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."

#14 Windows Longhorn: Rest In Peace

by geraldb

Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 7:27 AM

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I guess Microsoft still needs to learn the Pressplay, Musicnet, and so on lesson. If there's a free alternative that's better and that's free, no one is going to shell out anything to Micro Willy.

Just recently, for example, the Munich city council decided to move 14.000 desktops from Windows to Linux, see the write-up of the story in CNET @ <…_3-1010740.html?tag=cd_mh>

Also if you want to get a Media box why not buy a Sony Playstation 3 or a similar box powered by Linux for US$200. Who is going to shell out US$200 for a Longhorn license that only lets you install Micro$oft certified programms. Sure, Michael Eisner (the top duck) will, but who else?