The New York Times is reporting that Microsoft is about to release its latest version of Internet Explorer, some five years after releasing the last version. The articles title, ‘New Tricks of a Browser Look Familiar’, pretty much sums it up. David Pogue writes:

How this new browser measures up depends on the ruler you’re using. If you’ve never used anything but Internet Explorer, you won’t be able to wipe the grin off your face. But next to rivals like Firefox, Opera and Safari, IE 7 is a catch-up and patch-up job. Some of its “new” features have been available in rival browsers for years.

IE 7 includes tabs… RSS Feeds… shrink to print… security!
BIG FUCKING DEAL! We’ve had these features for years on other browsers and have absolutely no incentive to go back. To the 85% of users still using IE, what the fuck is wrong with you! As consumers we deserve better. What other company would be allowed to get away with treating its costumers with such contempt? Its products are inferior and there are much better alternatives available. Get into the 21st Century… you’ll enjoy the view!

The Idle Thoughts Of A DayDreamer uses and recommends Mozilla Firefox.

See the full NY Times article here.

(Update 01/05: Check out the post at Carpark about IE 7. Donnie makes some very good points… and while you’re there… check out my enlightened comments!

Also, check out another NY Times article about the complaints already rolling in about IE 7. Not bad for a product that hasn’t even been released yet. The complaint comes from Google, protectors of free speech and democracy! View the article here. You must be registered with the NY Times, which is free, to view this article!)