Users of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) turned a blog post by a Microsoft Corp. program manager into a complaint free-for-all that took the company to task for not following through on browser upgrade promises and alienating Web developers. In the posting to the IE team’s blog, Tony Chor, a group program manager, used the passing of IE7’s first year to tick off several milestones for the browser, including a claim that its user base recently reached 300 million. “This makes IE7 the second most popular browser after IE6,” Chor said in the post. “IE 7 is already #1 in the U.S. and U.K., and we expect IE7 to surpass IE6 worldwide shortly.”
Chor also said that IE7’s integrated anti-phishing filter stops an estimated 900,000 phish attempts each week, and that the support call volume for Microsoft’s browser line is down 20% from a year ago. “This is typically a sign that the product is more stable and has fewer issues than the previous release,” Chor said.
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