Before it was not necessary to use the options with mouse control. Before as in 2-3 months ago.
We are looking into it. One would think its possible to have the software spawn a new window. Its a minor nuisance to click the back button on your browser, but I understand. Overall, I feel the conversion went pretty smoothly. Because it was a major upgrade there are some minor differences. We've worked pretty hard to make it as similar as possible to the old software.
From a marketing standpoint, you want to keep users' eyeballs on your site as long as possible. This is the reason that co-branded sites - ie those where you have content being inserted into the home site via software- have become so popular, because they keep users on the home site while offering them content from another site.
What I do, in Explorer 8, is to right click and hit "open in a new tab" so that I do not have to backtrack.