Microsoft has just announced the version of IE that will be in Windows Vista, nick-named “Internet Explorer 7+”. The IE blog wrote:
"With the release of Windows Vista Beta 2, I want to announce that we will be naming the version of IE7 in Windows Vista “Internet Explorer 7+”. While all versions of IE7 are built from the same code base, there are some important differences in IE7+, most significantly the addition of Windows Vista-only features like Protected Mode, Parental Controls, and improved Network Diagnostics. These features take advantage of big changes in Windows Vista and weren’t practical to bring downlevel. The IE7+ naming gives us an easy way to refer to this version. (“The version of IE7 in Vista” doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily…)"
Note that IE development head honcho Tony Chor mentioned some of these "Windows Vista-only features" in his speech to the Webstock conference yesterday - see my post for full details.
p.s. I'm so glad they didn't name it IE7 2.0 ;-)