IE7 Beta 1 – First Impressions

I woke this morning to find out, via Elliott, that IE7 Beta 1 had been released. So I headed off and logged into my MSDN subscription to download the beta install.

First impressions are that the new user interface is clean and with the introduction of tabs a great improvement. However it seems that they have thrown a few of the UI design rules out the window – for example normal Windows UI design has the menu bar at the top of the window – not two levels down beneath the address and tab bars.

Interestingly browsing to a new website brings up the “Microsoft Phishing Filter” which offers to check all the websites you visit to see if they are impersonating a trusted website. Also middle click to open in new tab is supported – working the same way as Firefox. :-).

Things are looking good for IE7 Beta 1 or Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0b; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)).

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  1. Ner i had it yesterday – So my first impressions were more first than yours.

    The tabs is good but the refresh button is in a stupid place when you have been using firefox and expect the button at the end of the address bar to go to whereever you have just pasted into it.
    Other than that i can’t find anywhere that upsets the phishing feature to check whether it actually works.

    Google is your friend if you don’t know the answer.
    Punctuation courtesy of Julia.

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