Yes, it’s finally true. Stuck on like a big band aid, courtesy of MSN Toolbar 1.2, we have IE with tabs. Well ahead of the release of Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft has done what they just absolutely needed to do, and have provided tabbed browsing for Internet Explorer. Things are fairly undeveloped at this stage, but reports talk about it running fast and supporting most features you'd want.

"It's a more powerful functionality in a pretty robust tool offering, which already has a number of differentiators with form fill and the access to MSN services in the toolbar" MSN Product Manager Justin Osmer said. "We announced we were going to do tabbed browsing when we released the final version last month–and here it is."

The upgrade will allow users to open multiple sites, each in different windows with a tab at the top, directly underneath the menu bar–with the intention of making it easier to switch among pages.

The functionality also will let users save "routines" in an unlimited number of tabs, which have been dubbed "My Tabs." So, a user who routinely checks a weather site, two news sites and the family photo album can save each URL in a tab, and every time that person opens a browser, those sites will automatically appear in the tabs. Users will be able to edit their "My Tabs" as desired.