Microsoft plans to fix the IE browser

By Derek Sooman on February 14, 2005, 11:30 AM
Microsoft is pledging to make some major changes to IE, and to attempt to fix many concerns with the popular browser. The company is currently considering many "fixes" to the application, which they believe will help to stop the advancing popularity of certain open source browsers like Firefox. However, itís not likely that we will see a new IE until the next version of Windows.

Officials for the Redmond, Wash., company said they will not upgrade the browser before the next release of Windows, dubbed Longhorn, which will only increase pressure from Firefox and further erode confidence due to security issues, sources said.

But because Microsoft has made the browser inextricably integrated with Windows, any upgrades will likely have to be delivered through a service pack update to the operating system, which is something Microsoft said probably won't happen. The company is looking at whether service packs might be viable, sources said.




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Spike said:
"The company is currently considering many "fixes" to the application, which they believe will help to stop the advancing popularity of certain open source browsers like Firefox."Would that involve denying firefox access to the entirity of Microsoft.com and MSN.com, as well as Windows Update?I don't like it when companies like microsoft 'consider' things. I get mental pictures of dark smoke filled rooms of suspicious looking characters plotting world domination. It may be a strange outlook, but it's true. I really do imagine that. lol
phantasm66 said:
Not world domination. Just computer domination. Oh, and media domination as well.
Julio said:
It's a shame that such a resourceful company can not keep up with demand for better features on its web browser. Sure it's up to them to decide and we are free to use any other application we want, but the real question is, where is Microsoft's commitment to the end user?
Spike said:
"where is Microsoft's commitment to the end user?"I guess it's about halfway inside the end users wallet, and reaching for the bottom.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[quote]Because Microsoft has made the browser inextricably integrated with Windows, any upgrades will likely have to be delivered through a service pack update to the operating system.[/quote]Interesting, considering you can install IE6 from a separate package on Win95, 98, ME, NT4 and 2000.
Curtman said:
[b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote]It's a shame that such a resourceful company can not keep up with demand for better features on its web browser.[/quote]Or even keep up with demand for [url=http://curtman.mine.nu/alphapng/]OLD features[/url]. This stuff was new 10 years ago, and it's still broken in IE. Get with the program guys!
Curtman said:
[b]Originally posted by Mictlantecuhtli:[/b][quote]Interesting, considering you can install IE6 from a separate package on Win95, 98, ME, NT4 and 2000.[/quote]Even more interesting, you can install that [url=http://curtman.mine.nu/~curtis/ievuln.png]same package[/url] on Linux with the help of Wine.
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Not world domination. Just computer domination. Oh, and media domination as well.[/quote]But then... if you dominate computers and the media in the 21st century, then maybe you DO dominate the world....
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by Mictlantecuhtli:[/b][quote]Interesting, considering you can install IE6 from a separate package on Win95, 98, ME, NT4 and 2000.[/quote]IE will have evolved beyond that point by the time we get to Longhorn. You might as well call IE Windows by then.
Phantasm66 said:
I don't know though how much of the original IE is in Longhorn, and how much of Longhorn is completely original work done with .Net framework, though.Does anyone know?
Per Hansson said:
I tend to think of Windows like an Elephant trying to balance on a small stone, the stone being old stable DOS or NT kernel and the elephant being, well, the rest, so there you have my stance on it P66 ;-)
Nic said:
I think much of Longhorn will be completely new (as much as anything can be). Why else would it be taking so long?
Per Hansson said:
Nic; I takes allot of time to learn the elephant balance on that tiny stone...When he falls off you get a BSOD and MS would not want that happen more than 37 times per day...
Mikael said:
It's not so much any security flaws in IE that really worries me, it is the fact that I can browse the Internet with Firefox and not receive pop-ups every time I go to a certain site. I haven't changed or modified anything with Firefox on this machine, and it runs well.Regardless of what we think about M$ or IE, it will still be interesting to see what kind of changes they actually make to Explorer.
Phantasm66 said:
What will they do to internet explorer?Probably cut it back, so that its just a basic browser again.
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