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IE7 Details Emerge

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the finger-in-wind dept.

Internet Explorer 946

Varg Vikernes writes "Microsoft Watch has a story about new features we can expect in IE7 (code named 'Rincon') which they gathered through Microsoft's key partners. Apparently we can expect 32 bit PNG support, native IDN support, new functionality that will simplify printing from inside IE and, of course, tabbed browsing. The new browser also will likely include a built-in news aggregator. Apparently an important factor is security."

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security (5, Funny)

Eric Smith (4379) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948237)

Apparently an important factor is security.
Though for real security, you'll have to wait for IE10, code named "Urysses".

Re:security (1, Insightful)

listerine reborn (858146) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948262)

Apparently an important factor is security. They talk the talk but they don't always walk the walk.

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Re:security (5, Insightful)

stfvon007 (632997) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948357)

There concerned with security because other more secure browsers like firefox are becoming more populer. They want a more secure position for their market share. Microsoft can be innovative, but they only do so when outside factors that threaten their market share force them to be.

Re:security (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948406)

Please mod -1, Banal.

DEATH To Muslims (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948241)

Death to muslims! They are violent monkies!

Re:DEATH To Muslims (1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948267)

In regards to your comment, wouldn't YOU be considered the violent one, calling for the death of millions of people? You're probably a stupid nigger.

So, basically... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948244)

It's Firefox... from last year?

Re:So, basically... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948305)

so basically they will strip firefox, and make a new less secure version of it, and force it upon windows users, no thanks, id rather use netscape navigator from 5 years ago

Re:So, basically... (5, Insightful)

Tim C (15259) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948376)

id rather use netscape navigator from 5 years ago

I actually used NN 5 years ago. It was a buggy, slow, crash-prone piece of shit that couldn't handle even moderately complex nested tables without slowing to an absolute crawl and needed to reload the entire page to resize it(!), and I speak as a former ardent Netscape user (I have *never* used IE as my primary browser).

I'd rather user IE6 than NN 3/4 if I had to choose; it's simply not worth that much pain.

Re:So, basically... (4, Insightful)

rpozz (249652) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948369)

It doesn't need to be any better than Firefox - it just needs to be sufficiently good enough for 'normal' people not to want to bother with using another browser.

This, is why a monopoly shouldn't be allowed to bundle software.

Re:So, basically... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948378)

No, if it was the same as Firefox from last year it wouldn't render 90% of pages correctly.

Yeah, your comment was just as dumb and childish.

Interesting Codename... (4, Interesting)

Megaslow (694447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948246)

rincon is Spanish for "corner"... Perhaps a not-so-Freudian-slip on what they want to do to the browser market?

It will be interesting to see what else (other than tabbed browsing & RSS aggregation) will be "inspired" by Firefox and other browers, say perhaps, easy plugins and themes?

Re:Interesting Codename... (2, Interesting)

papercrane (817404) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948302)

Or it could be that they're trying to *turn* a corner and do things right.

Of course, we all know that will never happen.

Re:Interesting Codename... (2, Insightful)

mzieg (317686) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948358)

"Cornering" can connotate "fast and nimble handling," as well as "exceptional stability," when used in the context of cars.

Not that I anticipate that in this case...

Re:Interesting Codename... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948307)

More like Firefox backed them in to a rincon

Re:Interesting Codename... (5, Interesting)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948311)

Microsoft likes to use codenames based upon the names of mountains. XP was Whistler for instance. There is a "Rincon" mountain range in Arizona.

Re:Interesting Codename... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948324)

their first choice was maricon but that was a little too obvious.

Re:Interesting Codename... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948366)

...and "Eck" is German for corner. And "hoek" is Dutch. Which will match the sounds most users will make when trying to upgrade.

Rincon? (3, Interesting)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948401)

That's where my dad was born! [rincon-puertorico.com] Sweet (bitterly of course with IE's reputation).

What one should be scared of is the "IE 7.0 will feature international domain name (IDN) support" part -- can an IE user disable it like Firefox has [linuxinsider.com] (should he desire to use IE of course) before someone *ahem*rincóns them with a bad IDN?

apparently? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948254)

Wow, increased security? No way dude!

nice code name (0, Redundant)

xv4n (639231) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948256)

(code named 'Rincon')

What? that's spanish for "corner".

Re:nice code name (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948410)

What? that's spanish for "corner".

And it's "Lincoln" in Korean.

Can't wait... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948258)

Apparently an important factor is security.

Can't wait to have more security holes!

