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."

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by GAThrawn

Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 12:41 PM

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It definitely means that you can have your profile on a networked dircetory connected by a UNC path. Which is great news for moving Moz into the corporate world, as if you use roaming profiles on a Windows based network to ensure that all of your settings and files follow you around the network wherever you login, then Mozilla will also store its settings in your roaming profile on the server.

This means that not just your bookmarks follow you around, but also your mail (if you use Mozilla's mail), your history, your individual settings and with the (relatively) new support for installing extensions into the profile directory now many of your XPI installed extensions can also follow you around.