me right now. I think when they were designing the MSN explorer they didn’t have any idea about what people wanted. As I say it can be very handy but it far to annoying. When you open MSN explorer you get a welcome message which is bound to annoy any of us Brits. With allot other functions to it I'll give a 2 star rating, as it is still very annoying but handy for some people. many thanks > dark-knights
Now I'll start by saying that I am 100% happy with how Internet Explorer works. Well, maybe 90%, considering the annoying habit it has of crashing with the message "Illegal Operation - this window will now close" or something like that. Despite that though, I am happy with IE. Then I hear that Microsoft have brought out a new browser, with "new features" and I can't help but be a bit curious. So I decided to download it, in spite of how my brother was shouting "Don't get it it's got Trojans in!!" MSN Explorer annoyed me even before I had it. A huge amount of memory to download (for me and I assume most people on a 56k modem) and a dodgy download method, in that you don't save the file to your desktop, but just open it instead, meaning downloads cannot be resumed! I was cut off the first two times, but on the third I decided to save the file to my desktop, ignoring what the site said, and it worked perfectly. Typical. Sorry if this is drivel to you but anyone who has downloaded it will know what I mean. But when I had the browser up and running, after a lengthly and pretty much unnecessary tutorial, it left me wondering - "Ok, so what's new?" Yes it looks a little different, maybe a little brighter, but things like "Stop" and "Refresh" have been reduced in size to make way for things you will probably never even click on. Already it seems very inefficient - and basically that's all we want out of a browser - efficiency. Even more inefficient is the fact that you need a hotmail passport to even use MSN explorer. So you must be a user of MSN Messenger. Could this be a ploy to get more people to use Messenger? Maybe so. Now Microsoft claim that this is why the program is so damned efficient, it automatically signs into the browser and Messenger at the same time. Yeah... but can't you just set Messenger to automatically sign in anyw
ay? And with Internet Explorer you don't even have to sign in. So there's no point of this at all..... except to annoy you by not allowing you to use MSN Explorer without being signed into Messenger. Am I wrong in saying that sometimes people don't want to be signed into Messenger? There maybe people in real life who you wish to ignore without making it seem obvious.... and with them on your Messenger list things can be a bit tricky... So is there really any point in MSN Explorer? Besides an annoying child-like voice to greet you everytime you sign in, and a nice interface? That seems to be the only thing Microsoft thought about when designing this, making it look pretty. There are two words I seem to have mentioned quite alot looking back..... annoying and inefficient.... well that pretty much sums up MSN Explorer.
At first I thaught nothing of downloading MSN explorer, but when in school my freind was talking of it , i thaught i might just give it a try. like most other microsoft internet relaited products, you open it from its current location, and within 10-20 mins (on a 56k modem) the instalation is up n running. you enter your hotmail.com or msn.com e-mail adress, or subscribe for one if you haven't already. the installation is easy and very quick. when you run man explorer you are greeted by a bright blue screen where you select which user you want to use, and enter your password (can be saved). Then just wait a second while it loggs in. From the browser screen you can access many things! e-mail; lets you quickly acces your inbox with no password prompt (as you are already logged in). favorites; a list of your fav web sites. buddies; stay in contact with your online friends. and others which arnt so important. so give it a try, you might like it!