Tabbed Browsing? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948259)

Ummmm... the article says that microsoft had no comment on tabbed browsing. It didn't even *hint* that there would be tabbed browsing.

Looks like Slashdot editors missed one again.

Re:Tabbed Browsing? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948337)

It didn't even *hint* that there would be tabbed browsing.

From the article:

'Sources say that IE 7.0 - which is code-named "Rincon," they hear - will be a tabbed browser.'

Does that constitute hinting?

Secure (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948261)

Apparently we can expect 32 bit PNG support, native IDN support, new functionality that will simplify printing from inside IE and, of course, tabbed browsing. The new browser also will likely include a built-in news aggregator. Apparently an important factor is security."

Yes, it will feature the reintroduction of Clippy, who will be wearing a policeman's hat, of appropriate costume for your region (e.g. uk get a bobbies hat) Clippy will also take certain cues from the current political climate...

It looks like you wanted to visit some heathen site unassociated with Microsoft, you would like to do the following:

Return to MSN

Remove all related items from cache

Submit your bookmarks for review

Block all futher access to [www.google.com]

[YES] [OK]
"and don't let me catch you installing any other browser or it's the clink for you!"

Re:Secure (1)

Auckerman (223266) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948392)

If history is any lesson, Microsoft will do exactly what they are doing with their security initiative for Windows: Stop releasing updates on a timely basis except to the government and those pay for them (partners)...

I can't wait.

Security? (2, Insightful)

A beautiful mind (821714) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948263)

"Apparently an important factor is security."

We've heard this many times. Let's just wait for it and then make claims.

IE7 to corner the browser market? (0, Redundant)

Spacejock (727523) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948264)

Rincon = 'corner' in spanish. Maybe Microsoft do have a sense of humour after all.

Re:IE7 to corner the browser market? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948382)

does
Does have a sense of humour

Microsoft has finally been forced to innovate (5, Insightful)

msully4321 (816359) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948265)

Since they crushed Netscape, Microsoft has not had to improve their browser any significant amount. It seems the threat from Firefox is forcing them to innovate and improve in a market they once took for granted.

Hehe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948335)

You said innovate.

Re:Microsoft has finally been forced to innovate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948374)

forcing them to innovate and improve

If by innovate you mean "copy or buy someone else's work," then you are correct.

Re:Microsoft has finally been forced to innovate (5, Insightful)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948381)

Firefox is not so much a threat (its market share is still tiny) as an embarassment. It's evidence that Microsoft is way behind in figuring out what kind of software people need and getting it out the door. That's always been an issue (remember how many versions of MS-DOS shipped without a decent text editor?) but when they screw up with something as conspicuous as a web browser, people notice.

Innovate??? (5, Interesting)

Horrortaxi (803536) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948399)

I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say they'll innovate. Innovate means they will break new ground and offer something you haven't seen before. They'll offer what all the other browsers have had for 2 years and that's it. No innovation, just keeping up with the Jonses. Now maybe they'll have some innovative marketing plan or some innovative predatory practices that will allow them to rincon the browser market again. That's where Microsoft really innovates.

Apparently an important factor is security? (3, Insightful)

Bnonn (553709) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948268)

No kidding eh...

Are they basing it on the IE6 code? If so, why? If they're completely rebuilding the Windows code for Longhorn, wouldn't it be smart to do the same with IE?

Re:Apparently an important factor is security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948298)

And whose ass did you pull that little tidbit out of? If you think they're rewriting Windows from scratch for Longhorn, you've obviously got some problems with the whole "perception of reality" thing.

NEVER! Fire FOx 4 Life! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948272)

Bah, fire fox will be better watch n c-

printing (5, Insightful)

Phil246 (803464) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948274)

"new functionality that will simplify printing from inside IE"
in other words, theyve fixed it so printing from IE isnt as retarded?
how hard can it be to print a page without chopping parts off

Re:printing (2, Interesting)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948336)

A print preview mode like Firefox has would be nice. That way, if you need to print only certain pages of a large document (like a Form 10-K) you can specify with ease which pages you'd like to print.

MICHAEL SIMS DREDGED UP BY TSUNAMI (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948275)

Recently 86'd /. "editor" Michael Sims was dredged up by a metaphorical tsunami of regret this morning, after years of corruption, power-tripping, and unethical behaviour finally became self-evident.

Countless minute tremors involving Censorware and friends, Roland Piquepaille, and /. readers triggered the gargantuan wave, lifting Sims to the surface of a previously unknown reality.

