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."

#50 And good riddance to UNIX IE...

by rkl

Wednesday June 4th, 2003 2:53 PM

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I used HP-UX IE 5 and it wasn't a pleasant experience - slow to start up (though Mozilla on HP-UX is equally guilty of that) and the worst thing was the Java - it ran applets in a separate window, which was utterly useless.

It was written using a kludgy Windows <-> UNIX compatibility library, which even went as far as emulating the registry. A horrible port and the reason why I always laughed at people who said "if only we could have IE on Linux" - you'd end up with a dreadful port like the Solaris and HP-UX versions were (and anyway, you can run IE 6 SP1 via Wine if you really, really must - though like most Win apps under Wine, you have to have a Windows partition available with IE installed on that already).