Worst kept secret: Upgrade to IE on the way

Worst kept secret: Upgrade to IE on the way

Summary: Although I'm at LinuxWorld this week and doing some late nite editing of the audio interviews that were recorded earlier today (for publication as podcasts), I couldn't help but notice some news coming out of Microsoft today -- namely that a beta or test version of Internet Explorer will make its appearance this summer as a separate piece of software from any forthcoming version of Windows.

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Although I'm at LinuxWorld this week and doing some late nite editing of the audio interviews that were recorded earlier today (for publication as podcasts), I couldn't help but notice some news coming out of Microsoft today -- namely that a beta or test version of Internet Explorer will make its appearance this summer as a separate piece of software from any forthcoming version of Windows. Prior to this reversal in position, Microsoft said there would be no significant updates to IE outside of that which might appear in a new version of the operating system. One month ago, it became pretty obvious that Microsoft would have no choice but to do this. Here's what I said at the time about that inevitability.

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  • Firefox lit a fire under their posteriors

    Ah, the wonders of competition.
    george_ou
    • But only for XP-SP2?

      Looks like a ploy to entice more people to XP-SP2 to me. Otherwise they'd release an update for W2K users as well.
      Zogg
    • Not So Much FireFox

      I thought that at first that they were concerned with FireFox but since the new IE will only work under SP2 all the people running 98/ME/2000 or XP with only SP1 would more likely switch to FireFox cause they wouldn't have to pay for the upgrade to XP and deal with the crap associated with SP2. MS has some secret plan about this that I'm sure we will find out one day.
      kdaulton
  • Gives the crackers

    something new to look at. A Challenge! Just how long do you expect it will take to get a new virus for IE 7?
    Roger Ramjet
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    liskanich