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Internet Explorer 7

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Today, in his keynote for the 2005 RSA conference, Bill Gates announced, among other things, that Microsoft would be releasing a new version of Internet Explorer for the XP SP2 platform.  Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) is expected to continue with advancements already in Windows XP SP2 by adding additional security to the platform while still maintaining its current levels of extensibility and compatibility.  Betas are expected to be sometime this summer.

Here are a few related links:

This is a Good Thing(TM), and I think Dean, from the IE Team, puts it best in his "IE Blog" post about the IE7 announcement:

[The IE Team is] committing to deliver a new version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP customers. Betas of IE7 will be available this summer. This new release will build on the work we did in Windows XP SP2 and (among other things) go further to defend users from phishing as well as deceptive or malicious software.

Why? Because we listened to customers, analysts, and business partners. We heard a clear message: “Yes, XP SP2 makes the situation better. We want more, sooner. We want security on top of the compatibility and extensibility IE gives us, and we want it on XP. Microsoft, show us your commitment.”

I think of today’s announcement as a clear statement back to our customers: “Hey, Microsoft heard you. We’re committing.”

The only thing that I'd still like to know myself is whether IE7 will bring with it improved support for open standards such as CSS, XHTML, PNG, SVG, MathML, &c in addition to improved security.  And it looks like I'm not the only one either, based on a quick scan of the first ten or fifteen comments to Dean's post.  I think I'll have to skim through them (there are 354 as of 4:47pm PST) to see if Dean or anyone else on the IE team has responded to the queries from my "creative" kith and kin.

  • true?

  • Hahahaha....dude we don't need it! I'm a Microsoft person 100%, but creating something we already have is useless! We have Firefox! The FLAWLESS web suite. It's awesome enough. I can't imagine IE matching and beating it by 200%(that is the % required to warrent a switch). That's just not right. Reinvesting the wheel is actually a sin.

  • Firefox is nice but far away from being superior to IE (or any other borwser). Both are pretty much on par (in different fields tho). And there's is actually no Webbrowser that is flawless.

  • David:

    You're always entitled to your opinion of course, just as I'm entitled to mine. I do tend to agree more with Bjorn - FireFox is nice (for one it already has a better handle on open standards like CSS and PNG), but no web suite (heck, no software application, Open or Closed source) is "flawless" and there are a lot of people, both inside and outside Microsoft, who who do think that releasing a new version of IE *is* worth the effort.


    PS: As an aside, you might want to consider all assumptions generally before typing -- for example, I'm most definitely not a "dude" ... dude. ;-)

  • I response to David Betz, I think 90% of the market will appreciate it.

  • Who Cares.

  • <quote who="John">Who Cares.</quote>

    Well, obviously, John doesn't.


    We can tell this is true because he took that extra half a minute out of his day to make sure the rest of us knew that the topic was completely beneath his notice.



    All kidding aside, I care - if for no other reason than that providing an even more secure version of IE to the general public makes the entire internet that much safer for everyone. The harder it is for the Bad Guys(tm) to expliot *any* specific internet facing software, the smaller the problems become for the whole internet community.

    And, presumably, at least *some* of the people responsible for the more positive of the 647 comments[*] against Dean's post at the IE Blog also care. ;-)

    [*] As of 4:37pm PST, Feb/16/2005

  • I personaly believe that Internet Explorer is smoother than any other web browser. If you check the new Netscape 8 Beta -you'll see that you can change the page format that you see between Netscape and Internet Explorer! We are talking about one of the leading Browsers in here -Surely FireFox is pretty good, but we shouldn't talk about security in here... have you seen Ocean's 12? Everything can be cracked!

  • thankuuu