IE6 - bummer deal!

Carlo Medina

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I just upgraded to IE6 (no major problems so far, seems to be a little faster on my Athlon 850 WinME machine). But here's a major bummer.
It looks the same as IE 5.5.
I was under the impression that it would have a new look (ala Netscape 6.1 / Mozilla 0.9.2), but it turns out that is only with the new Windows XP OS. Apparently the IE6 for that will have the new look (and theme) while installing IE6 for ME/2000 and earlier looks exactly the same as before.
I haven't fully explored the new IE6 functions, but the basic day-to-day stuff seems mostly unchanged, with perhaps a marginal gain in image displaying (on a cable modem so it's pretty snappy anyway).
 

Kimmo Jaskari

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Well, if you really want to change the look of your desktop and programs, just go get Object Desktop, from http://www.objectdesktop.com )
I'm using it and it's a lot of fun to make your Windows look the way you want them to. Requires a beefy computer to work really well though, otherwise you will notice a slowdown.
They do have a trial of Windowblinds though, so just download and try it.
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/Kimmo
 

NickSo

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Hmm, i just installed it into my dad's notebook, and it does look the same... not that im complaining or anything...
Also, my friend says that the icon for it is different, but mine is still the same blue IE logo.. whuts up?
It does seem faster
 

Chris

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Icons are different if you are in high color. (16bit or better) it does fix a few issues I had dealt with; is a touch faster; it does change all the icons in the "favorites" and it keeps the screwed up way that organizing favorites was changed in 5.5 (where you can't just browse the damn folder and drag things around on your own)
It's a decent "fix" of an upgrade, but no big deal.
 

Glenn Overholt

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I put it in too. The icon is just lighter on my 32 bit system, but I have been getting several errors, and they are minor. Usually pop-ups come up saying that an illegal operation has occured, but this happens after I close a program down. Waiting for a fix!
Glenn
 

Nick

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It seems to run faster on mine. Page load much faster including outlook express. Everything looks the same except the outlook icon. that's the only thing I noticed so far. I like it. I like it better than Netscape 6. I used to be a big Netscape fan. Now they're going down hill. I don't even use it anymore.
 

Rob Gillespie

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Tried it a couple of evenings ago. Sat there for half an hour trying to figure out if the performance had improved at all and concluded that it didn't in any meaningful way (on my system). So, I'm back onto 5.01 SP2, though I tend to use Opera more nowadays.
 

NickSo

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Weird, my Icon for IE is always different, sometimes i see the baby-blue new version, sometimes i see the normal Computer-Blue icon...
Ive had no crashes since i got IE6, but i dont remember it crashing with 5.5 either...
I use opera on my computer anyways, i just installed IE6 on my dad's notebook..
 

Mark Vadnais

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I'm with you on Opera, Rob.
I've got IE5.5 at work and at home, but when I'm home I'm almost always on Opera. It's lighter, faster, and (I think) lets the user control more of what's going on when on the web.
I was thinking of grabbing IE6 this weekend, but passed. Maybe when I get my cable modem I'll think about it. (Opera is less than 10mb to download.)
And no, I'm not an employee... heh..
 

Dominik Droscher

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Opera is also my primary browser at the moment. I use IE only for testing purposes or for reading help files. Sometimes I use Mozilla for sites with huge amounts of text like Slashdot e.g. (Mozilla's rendering-engine is unbeatable).
What I miss in Opera is a Cookie manager like Mozilla offers: a listing of every single cookie which you can also delete seperatley. When I have Cookie problems with Opera (happens not very often) I have to delete all cookies.
But apart from that and some minor issues (CSS, Javascript, text highlighting, small table rendering problems) Opera is a great browser.
BTW if you don't need Java, Opera is just a 2 MB download.

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Carlo Medina

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For the record: I am also a multi-browser user. Currently I have Opera 5.12, Mozilla 0.9.3, Netscape 6.1 (just to see how it compares to Mozilla) and IE6.
My main reason for starting this thread was to sort of warn people that IE6 does NOT come with any graphic overhaul like you may have seen in some of MS's snapshots. Those are only available if you're using Windows XP.
I was sort of hoping that a new-look IE6 would ease me into getting XP on my system (graphically speaking).
Oh well...
 

Rob Gillespie

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The one thing I would like Opera to do is to integrate with IE's Favorites more effectively. I run a 98/2000 dual boot and often surf in 98 when I'm dialled into work (out of hours support; the software I use to dial in only works in 98). So because of that I have the registry set so that 98 and 2000 share the same Favorites, History and Address Book. It would be really nice to have Opera intergrate with that properly rather than just offering an import.
 

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