Why did Microsoft bother releasing IE7 at all

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Jeff D, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. Jeff D

    Jeff D Guest

    I really regret installing the IE7 upgrade. Whatever I may have gained in
    more screen surface area (the only advantage, so far as I can tell) I have
    lost in operating efficiency.

    Immediately after installing the upgrade, I had to really scrounge and
    search to figure out where my favorites were and how to make the toolbar
    containing "Favorites" and "Help" temporarily visible.

    Even posting this question was a major chore. I clicked on the "New" button
    on the newsgroup / general discussion page and tried to select "comment," but
    the drop-down menu barely exposed the top third of the word "comment." I
    ended up selecting "question" and only after 2 tries did I get a New Question
    window.

    Absolutely every time I use IE7, pop-up ad windows that I have not blocked
    on certain favorite sites remain open -- they didn't use to -- when I close
    IE7, and EVERY TIME, without exception, the pop-up ad windows don't close and
    I am prompted to send an error report to Microsoft. Ridiculous.

    Opening other pages via what I would call "live links" proceeds usually more
    slowly or not at all.

    I wish I had known more about IE7 before I reflexively agreed to download
    this "update." An "upgrade" it manifestly is not.

    I am not a stupid person. I am a 52-year-old practicing attorney. I have
    been using computers and Microsoft software for almost 20 years and Internet
    Explorer for about 10 years. I may not know the official lingo but I know a
    cumbersome, poorly designed and kludgy piece of mass-market software when I
    see it.
     
    Jeff D, Dec 24, 2006
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    Doug Guest

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    Yes, it is problematic...just uninstall the bitch. It will roll
    back to IE6 after uninstall.

    Doug W.
     
    Doug, Dec 24, 2006
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    Poprivet Guest

    To uninstall IE7, just use Add/Remove; that will make it revert back to IE6
    if you had it. A couple other things "inline":

    It's a revised interface, you're right. Many people object to the "not
    exactly the same as ... ". MS has to share a lot of the blame for this
    because they rolled it out as a critical update when in reality it is a
    veiled attempt to show users what Vista is like. They've done so with every
    release.

    Basically, unless one knows of some valid reason to upgrade, it's not a good
    idea anyway. There will always be gui changes with a big upgrade.
    That tells me that you didn't bother to read anything about it beforehand or
    to find out what changes/improvements/fixes might be in it and whether they
    meant anything to you. Depend on facts, not on marketing hype and things
    will go better.
    Why are you using IE to get to newsgroups? That's a slow, inefficient,
    problem packed method of accessing any newsgroup. e g via a web interface.
    These newsgroups are easily set up in OE and then you get a direct access to
    the groups, quickly, efficiently and accurately.
    Try to learn how to use newsgroups with Outlook Express. You'll find it
    a much better way, regardless of the browser you use.
    You didn't get something to come over, or you haven't run an add-on that you
    had in IE6. You'd need to put that same add-on into IE.
    Being prompted to send errors to MS is a function of Windows, not the
    browser. There is a way to turn that off if you don't want to use it.
    I've no idea what "you" would call live links; doesn't compute.
    That was my original point; you didn't bother to use the many and varied
    easily found methods, including in the download windows, to learn anything
    about what you were about to do. You shouldn't ignore such things.

    However, an "upgrade" it manifestly IS. I really like it with a couple of
    exceptions but then those are my opinions and irrelevant, and only a minor
    annoyance to me. As with anything else, if I chose to install something and
    it turns out I don't like it, I simply uninstall it. It's easy, efficient
    and doesn't waste time belly-achine about your opinions of what is right and
    what isn't.
    I'm quite happy and pleased about several of the improvements they made.
    I don't see anything yet to make me want to go to Vista, but I will keep IE7
    because of the added power and provisions it includes.
    You may not be stupid, and you don't sound stupid either, but I'm guessing
    that since you're a lawyer you're going to understand when I say that what
    you ARE is ignorant of several of the MS workings. If that upsets you, then
    you are not a lawyer.
    There's nothing inherently wrong with that; it simply makes you a user as
    opposed to an experienced manager who has taken the time to understand a few
    things about the os and apps being used. However, using that status as a
    validation of your own comments is a little, well, suspect.

    Pop`
     
    Poprivet, Dec 24, 2006
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    Don Varnau Guest

    Don Varnau, Dec 25, 2006
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    opester Guest

    I totally agree-I saw no advantage whatsoever to IE7 and uninstalled it and
    It returned to IE6 with no further problems.
     
    opester, Dec 25, 2006
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    PA Bear Guest

    PA Bear, Dec 25, 2006
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    Dave Powlin Guest

    Try Firefox 2.0 or Opera. Neither will intrude on anythng. If you compare
    them to IE, I doubt you'll ever go back.

    Good luck.
     
    Dave Powlin, Dec 26, 2006
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    Gary Guest

    I've upgraded to IE7 on a couple of computers that I use and I still use IE6
    on others. It did take me a little while to get used to the new look of IE7
    but that's the same with any new software. Other than that I haven't found
    and big advantages or disadvantages with IE7 vs. IE6. I've used both
    Firefox and Opera in the past and went back to IE. I'm not a big fan of
    Microsoft but most of their products work okay.

    BTW, am I the only person who sees no advantage to "tabbed browsing"? Maybe
    I just don't understand it but it doesn't do anything for me!
     
    Gary, Dec 26, 2006
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    Jeff User Guest

    Why on earth would you want to open 10 separate windows when viewing
    many different things instead of just one window with 10 tabs.

    Probably my most used use of tabs is when doing a search. I dont want
    to have to click a serach result link, see that it isnt what I want
    and then click the back button and wait for the results again. Just
    open 5 or 6 results in new tabs and then start looking.
    Didnt find what you want? close them, the search results are still
    there, keep trying.

    Cheers
     
    Jeff User, Dec 28, 2006
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    Jeff User Guest

    Well, I was lucky enough to have it pre-installed on a new Toshiba.
    Now how do I get rid of that?

    jeff
     
    Jeff User, Dec 28, 2006
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