If you are a regular reader of the Internet Explorer team's blog then you should know that IE7 Beta 2 Preview is now available.

I've used it for about 10 minutes now and I'm still having difficulty getting used to the changes in the user interface. They seem like rather gratuitous changes to me, the browser now seems unfamiliar although I assume that I'll eventually get used to the new look and feel.  My main interest was in checking out the RSS support in the browser and so far I've been unsatisfied by the experience. Below is a screenshot of what it looks like when subscribed to a feed. 

The general RSS reading experience is rather unsatisfactory. There are so many features I take for granted from using RSS Bandit that I find the RSS experience in IE 7 to be disappointing. No search folders, no aggregated views of items within a category, no ability to flag items, no options to email an item or post it to my favorite social bookmarking site.  I couldn't even figure out how to mark individual items as read or unread. I found it to be pretty unusable as a replacement for my current RSS reader. 

PS: For some reason since upgrading to IE 7, all the HTML mail in Outlook now hurts my eyes to look at. Does IE 7 flip on ClearType by default or something?


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Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:01:23 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Thanks for the feedback, Dare.

The feed reading experience in IE is geared towards the light-weight reading experience with a user model that is similar to webpages. Like how newsgator with outlook treats feed data like email items, IE treats a feed like a long webpage with a set of links, some links that are new, and some links that you've seen before.

Our goal is not to be the best RSS aggregator, but to provide something that feels integrated within the browser and reach the novice users. This works well for feeds where you don't need to explicity deal with each individual feed item (i.e. a news feed). The item-level management that you've described is best suited for an aggregator or a RSS-enabled mail experience. We have the RSS Platform for people to build custom RSS consumption experience within an existing app (or even an entirely new app).

For advanced users, we expect them to take advantage of the feed discovery and subscribe experience within IE, and then have their feed reading in the application of their choice. Any chance of RSS Bandit integrating with the IE7 feed list? :)

I agree that there's great value in search folders and roll-up newspaper views, but it is not in scope for this release.

Keep the feedback and ideas coming!
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:27:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
IE uses ClearType settings by default, ignoring the system wide settings; see http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=159534#159534
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:44:02 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Perhaps it's time to approach Microsoft about funding RSS Bandit and its integration into IE7. You did mention flipping RSS Bandit before. ;)
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 12:26:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
One very cool feature of the RSS support -- automatic support for categorization, word-wheeling, and simple list extensions.
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 12:43:01 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Here are my comments I sent to the IE team:

In IE 6, I could drag the address bar, buttons, etc etc all over the place, now I cant. I want to arrange things where I want them.

Also, I’d like to have at least an *option* to force a maximum of a single instance of IE no matter what. So clicking on links in email come up as a new *tab*, not a new instance. That’s one of the big benefits of tabbed browsing if you ask me, you don’t have 800 instances cluttering up your task bar.

Yall may laugh, but I think Avantbrowser does both of the above best, and their tab support is terrific. (plus you get mouse gestures, etc etc etc)
Thursday, February 2, 2006 7:45:30 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I wouldn't expect, nor want, very advanced feed reading features in the browser. Can't we just let the browser function as a browser and put specialized, non-browser-related functionality elsewhere?

I already like that IE 7 seems to default into a mode whereby it doesn't have a standard menu bar. The browser should be lean, efficient, standards compliant and high performance. Not a bloated mess of random features.
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