I like Internet Explorer. Call me uncool, behind the times, a docile cyborg succumbing to Microsoft’s bid for world domination, but Firefox has never caught on with me. I have decent security software, so I don’t have to worry about that. Earlier versions of Firefox crashed my previous computer most effectively. Even the current (soon to be obsolete) version is a hassle. It seems that for every page that isn’t just plain HTML I have to download some doodad to make it work. Sometimes it doesn’t even tell me I need to download something and I’m left wondering why the page isn’t loading. The real deal-breaker, though, is that until recently there was no Google toolbar for Firefox. This is a problem because I love the Google toolbar more than life itself.
My affair with IE reached a whole new level this week. IE7 is out, and it kicks ass! Sure, they stole an idea or two from Firefox. Whatever. They can settle it between themselves. Among my favourite new features is the customizable search box. I have added options to search by ISBN at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Abebooks, Bookfinder, and Powell’s (plus a few other handy searches). I’m still having heart palpitations over that. I’m also enjoying other little toys, like page zoom, tabs, feed reading, and IM integration. It also installed itself in record time and kept my Google toolbar intact, along with my various right-click functions. No extra doodads to download, just install and go. Being uncool works for me.
UPDATE: Here’s a comparison chart of the features of the new browser editions. I forgot to mention that when you shut down IE7 it can remember the pages you’ve got open and reload them next time you start IE. Very handy for when you’re involved in something complicated and have to break for silly little things like food and sleep.