"It was incredible," recounts Sims. "I just couldn't get 'Hello, World!' to compile, so I posted a question to /.. Strangely, my comment wasn't deleted, modded into oblivion, or arbitrarily recontextualized - in fact, someone took the time to point out that GCC isn't usually installed on rotary phones."

It was at that point, Sims says, that the flood hit.

"Not only did someone offer assistance, but /. itself was admin'd in a pretty cool manner. I'm a better person now because of this - thanks guys!"

Ive heard that before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948276)

Ive heard "security is a priority" from microsoft before, it gave us 98, then ME then XP.

Abe Vigoda (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948279)

If it can't tell me whether Abe Vigoda is alive or dead, I'm not even going to bother trying it.

Re:Abe Vigoda (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948350)

I came home one night tuned my t.v. in
My favorite show was about to begin
As I was scanning across the dial
I saw her read the news with delectable style
Then I was sure that within a while

I was stuck
Stuck in a pagoda
With tricia toyota
I'm stuck
We were watching abe vigoda
Then every thing will be fine

Later that night we went for a drive
And I can say I never felt more alive
Taking in the sights of old tokyo
With tricia by my side and money to blow
I knew then I never wanted to let her go

Chorus

Lead

Chorus

Always in a daze always in a dream
Always find that things are not what they seem
A little asian goddess came from up above
I thank you nbc for sending my love
And tricia is the one I've been dreaming of

Chorus

Microsoft innovates again!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948284)

By uh... by...uh...stealing from other platforms!

Maybe they can innovate by adding clippy to it...

so (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948285)

so basically its gonna be a firefox clone except with microsofts typical excellent coding. I give it 15 mins after the 1st release to find some hole.
Give it up bill, you can't win. We're not your sheep anymore!

Lets not forget.. (3, Funny)

Renraku (518261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948288)

Lets not forget about the OS-crippling bugs and security holes big enough to drive a DVD-full of arbitary code through.

many useful features... (5, Insightful)

nick-less (307628) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948292)

but nearly one will ever install it unless MS forces them via autoupdate...
I bet I IE5 and IE6 will still annoy us for many many years...

Hulalgalglaglag (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948294)

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*pantpantpant*

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Next in the pipeline... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948295)

"Microsoft has recently announced development of Internet Explorer 8, codenamed 'Loosebert'."

I bet they regret hiring those Japanese experts on US presidential history now.

from the article... (2, Funny)

jotux (660112) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948297)

"The first beta of IE 7.0 isn't expected for a few more months."

Does it really take than long to download firefox, change the spinning icon in the top right corner, and relabel it IE 7?

Re:from the article... (2, Funny)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948389)

It's not really that easy. They have to backport all the security holes form IE6 until it passes a regression test :)

Name change for IE7 (2, Interesting)

Matt Perry (793115) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948299)

I guess that IE7 [edwards.name] will have to change its name.

And about MS's product: I just hope they fix all their CSS issues and add support for CSS 3.

Re:Name change for IE7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948408)

I just hope they fix all their CSS issues and add support for CSS 3.

Me too. I hope they add COMPLIANT support for CSS 1 and 2.. Don't push your luck with CSS 3 though ..

Security (4, Insightful)

Swamii (594522) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948314)

Apparently an important factor is security.

Good for them, it's about time. SP2 was a step in the right direction: blocked ActiveX & Java by default was a good move. I'll be interested in seeing how they deal with .NET applets that want to elevate permissions. I know that .NET code is sandboxed over the web, but from what I've read, it seems they plan on allowing permission elevations via a single click from the user. Let's hope they really focus on security and really lock down all non-verifiable 3rd party code being run through the browser.

They better not! (3, Funny)

the_skywise (189793) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948371)

" it seems they plan on allowing permission elevations via a single click from the user"

How many security violations have there been already by the simple "A script is accessing some software (an ActiveX control) on this page which has been marked safe for scripting. Do you want to allow this?"

[YES]

SPYWARE INSTALLED YOU HAVE B33N 0WNED LUZ0R!!!

Better popup blocking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948320)

Please tell me they're going to close the loophole (heck, I almost think it's an exploit) that allows web sites to bypass the popup blocker by just waiting until the user clicks on something inside the page...?

I thought... (2, Informative)

kryogen1x (838672) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948321)

I think I remember someone from MS saying that their users don't want tabbed browsing, therefore IE will not get tabbed browsing.

I guess he's wrong.

But....... (1)

Patrick Mannion (782290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948323)

will it run on Linux? Hmmm. Appearently, Microsoft has finally began to consider Firefox a threat because *cough*tabbed browsing* is a Firefox feature and so is PNG. Finally, IE learns they need to include PNG. Though, just because it has all these ""new"" *cough*ripoff*cough* features doesn't mean I'll use it. I'm insecure as it is running on Windows Me!

