There WILL be a new IE before Longhorn

By Derek Sooman on
Recently, we reported that Microsoft plans to fix the IE browser soon, addressing such concerns as security. However, it seemed unlikely at that time that a new IE would make its way onto anything other than a new version of Windows, and that we would be waiting for Longhorn before we got IE 7. However, recent developments have cast doubt on this, leading one to believe that a new IE could be with us before a new Windows.

A beta, or test, version of Internet Explorer 7 will debut this summer, reversing the earlier stance that Microsoft would not ship a new IE version before the next major update to Windows. Acknowledging the need for more security in the IE browser, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said that a new browser version will work on machines running on Windows XP Service Pack 2. Many analysts believe that the move is a reaction to the success of Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser.

"I think it's a response to both the delay of Longhorn and the challenge of Firefox. Were there no Firefox, they'd have more leeway to sit on it until Longhorn." - NPD Group analyst Ross Rubin.

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