03-19-2005, 07:47 PM
Public Enemy #1
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Western, NY
IE 7 coming this summer...
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Details Begin to Leak
By Mary Jo Foley
The first beta of IE 7.0 isn't expected for a few more months. But information on Microsoft's security, standards and interface plans are trickling out now.
Since it first revealed a month ago that it was pulling a U-turn by releasing a new version of Internet Explorer independent of Longhorn, Microsoft has been unwilling to share many particulars about its forthcoming browser.
Will Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0 have tabs? Will it comply with the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) 2.0 standard? Exactly how will it make browsing more secure? Will it ship in 2005? ADVERTISEMENT
Microsoft's answers? No comment.
Microsoft has shared publicly that IE 7.0 will be focused primarily on improving security. Company officials said recently that Microsoft plans to make IE 7.0 available to Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows XP Professional x64 users. A first beta of IE 7.0 is due out this summer.
But Microsoft is sharing quite a bit more IE 7.0 specifics privately with key partners, sources who requested anonymity claim.
Sources say that IE 7.0 – which is code-named "Rincon," they hear – will be a tabbed browser.
IE 7.0 will feature international domain name (IDN) support; transparent Portable Network Graphics (PNG) support, which will allow for the display of overlayed images in the browser; and new functionality that will simplify printing from inside IE 7.0, partner sources said. The new browser also will likely include a built-in news aggregator.
(Coincidentally, or perhaps not, MSN just began testing a new Microsoft-developed RSS aggregator.)
Among the myriad security enhancements Microsoft is expecting to include in IE 7.0, according to partner sources:
# reduced privilege mode becomes the default;
# no cross-domain scripting and/or scripting access;
# improved Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) user interface;
# possible integration between IE 7.0 and Microsoft's Windows anti-spyware service, which currently is in beta.
* MSN Quietly Tests an RSS Aggregator
* Netscape 8.0 Supports Both IE and Gecko Engines
* Microsoft Lets Loose a Few More IE 7.0 Tidbits
* Microsoft Changes Course: New Standalone IE for XP Planned
* Firefox Still Gaining on IE
Partner sources say Microsoft is wavering on the extent to which it plans to support CSS2 with IE 7.0. Developers have been clamoring for Microsoft to update its CSS support to support the latest W3C standards for years. But Microsoft is leaning toward adding some additional CSS2 support to IE 7.0, but not embracing the standard in its entirety, partners say.
I'm a diehard Firefox user... But I will give this a look just to see what it has to offer... Hopefully Mozilla will keep coming out with innovations to keep Microsoft on their toes!
Last edited by Maximus; 03-19-2005 at 07:51 PM..