Some quick thoughts on Firefox 2 and IE 7…
Firefox 2 doesn’t seem like it should be a whole new version. It seems about the same as 1.5, which seemed about the same as 1.0. But overall I still love the software, and the add-ons/extensions are great. I use this for 99% of my browsing.
Installation was a snap. The download was about 5 MB and took about 2 minutes to install. No reboots were required and so I was up and running quickly.
IE 7 is a much bigger update and it is beautiful. I think the integration with feeds is fantastic, and it definitely has the look and feel of Firefox (or other tabbed browsers). I actually think the way it handles feeds is better than Firefox/Sage in that if a feed has an “attachment” or link to a file to download, IE 7 shows you the link but Firefox/Sage doesn’t.
Installation was not nearly as easy as Firefox. The download was about 18 MB and took about 15 minutes to install. I needed 2 different reboots until I was able to use the software. I did have a beta version of IE 7 installed, so if you installing IE for the first time it may be quicker.
What are your first impressions?