From 12th of February Microsoft will be forcing the automatic upgrade of Internet Explorer 6 to version 7 via automatic Windows Update. Internet Explorer 7 is the newest version of the popular browser and was launched back in 2006. Despite this, over 25% of visitors to the PlusNet website still use Internet Explorer 6. If you are one of these people and don't know what to expect from the new version then worry not, this blog should help explain some of the differences and the new features. Current users of IE6 will be familiar with the browser looking like this: The new improved version of the popular browser looks like this: The main differences between Internet Explorer 6 and 7 are: - A new streamlined look to maximise the size of the web page view - Tabbed browsing allowing you to easily switch between webpages without losing your existing page -Toolbar with built in search box (MSN search by default) -Automatic text size reduction when printing so everything fits on the page -Increased security features protecting you from from fraudulent websites and online phishing scams -Stay safer online with Extended Validation SSL certificate functionality -A redesigned favourites centre Don't worry if you don't understand any of the new features of differences yet. With over 2 weeks until the automatic upgrade takes place you have plenty of time to have a look. For more details of the new features including a slide slow with numerous screen shots have a look at this review. Have a look here for the official Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 presentation. Hopefully this blog should help make the transition that little bit easier.