Not too keen on Standards (5, Insightful)

PineHall (206441) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948325)

Partner sources say Microsoft is wavering on the extent to which it plans to support CSS2 with IE 7.0.

Microsoft still wants to be the one to set the standards

Fanx, Firefox (1)

Laconian (578463) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948329)

How much do you want a bet it was the excitement surrounding Firefox that woke the beast up from its nap? Yay, the browser wars are truly back!

Great News!!! (2, Funny)

NerdConspiracy (858939) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948331)

Mmmmm, can't wait... tabbed browsing...png support...and printing too! And they are even considering supporting CSS!

How come nobody else could think of those features until now? Well done Microsoft!

Tabbed browsing.. yay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948332)

Am i the only one that immediately disables this annoying feature immediately after installing a new browser?

Thats what the taskbar is for... quit screwing with my head!

This sounds great but... (5, Insightful)

bmw (115903) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948333)

Is anyone else screaming WHAT ABOUT CSS?! IE is the single largest reason I don't enjoy doing web development. If they could somehow manage to actually support some accepted standards (other than their own) it would make life oh so much better for all of us.

security. (1)

jotux (660112) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948334)

"Apparently an important factor is security"

So they're re-writing the code for another platform?

sounds like they're not saying much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948341)

I'll bet Microsoft has some bigger things than this up its sleeve, at least so they can make a flashy demo when it comes out. Maybe a configurable meta-search bar that aggregates from google, MSN and a search of your local disk drives or browser bookmarks or something like that.

Help me understand (1)

overshoot (39700) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948342)

MS has been telling us for years now that they don't offer tabbed browsing because their customers don't like it.

So, I'm confused. Does this mean that they add features that people don't want?

Factor this... (2, Interesting)

dallask (320655) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948344)

When MS says that "an important factor is security" what their really saying is "We know the linux community will rigorusly test our product and find our bugs for us... when they do, we'll fix those bugs immidiately... or at least in a few months."

xp/2003 only? (2, Interesting)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948345)

So is this when they finally cut off ( and piss off ) all the *millions* of users that still have 98/NT/2000?

Users that cant upgrade unless they get newer hardware. Users that know what they have now does the job and have resisted the 'upgrade scam'.

I'll be the first to Admit (4, Funny)

Deliveranc3 (629997) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948348)

Firefox is done.

We had 5 years of Microsoft laziness to inovate and take over and we blew it. We suck.

I will still use Opera, and I guess we can wait for security holes again... but they stole our tabbed browsing. It's all over people.

Meh (1)

Ryvar (122400) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948352)

Apparently an important factor is security.

Even if I don't hold out much hope for their success, I wish them the best of luck - consider the millions of spyware infested /trojan-infested hosts throwing out spam these days. Even if they only reduce that by 75% with these new efforts, it'll be a big, big help

--Ryv

/. Pisses Me Off (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948354)

I'm sick of this constant whining about IE6 and the constant Firefox preaching.

Yes, IE6 is an insecure piece of shit. Yes, it's unstable. Yes, Firefox has much better compatibility with standards, is more stable, etc. etc.

But you blind fanboys just don't understand a couple of things. Firefox is bloated. It renders slower than IE. It takes *ages* to come out of swap after you minimize it and go play a game. It uses insane amounts of RAM.

*Both* browsers could use some fixing up. Firefox is not the be-all, end-all of browsing.

Being a Firefox user myself, I don't use IE6 at all (except for the occasional Windows Update), but I'm not going to strike IE7 off as a POS before I even see it. I've read the first 15 comments here, and most of them are already making stupid fun of IE7, saying shit like "Isn't this Firefox from last year?" or "Is it that hard to re-brand Firefox?"

No, you fucktards. If anyone is capable of making a BETTER browser than Firefox, it's Microsoft. Do not underestimate Microsoft. If they want to do something, they can. They have the money and the people.

Shit. I'm going to have an aneurysm reading the retardity that comes from your keyboards.

Re:/. Pisses Me Off (1)

filekutter (617285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948394)

I"ve been using Firefox at winderz update without a problem.. is a lot of fun too when I remember the early days of Mozilla and microcrap blocking alternative browsers.

Correction (2, Informative)

springbox (853816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948360)

IE6 (and 5) already support 32-bit PNGs, but they don't render them correctly. The browser draws them over the background color saved in the file instead of the page for some reason, although they got it right with the transparent color in GIFs!

