Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 to be Final Standalone Version

Monday June 2nd, 2003

Over the last few days, several people have written in with the news that there will be no further standalone versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Future enhancements to the browser will only be delivered in the form of operating system upgrades. The news was confirmed by Internet Explorer Program Manager Brian Countryman in a May 7th online chat discussing the changes made to Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003. He said: "As part of the OS, IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation... Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1. Further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS." The next consumer version of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, is due in 2005.

Update! According to a CNET article, the standalone version of IE may, in fact, continue to be updated. "If you're using IE now, for Mac or Windows, you will have access to any appropriate updates," the report quotes a Microsoft representative as saying. "There will be continued innovation and improvement... It's not going anywhere as a product. What happens in the Longhorn timeframe — it's too early to discuss."

#10 Re: Re: Cool

by Galik

Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 4:20 AM

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But in all the important respects Avant Browser *is* Internet Explorer. The UI maybe different and much better that IE's but it's still locking you into MS web 'standards' that arn't open. This is what MS wants. As long as the rendering engine is IE then MS are happy for people like Avante to do the UI work for them. That way MS still gets to controll the back end and what happend on the servers. MS already owns the desktop market and the server market is what they're after now. IE is one of their main tools. Is it just a coincidense that this anouncement came days after the settlement with AOL? MS now feels it has Cart Blanch to force everyone to use IE rendering engine because whose gonna sue them for unfair competition now?