One of my main concerns was how well does this version handle IE plug-ins? I put it to the test my enabling the Google Toolbar plug-in that I already had installed for IE. You have to enable the plug-in in the Avant Browser Options and once you have done that you will see an option for Google located under the View->Toolbars menu. After I did that it was working flawlessly! I haven’t noticed a single feature that doesn’t work on the toolbar correctly:
The only issue that I have is with the built-in RSS reader. It lets you view your feeds Outlook-style but when you click on an article to view it you will only see a summary. I haven’t found an option anywhere that will let me view the full feed which is a little disappointing. If someone sees that option please let me know. I have only been running this build for a few hours now but it is extremely stable and I haven’t noticed any severe memory leaks. If you are looking for an alternative to Internet Explorer then it looks like the new Avant Browser will be the place to go.