In InformationWeek, Barbara Krasnoff and Scot Finnie kick the tires of IE7 in the October CTP version of Vista. It’s tabs, “Favorites Center,” anti-phishing filter, and more. One thing that doesn’t seem too well thought out is:
Microsoft’s insistence on doing away with the main menus (File, Edit, View, etc.) by default in all Windows Vista Explorer windows, including Internet Explorer, is a usability no-no. Why would you take something millions of people already know how to use and hide it? The setting that turns this back on is also not immediately discoverable in either Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer. Microsoft, please think twice about this one. No user-experience philosophy du jour should put millions of people at disadvantage in an attempt to prove a point or teach us a “better” way to do things.
IE 7 is clearly unfinished in the toolbar area, so it’s possible that what’s wrong will be fixed when Vista ships. We’ll hold off further discussion of the toolbars for now. They appear to be a work in progress, but we’re not sure the direction is the right one. The IE toolbar of the IE 4 through IE 6 era has been one of the best things about the program.
It’s also not clear that the Favorites Center is any real improvement as far as manageability goes, but it is nice that it doesn’t have to take up valuable screen real estate.