Internet Explorer 7 7

Explore the Internet with this Microsoft browser

  • Category:

    Web browsers

  • Version:

    7

  • Works under:

    Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    6.8 (673)
Internet Explorer 7 7
Internet Explorer 7 2014

Internet Explorer 7 is a newer version of the popular web browser from Microsoft that lets you surf the web, check your email and even watch videos. Microsoft added new features to this browser to make it more competitive with other options like Firefox.

This version of IE comes with some of the classic features that you might expect like an address bar with a search bar located to the right. Clicking on the arrow at the end of the address bar brings up a drop down menu that shows the sites you visit most often. You can also enter a letter in the address bar to see all sites relating to that letter that you visited in the past. Microsoft uses MSN Search as the default in the search bar. Clicking the button beside this bar brings up a menu of other search engines you can use, including Google and AOL Search.

IE 7 is the first version of Internet Explorer to come with tabbed viewing. Instead of opening multiple windows to view several sites at once, you can now open new tabs. Switching between tabs is as easy as clicking on the one you want to view. The program has a tendency to slow down a little when you have multiple tabs open though. It can create a lag time or make the videos that you want to watch buffer when loading.

Built-in security includes an anti-phishing feature that checks the security of the site before you visit it. When doing a search, this feature will show you which sites are potentially dangerous and which sites you should avoid. If you manually enter the address of a site, the feature will bring up an alert that tells you it will block the site because it detected the presence of phishing software. Some users will find that IE 7 doesn't have as many security features as they want though, and some may not like that it lacks some of the customizing features found on other browsers.

Microsoft also gives you some convenient buttons that correspond with different features right at the top of the screen. One of those is a favorites button that keeps track of all your favorite websites, but you can use another button to view your bookmarks. It also comes with buttons for viewing all the feeds that you follow and for checking out your history. If you want a browser that doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles, Internet Explorer 7 might be your top choice.

Pros:

  • Easier to use than previous editions
  • Comes with some features for customizing your experience
  • Has a menu to help you keep track of bookmarks and your favorites
  • Lets you keep multiple tabs open without slowing down your internet speeds
  • Includes some safety features

Cons:

  • Filters do not work as well as hoped
  • Does not compare to the newer versions of IE
  • Some pages can lag and take awhile to open

Internet Explorer is a robust upgrade to Microsoft's popular Internet Explorer 6 web browser. Microsoft introduces several innovative features to make the browser more secure and fun to use. Web developers get a performance boost as well.

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7 in 2006, and it was their first browser optimized to work with Windows XP. Awareness of possible internet security issues was growing at the time, and Microsoft stepped up to the plate.

Microsoft Shows Users Some Love

IE 7 sports a new RSS reader, an automatic search box, a phishing filter to protect users against scams, and better control over ActiveX web components. The browser also benefits from new search providers, in addition to the traditional MSN search. Users can also ensure that add-ins are safe based on the contents of the gold information bar at the top of the screen. Internet Explorer 7 also includes tabbed browsing, a feature often requested by users. Finally, users can delete their browsing history with one step, as opposed to the multi-step process required by IE 6.

Developers Get Some Goodies, Too.

Internet Explorer 7 took some steps to further implement HTML 4.1, but it is not fully standards compliant. IE 7 is able to handle nested items properly, supports the "abbr" tag, and supports the alpha channel for transparency in PNG image files. IE 7 also provides better support for zip and deflate compression methods to reduce data transfer size with web servers. Finally, Internet Explorer 7 offers increased support for CSS 2, including child properties.

The Dark Side

With these new features, Internet Explorer might initially seem the browser of choice. That might have been a valid conclusion in 2006 and 2007. Today,however, there are several reasons to choose another browser.

First, Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer. That means any security holes found in the browser will not be patched. Secondly, Internet Explorer 7 was written in a time of less sophisticated hackers and security breaches. Its weaknesses are known to today's hacking community, and hackers will use any flaw to their advantage.

Finally, Internet Explorer 7 doesn't have full support for HTML 4.1 or HTML 5. It doesn't know how to handle many of the new HTML tags, making some sites look and behave poorly.

Easy Solutions

Internet Explorer was a great browser in its day, but its time has passed. So what can a savvy internet user do at this point?

If the computer is running Windows XP, try upgrading to Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox. If the computer is running Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, try upgrading to Internet Explorer 11. Firefox and Google Chrome would work as well.

Pros

  • -Tabbed browsing
  • -Phishing filter
  • -Easy browser history deletion
  • -Nice RSS reader

Cons

  • -No longer supported by Microsoft
  • -Weak security protection by today's standards
  • -Poor implementation of current HTML and CSS standards

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