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Topic # 6547 2-Feb-2006 23:47
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I have been using firefox in its various forms since Aug '04 and have been singing its praises ever since, i loved its speed, security and customisability(is that a word??) however i just downloaded IE7b2 and must say i am STUNNED at its newfound speed and friendliness. After using it for the last 15mins i am compelled to congrats and well done to MS. I never thought i would love IE but this is brilliant. And now i can use all the features of Geekzone without having to forceload it in an IE tab inside FF. The new UI takes a bit of getting used to, but great after getting used to it. Juge improvement over beta1.

IE has one-upped mozilla with its tabs, its quicktabs preview feature is very very handy. I could go on all night but i do think Firefox just got its arse handed to it on a plate. That is something i would never have thought possible going by past IE performance.

Well done Bill&Co you got it sorted this time. Just try not to stuff up by final release time

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Reply # 27731 2-Feb-2006 23:52
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Wow that is a serious endorsement. I too run Firefox and have never been a fan of IE. Based on your appraisal I will give it a go.

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Reply # 27734 3-Feb-2006 00:01
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Jama: Wow that is a serious endorsement. I too run Firefox and have never been a fan of IE. Based on your appraisal I will give it a go.

I was also a little surprised by my endorsement, but meant every word. IE7 may not be for everybody. You may find u need to tinker with the layout a little. I added the Menu bar back in and put my fav links in the links bar beside it. But i got it sorted to perfection.

Post your comments on it here. Would love to know if others feel the same way i do.


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  Reply # 27735 3-Feb-2006 00:01
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I agree with brad 100% - its great.
Inactive tabs look ugly... but thats my biggest complaint...

The complete rearrange of toolbar buttons will take some getting used to - they have shuffled and moved them and split them up...

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Reply # 27741 3-Feb-2006 04:51
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I think I will still stick to Firefox. I just love the functionality and the restrictions I can put on websites (ie Flashblock, Adblock, Block Javascript annoyances (and leave the 'ok' ones intact).... my only let down with firefox is that while Firefox works fine on Windows and Linux - it runs like a dog on Mac OS (I always have Opera or Safari but its basically speed/memory usage vs features).

By 'geekzone' features I assume you are referring to the toolbar when composing a post - never used that... never will probably as I know HTML well enough to live without it. Apart from that all the things seem to work for me.

Ran it on my girlfriends laptop and it ran ok. Nothing very 'special' for me. Will put it through more pain and suffering the day after tomorrow.

BTW the 'Quick tabs preview' is accessible in Firefox as an extension.

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Reply # 27742 3-Feb-2006 06:50
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I have to agree with bard05 I have been a big firefox fan until last night (I even have the firefox tee-shirt) and using IE7 Beta2 for about 2 hours last night and its awesome.

Big thumbs up for MS and IE7 team

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Reply # 27743 3-Feb-2006 08:02
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I've been using Internet Explorer with Maxthon for multi-tabbed browsing - even met the developer during the CES 2006 and talked about their product.

But Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview (this is not Beta 2 yet!) is a robust experience. I like it - and I've never been a fan of other browsers - although for a few years I've used Netscape Navigator simply because other browsers didn't exist or worked well under Windows 9x.

I have IE7B2P installed in my tablet PC and desktop, and I like it. The tabbed browsing works well, the visual is clean, and it's one less of another program needed on the machine.

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  Reply # 27794 3-Feb-2006 15:24
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I have been using IE7B2 & so far find it very good. I will continue to use it over a few days & may well go back to IE instead of Firefox, if all goes well.

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  Reply # 27801 3-Feb-2006 17:15

i just installed it,
its alright, quick tabs is good but i have a plug in in ff that previews with a rollover of the mouse, I am used to my keyboard shortcuts but will give it a shot. all i need now is ad block and autocopy

it needs to offer opening a folder of bookmarks in tabs
so far alot of the menus seem very mouse reliant
got my google bar i wanted and ditched msn search
i like multiple homepages but firefox does that, selecting a drive like c: opens me an explorer window which i am ho hum on

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Reply # 27880 5-Feb-2006 23:36
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It's OK I guess. It's almost like every other browser now. One thing no one has noted is the font. Guess I'm a programmer and notice the mundane. I wonder who's been coding CSS into separate files or hard coding it for MSIE. Surprise! Although CSS 1.3 (STILL!) it not as cool as Firefox CSS 1.6, at least the MSIE padding, margin thing has just embraced the standard.
I wonder how many people wish they'd used

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