I’ve been using Internet Explorer 7 in the latest Vista beta for the last several weeks, and here’s a shocker: It may be better then Firefox.
I’m a big Firefox fan, and so I came to IE 7 with a chip on my shoulder. “Tabbed browsing,” I thought, “big deal. It’s just a johnny come lately.”
In fact, though, it does a lot of things right. For example, you can view thumbnails of all your tabs with a single click, and then switch among them. You can see them list style, instead, then switch among them.
It also includes a good anti-phishing filter, and a built-in RSS reader that has some nice features, although it could also use a bit of help.
Firefox, though, has extensions, and this is one area where it’s far superior to IE 7. But the latest version of Firefox is somewhat flaky, with many people experiencing crashes and other problems.
Unless Firefox fixes those problems, and adds some new features to its 2.0 release, it could find itself falling further behind IE 7, because the Vista version of IE is a very nice piece of work.
What do you think about the IE 7/Firefox ongoing browser wars?