With the exception of tabs, most of the User Interface changes of version 7 are less usable than previous version and add confusion. E.g. Having one 1 history drop down and making the user think about whether an item is forward or backward. Putting the Home button in an unexpected place (right hand side of tab area) where it eats up much needed tab space. The stop button also in an unexpected and hard to reach place - not near the fwd/back navigation buttons. WWW3 and CSS2 standard compliance better but still needs improvement.
As an example, having "search in page" in a dialog box and no one-handed shortcut for repeated search is a glaring oversight, this behavior is copied straight from IE6 - this should be integrated like in firefox (e.g. slash, F3). A lot of commercial MS Products such as Office, Development Studio etc. have already implemented much friendlier search features, so it is not a question of reinventing the wheel but simply technology transfer into the browser market. I don't believe this feature was not added because it would be harder for a previous IE6 user to understand, but because Microsoft still doesn't seem to take the browser market seriously.
Good features added are:
Built in customizable Search Engine Bar (copied from Opera / Mozilla)
Better security (some phishing and popup filters; copied from firefox)
Tabs (at long last copied from all other browsers opera, mozilla etc).
It does not look like Microsoft put a lot of money or research in the development of this version, or adding new usability features, but sadly people who are locked in the MS world and haven't seriously compared other browsers probably think its great.
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