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IE7 Vs. Everyone Else

Are you an Internet Explorer traditionalist? An old-time Opera booster? A fervent Firefox enthusiast? Or an advocate of possible Next-Big-Thing Maxthon?

Now that Microsoft has come out with the public preview of its upcoming Internet Explorer 7 for XP, it is time to explore exactly why IE is still top dog, whether it deserves to bear that title, and which browsers may be closing in on its tail.

Getting Passionate About Browsers
Challenging IE is not an easy task — when a browser ships along with your operating system, and is the default for which most site owners design their pages, it's hard to challenge its primacy. And Microsoft knew this — for a long time, IE seemed to be resting on its laurels, ignoring such popular features as RSS readers and tabbed browsing.


IE7 Vs. Everyone Else


•  Introduction

•  IE7 Beta 2 Preview For XP

•  Firefox 1.5

•  Opera 8.5

•  Maxthon 1.5

•  Visual Tour

•  See For Yourself: Browser Comparo

•  Vote: Are You Going To Switch?

However, in the browser race, if you stall, you fall, and some IE users were lured away by competitors' features. While Firefox still has nowhere near IE's numbers, and may have even stalled a bit recently, Mozilla's browser has made headlines by attracting a growing and incredibly loyal user base.

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