IE7 comming soon to Windows XP SP2

Bill Gates annouced IE 7 today at the RSA Conference:

Building on those advancements, Gates announced Internet Explorer 7.0, designed to add new levels of security to Windows XP SP2 while maintaining the level of extensibility and compatibility that customers have come to expect. Internet Explorer 7.0 will also provide even stronger defenses against phishing, malicious software and spyware. The beta release is scheduled to be available this summer.

It’ll be great to get much of the realiability work we’ve done in WinInet out to the public.

Comments (6)

  1. Jonathan says:

    Can you at at least elaborate on some of the WinInet "reliability work" that you’ve done? I’ve embedded IE components in many projects I’ve worked on, including implementing pluggable protocols, so I’d love to hear anything WinInet-specific that you can tell us.

    Hopefully now that IE7 has been "announced", the "not allowed to say" and "we can’t talk about that yet" replies will quickly come to an end! 🙂

  2. David Betz says:

    Hahahaha….dude we don’t need it! I’m a Microsoft person 100%, but creating something we already have is useless! We have Firefox! The FLAWLESS web suite. It’s awesome enough. I can’t imagine IE matching and beating it by 200%(that is the % required to warrent a switch). That’s just not right. Reinvesting the wheel is actually a sin.

  3. Can you tell us what other features are going to be in this? I mean are we going to get CSS that works? How about tabbed browsing?

  4. Ari Pernick says:

    James: Not allowed to say, but they have been listening to feedback over on Channel9: and of course you can look at the IE Team Blog: .

  5. David Betz: "Dude" check the security bugs logged on Firefox. There have been more security related bugs logged in firefox since it went 1.0 than IE 6.0 SP2 in the same time period and less than 1/10th the number of people use it.

    Oh ya, and more than half of those have not been fully fixed yet.

    Oh ya, and Firefox is a lame duck right now because the primary developer just went to Google so the project is just sitting in limbo mostly right now (notice the Burning edge hasn’t been updated since the 6th and gets updated WAY less frequently than it used to?)

    Firefox is nice because of tabbed browsing, better CSS and the fact that it is used by so few people that it is "safe" from malware for the moment. That won’t last, it is being targeted even as we speak, and there is almost no one left to fix the bugs that are found in it.

    Very not good situation if you ask me! I’ll take a well designed IE 7 with tabbed browsing and security enhancements that do away with most of the spyware that it breeds and hopefully CSS that is actually standards compatible any day.