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."

#33 Re: Are there documents about this?

by GAThrawn

Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 5:55 PM

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It just works" (TM)

No but seriously, I'm talking about using the Windows roaming profile feature, implented using Windows NT4 or Windows 2000 servers, Win NT4, 2000 or XP Pro clients and either an NT domain or an ADS.

The hard work is all done by Windows, but now Mozilla can take advantage of that (whereas what happened was that Mozilla would often refuse to start if you were using a network redirected _windows_ profile directory, or at the very least you couldn't get it to work without some truly painful workarounds) now Mozilla will happily store and retrieve your details from the network redirected folder like any other profile-using native Windows app.

This is roaming your profile around a local network, and definitely isn't the same as having roaming (or synchronising) bookmarks (or address books or full profiles) between different networks and systems, across the internet. That involves either LDAP, or usable FTP servers etc and is the subject of a number of open RFE bugs (one or two of them have been pretty actively worked on by someone at Oeone I think ?Ben?, and I seem to remember that a couple of Netscape engineers have at least looked at it) but I haven't kept up with that effot very lately so I couldn't say how far they've got.