Microsoft has released its first update to Internet Explorer in five years. Internet Explorer 7 features a new look and feel that includes a less cluttered screen and tabbed browsing. Printing and RSS capabilities have been enhanced and you can choose your favorite search engine as a default. Security enhancements include a phishing filter which will send a web URL to Microsoft for analysis.
First impressions? For the most part, a browser is a browser. IE is now a little bit more like Firefox. I like tabbed browsing but it takes a little time to get used to. I am constantly clicking in my quick start bar to open another instance of IE. I will get used to it soon, I hope. My Google, Time Matters and Snag-It toolbars transferred from IE6, which was a plus.
Download IE7 from Microsoft’s website or, if you have automatic security updates turned on in XP, wait for the automatic update in a few weeks.