I believe the difference is in Security most of all. And you can bet the "security" is partly for the user, but mostly to protect MS functionality, and protect MS from Piracy.
In my opinion Internet Explorer 6 is fine with all of the CRITIAL hotfixes added.
Anything beyond that seems to be MS self-protections from piracy, and other non essentail add-ons.
The truth is IE 6 runs wells with Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
As far as Internet Explorer 7
I would prefer to wait, until they have all the bugs reported, and fixes issued (about a year),
and THEN make a decision, based on others "experience" (not "opinions").
My experience with IE 6 has been very good.
Yeah, some viruses wait to pounce, but that is why I have Avast running. http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
p.s. Additional comment on OSes:
Win 2000 was and is a SUPER Operating System....with the hotfixes, it runs smoothly and efficiently, and is NOT a huge RAM hog...
Note that Win2000 and WinXP are built on MS
NT technology (not old rebellious DOS)
and therefore almost never crash for the home user, and
have WAY fewer crashes reported for the professional users.
then XP came along with prettier graphics,
included fixes "built in" that were 2000 hotfixes, and lots of security mostly in favor of MS,
to try to stop piracy of their OSes;
plus more Wizards for the average user to function without a lot of computer literacy. That is why it is favored, ease in use.
however, all these pluses made XP a monster OS, ergo it is therefore a HUGE Ram hog, so a bigger hard drive is better with XP.
The next OS from MS will have all the above "built in"...it will be another Ram hog, and will have a few more bells and whistles, and "cool" stuff to get the buyers interested.
· 1 decade ago