Ziff Davis Internet
News & Resources for the IT Reseller
NewsReviewsTech AnalysisCommentarySecurityLinux/Unix
My Account |  

Microsoft to Update IE Before Longhorn? Maybe So
By Mary Jo Foley

When asked whether Microsoft will release an updated version of its IE (Internet Explorer) browser before Longhorn ships in 2006, Microsoft’s pat answer is that it has no current plans to do so. IE is part of Windows, and that’s that, according to the Microsoft party line.

But if you ask a slightly different question–whether Microsoft intends to add new features and functionality to IE without releasing a whole new standalone version–you’ll get a different answer.


“We are looking at whether we can use the add-on mechanism [used by third-party software developers] to roll out new IE features” before Longhorn, said Gary Schare, director of product management with Microsoft’s Windows client unit.

Schare did not volunteer any information on what kinds of enhancements or add-ons Microsoft might be considering. But IE users have been vocal in their demands for features such as tabbed browsing, built-in RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reading capabilities and support for the most recent cascading style sheet standards.

Microsoft has published a number of IE-related APIs (application programming interfaces) to its Microsoft Developer Network site, to which it is encouraging third-party developers to write. The IE programming model includes support for XML and enhanced dynamic HTML, company officials said.

A number of third-party ISVs are developing to this platform and are distributing all kinds of IE add-ons, ranging from blogging tools to search tools to RSS aggregators.

Microsoft recently aggregated this growing pool of IE add-ons and showcased it on its Windows Marketplace Web site. Windows Marketplace is Microsoft’s one-stop online shop for Windows hardware, software and services from Microsoft and other vendors.

There are nine third-party browsers listed on Windows Marketplace that use the rendering engine underneath, as does America Online Inc. with the current release of its AOL browser. Among them are Maxthon from the MyIE2 team; Net [email protected] from Virtual Innovations; InnerX from InnerX; IESnap from Tonec; and the Avant browser from Anderson Che.

Microsoft’s strategy for competing with these and non-IE browsers, such as Mozilla’s newly minted Firefox 1.0, is a three-pronged one, Schare said.

PointerClick here for a review of Firefox 1.0.

eWEEK.com Special Report: Advances in Web Browsers

He said Microsoft will continue to issue security updates and hot fixes for its installed base of IE users; to evangelize to ISVs to get them to develop more IE add-ons; and to focus on building up the IE platform that will be integrated into Longhorn so that it is a great platform for customers and developers alike.

“There are no plans right now” to issue a separate standalone version of IE between now and when Longhorn ships, Schare reiterated.

PointerTo read the full story on Microsoft Watch, click here.



Free Hands-On Training Lab
Find out how key features of SBS 2003 can help you open up a new line of revenue. Register now >>

SBS 2003 Sales Reference Card
This handy reference card contains features at a glance, sales objection handling, pricing guidelines & more. Get it now >>

Microsoft Empower for ISVs rewards your big idea with big benefits and support.
Access key development tools at a low cost to help you develop that idea into an innovative application. Learn more >>

Changing Business for the Better: A Practical Guide to BPM

This paper provides an overview of the benefits of BPM technologies and identifies the characteristics of BPM solutions that lead to successful BPM process-centric integration projects.

Download this free white paper to learn more!

>> brought to you by IBM

Attention Microsoft Solution Providers!

Want to gain a competitive edge? Try Microsoft Watch – FREE!

Each week you receive:
  • Microsoft News and Insider Information
  • Expert Analysis
  • Code Names of Upcoming MS Products
  • Year-Ahead Calendar, updated monthly

    Click Here to sign up now for your FREE 14 Day Trial to Microsoft Watch.
  • Add up to $1,200 of value with the new BONUS PACKS.
  • HP PartnerONE: The key to increasing your margins.
  • HP Compaq nc6129 Business Notebook. $1149 Smart Buy
  • HP xw8200 workstation. Smart Buy price $1549.
  • ProLiant DL360G4p server: HP Smart Buy price $1647
  • Microsoft files new anti-piracy lawsuits. Learn more.
  • New offers with Windows Genuine Advantage.

    •Catalog Publishing
    •Dealer Management
    •Order Configuration
    •Price Management
    •Sales Management

    View All >

    Search the jobs you want & get the info you need – post your resume here today!

    Powered by Dice
    White Boxes
    MS vs. IBM
    Linux in the Channel
    Stay in the Zone
    Put The Channel Insider on your desktop.
    Subscribe to The Channel Insider: Channel News, Reviews, Resources and more.

    Make your selections below:

    Contract Watch

    The Channel Insider Update

    Preferred e-mail format:

    Enter your e-mail:

    view all newsletters >>
    Channel Insider Quick Links
    Ziff Davis Footer Logo