Microsoft has tacked on a couple of features tailored just for Vista, too. Among them is a Protected Mode, where IE runs in isolation of other applications. This boosts desktop security in that exploits and malware are restricted from writing to any location beyond the Temporary Internet Files folder with explicit user approval, according to Microsoft. There are also controls for parents to restrict the children's online browsing.
Thus far, the new browser has received at least from kudos from sites such as Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
"Internet Explorer 7 RC1 is faster, more stable, and better looking than previous IE 7 betas, so it's a required update for any users who installed IE 7 Beta 3 or earlier. As for IE 6 users, I think it's both safe and prudent to migrate to IE 7 now: You'll be able to upgrade to the final version fairly effortlessly and the security enhancements and new functionality should win over even the most jaded. It's not a perfect browser, but IE 7 is hugely improved, and even in this prerelease version is worth considering. I don't think there's enough there to sway Firefox users quite yet -- maybe IE 8?--but IE 7, even in RC1 garb, is looking good. Recommended."