The browser many — if not most — Windows users love to hate might just be getting … less hate-able?
Internet Explorer for Windows 7 promises a faster and more secure browsing experience. We’ve heard that before, but this time it might be true.
The sure sign of an experienced buyer is a healthy level of skepticism for marketing spin. That’s certainly true for most long-time Windows users. When offered a major new software upgrade, we’re more likely to ask ourselves, “Do I really need that upgrade? What will it give me that I don’t already have?” Sometimes that wait-and-see approach saves us major headaches. And sometimes, when we go ahead and install the latest upgrade, we learn lessons from the headaches that ensue.
My experience with Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is a case in point.
For Windows 8.1 users, IE 11 adds in new touch enhancements and gestures, better graphics, a beautiful new Reading View mode, and the ability to take advantage of sophisticated interactive features on slick, high-octane websites.
On Windows 7 SP1 systems, IE 11 is, umm, faster?
Working through an IE 11 install failure
On my Windows 7 Netbook, I have Internet Explorer set to download updates automatically. So, not long after Version 11 became available, Microsoft installed it for me. Within days, the browser became unusable: pages wouldn’t load fully, links weren’t clickable, buttons wouldn’t respond, and so forth. After searching in vain for a quick fix (on a different computer), I gave up on IE 11 and used Firefox for my daily browsing on the Web.