Good points, but as I said, the only time I use IE is when running Windows Update or checking my Hotmail account (rarely). Is security a big deal under those circumstances? 99.9% of my web access is through FireFox, which I *do* keep patched religiously.
In the case of Hotmail, as long as you take the usual safety measures in front of unwanted mail (and you probably do), I'd say it's not a big deal, or not a deal at all
Assuming the software respects my "default browser" setting, I usually get FireFox. Even from Microsoft Apps.
Then Opera or my apps do not respect the setting all the time
. At least, when I launch a link from a HTML Help file, I get IE7.
And I don't consider Windows Help particularly threatening malware wise. Should I?
Not exactly, but security holes had been plugged in HTML Help in the past (there was a time Microsoft was constantly releasing patches for it, but then again it was in pre-SP2 times). I do not know if malware writers exploited those holes, but Windows Help had holes.
And talking about help files, checking the µTorrent help file a while ago, I came across what I feel is a HUGE improvement over IE6: page wide search. It may be a bit silly, but not having to select "Search down" or "Search up" is a godsend, particularly when I'm used to do that in almost every app (except in my Notepad replacement, which uses the basic text search built into Windows)