October 11, 2006
IE7 to be released 18th October, three years latePosted 3118 days ago on October 11, 2006
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Microsoft's updated browser is released next week, and will be distributed via automatic update from November 1st.
It is three years late. Here's the release history:
On a (reasonable) two year release cycle, we should have had version 7.0 in 2003. Let me add that version 6.0 was really a disappointment; more like version 5.1 in some ways. Microsoft won the browser wars, then stalled the progress of web standards for five years. It was the growing popularity of Firefox, released in November 2004, that persuaded Microsoft to restart development. There would in any case have been some sort of update in Windows Vista; but without the open source competition I doubt it would have amounted to much.
The history leaves a bad taste and makes it hard to enthuse about IE7. Nevertheless, it is a badly-needed update. I'm inclined to leave the blow-by-blow comparison with Firefox to others.
The one piece I can enthuse about is the centralized RSS store that comes as part of IE. This makes a lot of sense and I'm looking forward to it.
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