What's New: IE 7, Firefox 2 Released

Microsoft and Mozilla have both released major updates to their web browsers. Both Internet Explorer 7.0 and Firefox 2.0 can be downloaded from our web site.

Both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox include anti-phishing protection to help detect faked web sites, as well as improved RSS news feed support.

Internet Explorer 7 introduces tabbed browsing, a wildly popular feature found in Firefox, Netscape, Opera, and most other browsers that lets users open more than one web site and easily switch between them. Internet Explorer 7 also adds improved security checking, and introduces a more streamlined interface to reduce the amount of screen space used by toolbars.

Firefox 2.0 also includes a spell checker for use while filling out web forms, enhanced search capabilities, and more.

Our take? We've been Firefox fans for a long time. IE 7 is Microsoft's five-year odyssey to catch up to Firefox's feature list, and it does a good job. Firefox 2 does improve on the previous version as well though, so our early take is there is not yet a compelling reason to switch back to Internet Explorer 7.

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2006 05:00 pm CDT

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