Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP & Opera 9 Now Available

9:12 pm Programming, Tech, Web

Firefox, Internet Explorer, OperaAlthough I primarily use and recommend Mozilla Firefox due to its wonderful extension support, I thought I would take a moment to discuss other browsers.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Team has officially released Internet Explorer Beta 3 for Windows XP.
If you refuse to use any browser other than IE, or if you absolutely need IE specific technologies such as ActiveX, I highly recommend giving IE7 Beta 3 a try. Security has been greatly improved, and the interface is growing on me, although slowly. The tab support works well, and the browser seems quite speedy and responsive.

In other news Opera has released Version 9 of their web browser. I must say, I am really impressed with the newest version of Opera. Although it lacks the vast extension support of Firefox, the browser it self is very, very, good. It is speedy, lightweight, and stable. Version 9 sports an impressive list of features including support for the holy grail of CSS compliance: Acid2.

Although I will likely stick with Firefox on the desktop because of its extension and plug-in support, I think Opera is an excellent browser for alternative platforms. Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are available for mobile phones and PDAs. If you are still using Pocket Internet Explorer, give Opera a try. Also, Opera and Nintendo have announced that the Nintendo DS and the next-generation Nintendo Wii Console will use the Opera Web browser. I think this is an excellent move for both companies. Nintendo will get a very functional, light weight browser. Opera will gain a large chunk of market share. This is a win-win for not only the companies, but standards compliance and webpage compatibility.

Of course, I suggest all web developers have Opera, Internet Explorer 6 and 7, and Firefox installed for testing purposes.

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