Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jul 2006 20:43 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft plans to automatically push Internet Explorer 7 to Windows XP users when the browser update is ready later this year. IE 7 will be delivered in the fourth quarter as a 'high priority' update via Automatic Updates in Windows XP, Gary Schare, Microsoft's director of IE product management, said in an interview Tuesday.
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I suspect there wouldn't have been an IE 7 were it not for FireFox. FireFox was becomming a noticable threat to Microsoft's IE mindshare, so they got back into action. Were it not for FireFox we'd be waiting for Opera to scare Microsoft, and Opera might not have become freeware which would have made that even harder to accomplish.

It's a bad idea to support IE which is only developed when a competitor takes away enough mindshare to scare Microsoft. Here's to hoping MS doesn't get much of a boost from IE 7, maybe then we'll see some continued effort and an IE 8.

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