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 News.com 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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Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 10:03 PM
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...post year 2005:
Scene: An older man in your typical office supplies store approaching a young man restocking a shelf with notebook binders. Older man is a clueless computer user. Young man is fresh on summer break from college.
Clueless: "Excuse me, I'd like to upgrade my Microsoft Office?" Clerk without looking: "Um, the new Windows 2005 in aisle three. We'll process your rental agreement at the counter." Clueless: "But I have Office 97 and I just want to upgrade it." Clerk turns, shaking head in disgust: "Ya, aisle three. Remind me to add the obsolete system surcharge when you get back. Really, you 'otta just go home and stick with what you got." Clueless user shuffles away. Clerk mutters quietly, "stupid ol' geezer must think I look like a Linux terrorist or something. Dang it, the BSA rep saw me talking to him. Oh jeez grampa don't look him in the eye, keep walking... Omygod he said hello. I'm screwed. I'm screwed." Clerk reaches into pocket. Cut shot: fire bursts from window of nearby apartment building. Shards of glass spray onlooker in sidewalk below.
Exit scene: Queue background music. Clerk pulls plastic knife and charges BSA rep while screaming. Sound is distorted. Clerk's eyes are wild with hate. Closing focus on clerk. Shock replaces hate as bullets tear gaping wounds in chest. Narrow focus on face. We see clerk mouth "freedom" in a sudden silence as face slides low left. Lose focus and blur. Background music swells. Roll credits.
<Note: see cutting room about moving copyright notice to top of credits>