Internet Explorer 7: The First Year

Microsoft updated their IE blog last Friday, with a post on the one year anniversary of IE7. Most interesting to me, was this piece.

There are over 300 million users are experiencing the web with IE7. This makes IE7 the second most popular browser after IE6. IE7 is already #1 in the US and UK, and we expect IE7 to surpass IE6 worldwide shortly.

Let’s hope that comes true. If you are an IE user and haven’t upgraded to IE7 yet, here are a few reasons why you should.

  1. Improved security
  2. Fraud protection
  3. Fewer bugs

Of course if you care about web design standards, you should upgrade to IE7 for it’s improved support for CSS. The problem with this is that IE7 only fixed known bugs and added support for CSS properties that were already being used in current browsers. IE7 did nothing to advance support for CSS, and it is still behind IE6 in its user base.

What web designers want to know, Microsoft, is where is IE8 and how do you plan on using it to advance support for CSS and web standards. If you need more proof of this, just read the comments on your own blog.