new version of Internet Explorer is surrounded by just as
much controversy as anticipation. Many people, including myself,
are interested in the new browser. But others are pushing
for a massive boycott of the new browser because it lacks
full support for internet standards.
The major focus
of Internet Explorer is security. This sounds like a direct
response to Firefox, which is rapidly gaining market share
because of its focus on security and internet standards. That
sounds good, but if Microsoft were to adhere only to web standards
and abandon everything that isn’t standard, it would
cause the exact same incompatibilities with websites as Firefox
experiences today. Microsoft is not ready to do that.
plus to Internet Explorer 7.0 will be the addition of tabbed
browsing. Tabbed browsing allows users to open multiple websites
in the same window and toggle between them using tabs. This
approach is far better than the current Internet Explorer
way, which is to open a separate window, creating an additional
window on the task bar.
will be two different versions of Internet Explorer available.
The first one that will be released is for Windows XP within
the next 6 months. Another version will be released in Windows
Vista near the end of 2006. They will look visually similar,
with the Windows Vista version being a little bit more fancy
looking. It will look better because of the new graphic engine
in Windows Vista.
to have bowed to pressure to release another browser before
Windows Vista is launched because of Firefox’s rapid
increase in market share. Firefox currently holds about 11%
market share in North America. Most of the other percentage
points go to Internet Explorer, but there are a few others
such as Opera.
update this article as soon as Microsoft commits to a launch