There will be a raucous cries of laughter from Firefox and Opera users at this news but nevertheless Microsoft has bitten the bullet and admitted it will make Internet Explorer 7 a high priority automated download.
The announcement may come around three years too late yet it should come as a wake up call to roughly 83.5 per cent of the market that their primary surf tool is critically unstable (not to mention pants…).
Much like any High Priority update on the Windows platform, users will still have the option to delay or even reject the installation completely but if you do run IE6 chances are you’re not technologically informed enough about how to do that anyway. Once you do realise your error however you’ll be glad to know it can be manually uninstalled using the ‘Add/Remove Programs’ application (that’s in the Control Panel, dears).
A few common courtesies will be included in the long overdue generation such as importing favourites and preserving a user’s home page, toolbars and search settings but the competition has been doing this for years (and directly from IE6!). Two years after the ship sailed Microsoft diehards will also be able to join 2004 and enjoy tabbed browsing, RSS feeds and a customisable search engine.
Beta versions of IE7 have been around for some time now and, if the perverse desire takes you, you’ll be able to hop over here and try it out for yourself. For what it’s worth I can save you the 12.5MB download time and tell you it’s still complete rubbish, but if you’re reading this in IE6 it’s clear you don’t listen to me anyway…
Internet Explorer 7 (Don’t Go Here)