[LINK] Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 on Day Zero: Better Than
foconnor at ozemail.com.au
Thu Oct 19 16:16:58 EST 2006
At 3:28 PM +1000 on 19/10/06 you wrote:
>On 10/19/06, Deus Ex Machina <vicc at cia.com.au> wrote:
>>Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 on Day Zero: Better Than Firefox?
>IE6 SP1 download: about 75MB.
>Firefox 126.96.36.199: about 4.9MB
>Firefox 2.0 RC3: about 5.4MB
>Anyone have the download size for IE7?
Yeah ... it was about 15 Mb from memory.
>Functionally, Firefox compares very favourably. Why is download size
>no longer compared in reviews?
From my quick look at it ... IE now does text rendering (which makes
the pages look so much nicer - almost the quality of the Mac rendered
text), it has a whole new GUI (which was a bit confusing to me ...
given the generic icons and the like, as well as the menu-bar
separation between IE and your elected search engine), it may be just
me but the tabs implementation sucks ... I much prefer the Mozilla
verticalised approach, and it seems to take up quite a few CPU cycles
to do what it does.
I'm guessing that it uses a lot of common IE6 libraries ... which may
explain the relatively small size of the download.
Performance wise, it seems slower than IE6, it has locked up on me a
couple of times (immediately after I changed settings and default
specs), and the RSS implementation seems to work fine. Whilst the
design/architecture is more modular than earlier versions of IE, it
is in no ways as extensible or manipulable as Firefox, or any of the
>Is bloat no longer a factor?
>I have seen security patches for IE6 that were bigger than the
>download size for Firefox.
>Do people not care anymore?
I don't care about size all that much anymore ... other than that a
large size could indicate some inefficient design and coding, and may
result in increased complexity and prospective points of failure. I
mean 100 megabytes takes bugger all time to download on a broadband
connection, and you barely notice the 15 Mb of IE7.
Just my 2 cents worth ...
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