Linked by Matt Brewer on Fri 12th Dec 2003 20:43 UTC
Internet Explorer The new version of Internet Explorer in Longhorn 4051 is version 6.05.4051.0.  Even though Longhorn is many years away (if ever!) the folks at Microsoft have realized that people want more from their browser, due to popularity of the competition, ex. Mozilla. UPDATE: Longhorn 4051 review.
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Re: The Microsoft Game
by rajan r on Sat 13th Dec 2003 05:52 UTC

Well, I would have supported that, if they would get the patent. But afterall, they aren't even close to being the first browser that supports pop-up blockings. In fact, their first implementation stinks the high heavens.

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As for the rest of you people, I think the main reason why Microsoft hadn't changed IE much is

1) Antitrust concerns. Just imagine, if IE had *all* of Mozilla's features around the same time each new version of Mozilla is released? AOL wouldn't think twice about suing - hardly anyone would use Mozilla (most people use Mozilla today because of the features, not because of philosophical reasons.

And just imagine if they had even more features than Mozilla? Mozilla wouldn't be running with 6% marketshare -nobody would bother downloading it.

Personally, I hope Microsoft would keep anything more than the bare neccessities off IE. New download manager? Fine. Pop-up blocker? That's about time. Anything more, and it would terribly hard for any competitors to compete with Microsoft anymore. (Oh yeah, probably that's because I'm a Opera fanboy). You want real cool features that would confuse grandma and grandpa, go to http://www.opera.com and download the latest version (or http://www.mozilla.org/). Whatever that floats your boat.

2) On IE's lack of standards compliency, I think it is IE's weak point. It is one thing to snub standards for your own things, but it is completely another thing if you snub standards but couldn't come up with an viable altenative. Microsoft is having the same problems as Netscape had back then.

Why? Both are based on Mosaic. Remember pre-Netscape 6 browsers? They found it hard to support new standards or new features. Sure, there are exception to the rule - like PNG transperancy, but this is largely the case. I'm quite sure somewhere on Microsoft's campus, somebody is rewriting IE's Mosaic-based core.

But you see, Netscape took 4 years to finally say "The rewrite's done!" with Mozilla 1.0. But for Microsoft, things are even worser - they have to do something like a rewrite, yet keep binary compatiblity with the old Mosaic core because so many applications use it.