The article says PNG "transparency" but it's actually opacity or translucency. Sorry.

Spammer heaven (1)

filekutter (617285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948364)

So, the printer will be interfaced automatically... I can't wait to see the spammers as they take advantage of that!!! The automation has been the achilles tendon for Micro$oft's security.. they know this, and obviously still haven't learned a thing. They don't want people to learn how to use their rigs,but to remain stupid, dependent, and continue to buy M$ product.If people HAD to select print and setup even just a LITTLE bit, their understanding would blossom and become a starting point for further understanding of the computer.

Not being an IE User (1)

kc0re (739168) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948368)

I haven't used IE for several years. Is this good? I would hope they would build in RSS support so it can compete with Tiger's Safari.
Oh wait... Didn't Microsoft say they aren't making a Mac IE?

Why do they bother? (1)

idlake (850372) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948377)

It sounds like Rincon will basically be a clone of Mozilla Firefox and/or Konqueror. Frankly, why do they bother? Why do they keep wasting money on this?

It's pretty clear at this point that attempts to make the web a Microsoft-proprietary space have failed. The freely available rendering engines does everything they need, and they can put some of them into whatever products they like under liberal licenses. Microsoft could do what Apple did with Safari.

I think for Microsoft, pride has long clouded their judgement. Not-invented-here perhaps works as a business strategy for a software company if you are in complete control of a market, but that is less and less the case with Microsoft.

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948380)

Not to seem like a total newb, but why does microsoft need to have a internet browser. I mean, people will buy windows anyways.

important (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948383)

I've been on Slashdot for five years and have witnessed the extreme faggotry with my own tired eyes.

Rob Malda's faggot cock has been in and out of so many geeks it's not funny. No, I'm serious, don't laugh. Kathleen Fent (sounds like bent) is obviously his beard so he can enjoy the benefits of marriage while still exploring the rectums of Linux faggots ther world over.

Alan "Anal" Cox, the TCP/IP coder for the Linux kernel, solicits gay sex from underage Linux enthusiasts using GAIM (sounds like gay-m). After convincing smooth young innocent man-boys to share the beauty of their hairlessness with him, Alan rapes them in his shower while asking them if they noticed better network performance in other operating systems, shoving whole bars of soap up their asses if they answer in the affimrative.

ESR, the redheaded anthropologist of the Open Source movement, douches his colon nightly with a special Jagermeister enema. He also takes pictures of his thin, erect penis and hairy red balls and posts them to comp.linux.teens where he trolls for unsuspecting victims in his depraved anus games. Not butt-crack is safe with Eric S. Raymond on the loose!

Richard M. Stallman, Hassidic Jew and leader of the Free Software Foundation, took a vow of abstinence in 1984. His loyal army of GNU coders take his word as gospel and interpret the GNU toolset as homosexual instructions for building faggot communist sex software. After twenty years, RMS's insidious plans to seed the Earth with gay hippy values is coming to fruition in millions of mothers basements worldwide.

In other news... (2, Funny)

jotux (660112) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948385)

Though the beta of IE 7 will not be released for several months, there are already 3 secutiry patches for the browser which microsoft strongly recommends you install.

Entire damn thread is Redundant. (2, Interesting)

winterdrake (823887) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948397)

If they want me to care about IE7, they're going to need to give me something that Firefox doesn't already give me more of. They could start with Adblock...that much at least is required before they're even under consideration.

Microsoft seems to be having trouble lately with new products actually doing something new. Longhorn for example - what exactly is supposed to be new in that again? They had three things they were hyping, none of which was terribly revolutionary to start with, and all of which have since been dropped or will be available (eventually) as an upgrade to existing OSes.

Idiot programmers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948400)

Without CSS, it'll still suck.

Details emerge, exploits to follow shortly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11948404)

Probably even before /. posts the obligatory dupe.

This is all they need to do to maintain dominance (3, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948405)

Implement many new browser features that have caught on in Opera, Mozilla & Firefox. Secure it up a little. As long as its bundled with the operating system, and they pay a little lip service in the press to improved security, Joe User will continue taking the path of least resistance, i.e., IE (pun intended)

Getting rid of the surprize factor (3, Insightful)

ad0gg (594412) | more than 9 years ago | (#11948415)

"Sources say that IE 7.0 - which is code-named "Rincon," they hear - will be a tabbed browser."

Wonder if Microsoft will pull an Apple and sue Microsoft Watch [slashdot.org]. Seriously think about it, information on MS products are leaked on to the web everyday.

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