MSN’s Tabbed Browsing

In a future post I will talk about some of the challenges relating to building Tabbed Browsing as an add-on to IE.

The MSN team has taken on this challenge, and their latest toolbar adds tabbed browsing to "older" versions of IE. I haven't used this toolbar enough to comment on the functionality, but I've seen some confusion in the community and I want to clarify that this is a separate effort from IE7.

Comments (6)

  1. Hi, when you say "older" versions of IE, how far back do you think it will go (to which version)? Would this addition make IE more memory hungry and slower to load?

  2. I heard it works on 5.5 and 6.0, but I’m not 100% sure. Also, all add-ons affect IE’s working set to some extent, but I haven’t measured the impact of the MSN toolbar.

    A better place to ask about this toolbar is on the MSN Search’s team blog:

  3. Colin J D says:

    I am a new media web developer, and I must say that working with IE at this point is absolutely painful . Why does IE not use its own standards as describe by msdn? Ive been fighting with the fact that every other browser uses proper CSS standards except for internet explorer for the last few weeks, but this is sort of the last straw for me. I have been working around the idea that <INPUT type="image" would call a SUBMIT upon clicking as it is describe. Instead, I work for hours only to find that Internet Explorer doesnt even comply to this (of course, firefox does)

    it wouldnt be such an issue except that Internet Explorer is what everyone uses because it comes on their machine! Please ease my mind by telling me that IE7 will be more complient with CSS and w3c standards 🙁

  4. Ron Schmidt says:

    Hi. My name is Ron Schmidt. I am a developer for Georgia Pacific Corporation for the last 22 years, and in my spare time at home for the last 4 years have developed a Browser totally written in VB6. I have read all the difficulties about tabbed browsers in IE7 and just wanted let you know that I have mastered tabbed browsing in my browser using the WebBrowser control. I would love to show you my browser and what it can do. It is a total full blown Browser with all the bells and whistles. It has all the features of IE6 plus bunches of my own features. It will blow away FireFox. It has features such as AutoBrowse, AutoRefresh, AutoScroll, Popup Blocking, Web Site Blocking, and many more built-in to the browser. I have sent an email to Microsoft in the past about it when I first learned IE7 was being developed to combat FireFox. Again I would love to somehow show it to you all. I am very proud of this Browser and have spent a lot of time making it perfect. Below is the email I sent. If you would like to get in touch with me, my email address is ‘’. Thank You very much.

    ———-Original Email to Microsoft —–

    Hi. I just read on CNN/Money where you all are going to build a new version of Internet Explorer for security and competition with FireFox reasons and thought that I have to take a chance. I have been wanting to tell you all about this for a while now. I have for about the last 4 years been developing a great Browser with tons of features using your Webbrowser control. It is totally written in Visual Basic. I know a program written in C++,,etc is probably a better program, but Visual Basic is great and there is nothing that I have found so far that can not be accomplished. The browser works great and no one will ever be able to tell it is VB. For years I have watched what features other browsers have and I would do the same to mine and make it even better. I downloaded FireFox a few weeks ago to see what all the hipe was about, and after checking FireFox out for a while, I realized that my browser would blow them out of the water. I would love to tell you all the features,,etc, but only if you all are interested(which I really hope you would be). The features I have in my browser would be great in your next version. I know you all (IE:Microsoft) are the KING of all software and none of what I have developed would be possible without the great tools and programs from Microsoft, and I really love Windows programming, but I feel really scared even mentioning my Browser to you all just because you all can technically out-do anything I can do, but I had to take a chance. My browser and some other Internet related programs are used extensively at work. I have been working for Georgia Pacific Corporation for the last 22 years and they are really big on Microsoft products. I know I have not told you much about the details of my Browser, but if you are interested, please email me at I would love to send screen prints and more details, but you really just have to see it and try it. Thanks very much.

  5. In a future post I will talk about some of the challenges relating to building Tabbed Browsing as an add-on to IE. The MSN team has taken on this challenge, and their latest toolbar adds tabbed browsing to &quot;older&quot; versions of IE. I haven’t used

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