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


  1. I’d expect only security patches too. But after all that fuss with SP2 it is not worth much. Tabbed browsing? That’s optimistic. Better standards support? Impossible.

  2. Well, if the only thing Microsoft does is increase security, I think the drain to Firefox will continue (although it will likely slow). I guess we’ll see.

    Just yesterday I was working on a CSS-P layout that rendered perfectly in the Mozilla browsers via various techniques, but IE 6 remained incorrigible. I sure hope to see better.

  3. I refer you to my comments under Roger’s post titled A letter from Opera to Microsoft.


  4. Yup, I think you’re right on the standards thing. Maybe a few fixes for the weirder CSS bugs though? (As opposed to making it support the standards.)

    I certainly hope so. They could add ‘support’ for some things (like child selectors), but keep all the bugs… thus breaking everyone’s oh-so-clever IE6 CSS filters.

    Hee hee hee! Actually, seeing as I’ve never used any, I kinda like that idea :)

  5. The fact that this new release will only be available on the XP SP2 platform indicates that this is not a holistic approach by MS to solving security issues. People may upgrade their browser but not many will update their OS so once again Win2K will be left out in the cold.

  6. The bitter irony is that they CAN’T fix any CSS bugs. If they do, they’ll break all of the sites wich were cobbled together with browser-checks and work-arounds.

    They won’t risk breaking MSIE-centric sites in favour of standards.

  7. And there’s another major problem by adding some browser features, but not standards support - “We” (those who care for standards) will lose the cards they have, since we can’t recommend using modern browsers by the fact of tabbed browsing and security. And let’s face it, regular folks doesn’t care about standards in the web industry.

  8. February 17, 2005 by Patrys

    The only security fix they could make would be to add an uninstall option as I see it.

    On the other hand… imagine a Gecko-based explorer ;]

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