Internet Explorer Prototypes

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Posted on October 15, 2004 7:19 AM in Browsers
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Robert Scoble has apparently seen prototypes of the next Internet Explorer, and claims that if the actual release is half of what he saw, he will dump Firefox:

Dean Hachamovitch the other day showed me prototypes of the next Internet Explorer. I got to see them before he even showed them to other executives. He told me I could say about that much (I wanted to post screen captures on my blog, but he turned down that request, bummer). I'll add in that if they ship about half of what they showed me that I'll uninstall Firefox. Of course, I'm guessing that it'll probably be a year before any of us will get any bits to look at and I'm sure that Asa, Ben and the other devs over on the Firefox team won't twiddle their fingers. It sure will be an interesting competition.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall...

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Arcanius on October 15, 2004 at 11:12 PM:

That last comment was me, by the way.

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Negativeions on October 17, 2004 at 1:59 PM:

What a joke. That guys a freakin idiot. If they made IE to do my laundry I wouldn't switch. I'm sick of stupid assholes who think they know what they're talking about. This isn't a matter of preference anymore. It's a matter of necessity. IE is inherintly less secure because it's built right into windows. Can this be reinterated any more times? Hell, Firefox on windows is less secure than Firefox on a Linux machine.

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Negativeions on October 17, 2004 at 2:05 PM:

...besides... what features could microsoft possibly be putting into IE that would make it so good? Integrated media player/outlook/everything under the damn sun. That bogus. If someone can just tell me 1 feature that they could possibly put into IE that would blow away Firefox that Firefox doesn't already have I'll send you $100.

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sinceAug04 on October 17, 2004 at 3:55 PM:

Sure Microsoft isn't necessarily the leader for innovations, however they do sometimes come up with their own neat creations.

The thing is that when MS is copied, no one cares, but when they do it, everyone complains.

Take for instance Mac guys with their Tiger. They're complaining how they are complaining how the get copied all the time, the truth is they're worser offenders: Windows xp introduced fast user switching, now they're implimenting the feature but with fancy animation. What do we hear from them? MS is copying them with the introduction of avalon!!!
Same logic applies to spotlight, Microsoft had plans for it long before Mac thought about it.

Next version of IE is truely going to spectacular, unfortunately you'll probably need Windows XP or Windows NEXT.

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sinceAug04 on October 17, 2004 at 3:57 PM:

Err...

Sure Microsoft isn't necessarily the leader for innovations, however they do sometimes come up with their own neat creations.

The thing is that when MS is copied, no one cares, but when they do it, everyone complains.

Take for instance Mac guys with their Tiger. They're complaining how they get copied all the time, the truth is they're worser offenders: Windows xp introduced fast user switching, now they're implimenting the feature but with fancy animation. What do we hear from them? MS is copying them with the introduction of avalon!!!
Same logic applies to spotlight, Microsoft had plans for similar technology long before Mac thought about it.

Next version of IE is truely going to spectacular, unfortunately you'll probably need Windows XP or Windows NEXT.

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Halla on October 18, 2004 at 7:57 AM:

I have the new IE from a version of Longhorn I've been fooling/w. I use FF/w it but its interesting if anyone would like to have a look.....

screenshots:
http://megabite1.250free.com/ie.JPG --- the new IE

http://megabite1.250free.com/mozcheck.JPG --- Bug in Longhorn that prevents checkboxes from beign displayed correctly in Firefox

http://megabite1.250free.com/superclock.JPG --- This is displayed when you click on the clock

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Bernie Zimmermann on October 18, 2004 at 4:59 PM:

Halla,

I have a feeling what you see in your Longhorn build is remarkably different from what Scoble saw if he wasn't allowed to share any details afterward.

Nevertheless, thanks for sharing those links. It's cool seeing what Windows will look like 10 years from now ;) That is, if anyone still uses PCs then.

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