View into the Future of Internet Explorer

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Posted on October 29, 2003 9:34 AM in Browsers
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If you've ever read my blog before, you might have noticed that I am extremely interested in the future of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. IE 6 was my favorite and most trusted browser for quite a long time, so there's still part of me that longs for a new version of Internet Explorer, even though I have moved on to Mozilla for the time being.

Today while checking out Google News, I saw the headline "Longhorn Looks Promising" and decided to check it out. I'm glad I did, because not only did the article provide an early look at some of the cooler UI features of Longhorn, but it provided quite an insight into the direction Internet Explorer has already taken in its Longhorn incarnation:

"Internet Explorer has a slimmer look now, which reminded us a bit of Apple Computer Inc.'s Safari. Also like Safari, the version of IE included with the Longhorn preview offers pop-up blocking and a download manager, which are both firsts for IE. (The tabbed browsing that distinguishes Safari and Mozilla, among other browsers. remains absent, however.)"

It's obvious that steps have already been taken to make IE a better browser. The only downside is, the Longhorn version of IE probably won't see the light of day until sometime in 2006. Hopefully they continue to improve the browser both on the surface (adding tabbed browsing and other useful features) and under the hood (improving their compliance with CSS, etc.), but it looks like I'll be using Mozilla and/or Firebird for the next couple of years.

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