If you are running Windows, and are connected to the Internet, chances are you have started receiving messages from your Windows system telling you that IE7 – Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 – is ready for you to download and install, to upgrade whatever version of IE you are currently using.
So, should you download and install IE7?
Well, the first thing that you need to know is that they will check to see that you qualify under the Windows Genuine Advantage program.
The second thing you need to know is that IE7 has some pretty spiffy new features, such as its much touted tabbed and tiled browsing.
However, there have already been many people who have regretted installing IE7 (although many have not).
Many people are reporting, for example, a “fatal exception” error after installing IE7. Some are getting the fatal exception error which reads as “Fatal Exception Error: X is Terminating”, where X = some previously installed program with which IE7 doesn’t play nicely. Other errors involve the failure of graphics programs and messaging programs which use browser integration.
Folks are also complaining about it breaking other programs they are running (again, ones which integrate with the browser, primarily), and causing sites to low or process more slowly.
Obviously, this is a “your milage may vary” thing, but forewarned is forearmed.
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