Could it Be? An Update to Internet Explorer 6

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Posted on October 07, 2003 1:59 PM in Browsers
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The affects of the ruling against Microsoft in the recent patent suit brought about by Eolas Technologies are slowly but steadily trickling down to the common web user. Just as C|Net and MozillaZine have reported today, Microsoft has released information regarding its upcoming upgrade to the IE6 web browser.

Microsoft has also released pre-release bits of the update so that developers can have an early look at how the changes affect their websites. And in like form, Apple, Macromedia and Real Networks have all followed suit with their own instructions on how to update their specific technologies to work with the new upgrade.

While the IE changes evidently only involve the addition of an OK button to the plug-in functionality brought into question by the patent, it is a shame to me that such a fundamental part of the web browsing experience has been attacked at all. If it weren't for the fact that I hate to be predictable, I probably would have titled this entry "Another Reason to Hate Software Patents."


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