Internet Explorer 7, coming standard with Vista and available for Windows XP (upon release), may be getting more with the
times than we'd estimated. Microsoft is going to implement native XMLHTTP into IE7, a feature that most standard browsers support already. Currently, IE6 uses this very common feature only through ActiveX, making it more hazardous and more prone to bugs than a native method of rendering. The inclusion of XMLHTTP will make IE7 more standards-compliant, easing the minds of web developers everywhere. The link article even gives a short snippet of code to show the difference in how it is handled, giving a better perspective of why this is a good thing. So, maybe IE7 won't be all bad!