I finally got around to downloading and installing the beta test version of Internet Explorer 7.0 at the weekend and, despite it being a Microsoft application, I have to admit I'm impressed.
Aside from the fact that IE 6.x and IE 7.0 don't like co-existing in the same Windows environment, the new browser looks a lot like Mozilla Firefox, on account of its tabbed browsing option.
On the security front, it looks at though Microsoft has souped up its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) code, as SSL-enabled sites appear to load as quickly as non-SSL sites.
Previously, as Internet Explorer users will confirm, SSL sites `hung' for a few tenths of a seconds whilst the browser worked out what to do with the incoming code.
There are a number of other features, including the ability to block unwanted Web sites and it looks like the RSS facility is more closely coded with the browser program.
It is a breakthrough? No. Is it as revolutionary as Microsoft promised when it announced IE 7.x last year? No. Is it worth upgrading? Yes, but only if you're happy with beta test editions...