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July 6, 2006

IE7 Beta 3 No Longer Copying Flock

Filed under: business,technology — Tags: , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 4:20 pm

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who noticed that Internet Explorer Betas 1 and 2 were using a favorites icon which flat-out rips off Flock‘s Flockater icon. I downloaded Internet Exlporer 7 Beta 3 last night and this icon was nowhere to be seen.

It was one issue entirely when Microsoft chose to use a double icon design for it’s back and forward icons which looks vaguely reminiscent of Flock’s own design. I could live with that. But, when I saw that the favorites icon was nothing more than a shrunken version of Flock’s own favorites icon, I was more than a little annoyed. After all, the Flockstar icon is a definite part of Flock’s brand image, and quite possibly the most unique icon since the orange RSS feed icon in Firefox (and now, nearly everywhere).

For those of you unfamiliar with the Flock web browser, take a look at the screenshot below:

As you can see, the interface is different from the interfaces we have come to expect from browsers such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. it includes a more stylized, coherent look and feel, and (once you get used to it) a very recognizable favorites icon. That would be the orange ball with a star inside. As an added feature, this icon is blue until you browse to a page you have already marked as a favorite, so that you don’t re-bookmark sites.

Next, we have a screenshot of Internet Explorer Beta 2. Internet Explorer users will remember a large orange-yellow star representing favorites. This icon has been replaced with none other than an orange circle with a star inside. This favorites icon bares an uncanny resemblance to the Flockstar icon above:

I was just about to make a big stink over this seemingly innocuous matter, until I loaded up Internet Explorer Beta 3. This is what I saw:

That’s right: The Flockstar icon has been replaced with a smaller version of the old Internet Explorer favorites icon. Whether because IE users wanted the old, familiar icon or because Flock users complained, the fact is, Internet Explorer 7 is no longer copying Flock’s icon. Add to that a few user interface improvements and an overall more solid look and feel, and IE7 is actually turning out to be a very competent web browser these days.


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