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October 18, 2006

Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer 7 has been released. A few years ago this might have been big news, but I look at the announcement with nothing more than a big “Meh.” I mean, especially when Firefox 2.0 is getting so close to release I have no more interest in a new version of IE than I do in a new version of Opera. Or Safari.

The developer inside me says that I should install it just so I can look at my sites and make sure nothing is broken. But the new engine in IE is supposed to me much closer to Firefox’ than the IE6 engine, so I can’t imagine it would render my sites worse. And already I never test my sites in IE6. Why would I start checking them in IE7?

The IT professional inside me says I need to learn how to use it so I can answer questions when my co-workers notice they’ve been upgraded. But I’m not particularly looking forward to it.

Of course, I may not have a choice in upgrading. IE7 is scheduled to be pushed out to everyone as a Critical Update, which means it will be downloaded and possibly installed as part of the Automatic Updates. You can block it from being installed, but that takes a special download. And I don’t have a problem with that, as long as it doesn’t affect the rest of the system.

So, surprisingly, even though I’ve called for Microsoft to update IE many times in the past, now that it’s here it’s too late. This release gets a big “so what?” from me, and that’s my official review.

Update: It’s funny that if you go to you see nothing but an oversized Firefox logo.