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Jay Dreyer :: Internet Explorer 7 available for Beta Testing...

Internet Explorer 7 available for Beta Testing...

Internet Explorer 7

Just found out that Microsoft has released a beta 2 preview of Internet Explorer 7. Perusing the feature table, it looks like it will have pretty much what you’d expect: tabbed browsing, increased security (ActiveX off by default), RSS feeds, CSS improvements…sounds like everything I get with Firefox.

I probably won’t download and install this at this point. But, I will consider it when they release the final version. A few months ago I could not have cared less if Microsoft updated IE. Now, I’m slightly intrigued. Why? Well, Firefox, at least the 1.5 version I’m currently using, is turning out to be a massive CPU and memory hog. Googling the issue, I’ve found many others with the same problem but I have not found a solution. Just to give an example, sometimes my computer will slow to a crawl. I’ll check the Task Manager and see Firefox pegging the CPU at 99% and taking up 250 MB of memory. What’s up with that???

InformationWeek has an article about Firefox 1.5 issues where roughly 450 people contributed info about their problems. Interesting stuff. There is also a Firefox 1.5 support forum topic that is collecting information and offers some suggestions on how to possibly correct the problem. It didn’t work for me, but maybe it will for you. Finally, it sounds like Firefox will release the upgrade that addresses the memory issue soon.
Update: I just received the update on 2/2/06. We’ll see if that helps…

Getting back to the main point of this rambling post…if you try out the IE7 beta, let us (all 6 readers) know!


| posted 01/31/2006 05:08 PM

Permanent link to this comment  Burke  on  02/01/2006 04:44 PM  said: 

I was listening to the CNET Buzz out Loud podcast last night and they were talking about IE7 and had a few comments about it. First they said that there are tabs but you can’t move them around. It has support for RSS feeds – but they are kind of a pain to use. The main changes they were talking about is security. One example was that if you went to a phishing website it would turn your entire toolbar red to warn you.

On a positive note it has an expose feature that shows all of the tabs you have open in one window. You can also do this in Firefox with the Viamatic foXpose extension. I just added it and the feature is pretty cool. I’m pretty sure I have seen this done before on a Mac but don’t remember if is was for the browser or just the desktop windows.

The people on the show had not used IE7 enough to comment on the memory usage but they all agreed that Firefox is a memory HOG!