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"A long overdue upgrade"
IE has finally added a lot of the features with have come to love from other browsers. Tabbed browsing, anti-phishing, better security, and a nice integrated RSS reader. I've been dabbling with IE 7 since beta 2 and it's been very stable and caused no problems for me elsewhere on Windows XP. For the last 2 years, I've been a loyal Firefox user, but I find myself enjoying IE 7 for the RSS stuff, and I think it's almost as good as Firefox. If you just want a good browser and don't ever plan to customize anything (themes/skins or extensions), IE 7 is a good choice. By the way, I haven't experienced any of the problems others have reported with Gmail or Yahoo mail. They both work great for me (Gmail I rely on 100%).
The interface does seem somewhat haphazard compared to other browsers, and it doesn't have cool features like extensions or skins. This means we have to rely on Microsoft's poor selection of add-ons, many of which are not free and certainly are not nearly as slick or flexible as what's available for Firefox.
While I think IE 7 is a good upgrade with many excellent features, there's nothing new that hasn't been available for quite some time in other browsers. Microsoft has just made IE respectable again - but not a standout. In the end, IE takes a strong second place to Firefox in this round - in my opinion...