Who didn't see this coming? Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 7 will be released this year. This after saying for a while that there was no new browser in the works.
How can this be? Well, it could be that this new version is nothing but IE 6 with a bell or whistle and some fancy chrome. That would not shock me, but it would disappoint me.
The alternative is a new browser, based on Mozilla 5. IE 6 (just like the 5.x and 4.x before) were based on Mozilla 4. If you are using IE, see for yourself here. Scroll down to where it says User Agent. Anyway, if a Mozilla 5 based browser is coming out soon, could Microsoft's hand have been tipped when some employees of Big Redmond showed up on blog visitor logs (including mine) using Firefox?
Hey, like I said in my earlier post, I like Microsoft products, but prefer Firefox to IE. I don't have any knowledge about IE7 beyond what's been said publicly. I don't know what IE 7 looks like or anything. But I suspect the next real browser from Microsoft will be based on Mozilla 5, like Firefox. If so, and if it runs as fast and as fun as Firefox, they'll have a winner.
Personally, I think I'm going to be disappointed.
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