I love betas, but I love finished products better, so I was at the front of the queue downloading the latest, finished, versions of Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 this week. Both bring some cool touches to the fray - easy sign-up to any RSS feed for any RSS reader in Firefox, nice handling of page printing in IE7 - but the real question remains: is IE7 enough to lure Firefox defectors back into the fold?
No, is the short answer. Microsoft's newest browser is a vast improvement over its predecessors but for me the real problem is the same one I have with buying any MP3 player other than iPod: there's simply too much third party goodness for the iPod and Firefox. In the Pod's world, that means hundreds of speaker docks, cases and other gadgets; in Firefox's it means awesome extensions (now Add-Ons) that deploy whizzy on-screen effects (Greased Lightbox via Greasemonkey), easy page saving (Scrapbook) and a bewildering number of tab control options.
On the plus side, IE7's undoubtedly upped the game and is keeping the Firefox crew on their toes. And that's a good thing for any Stuffer, regardless of browser allegiance.