IE 7 is coming

Microsoft have apparently changed their minds about IE7. Bill Gates today announced that there will be an Internet Explorer 7.

Interesting, though I don't think we should get our hopes up when it comes to improved standards support. They'll probably just improve security, implement tabbed browsing, add some more proprietary extensions and leave it at that, saying that they've listened to their customers (mega corporations) and given them what they want.

Give us standards support that equals or betters that of Mozilla/Opera/Safari plus Mac and Linux versions of IE and I'll be reasonably happy.

In a way I kind of think it may actually be better for the web if this "update" only contains security improvements than if they make a lame attempt at matching the capabilities of Moz/Opera/Safari. With no real benefits of clinging to IE people will continue switching to other browsers, which will ensure that browser development does not stagnate and prevent Microsoft from owning the web.

Posted on February 15, 2005 in Browsers, Quicklinks