Posted Feb 15, 2005 in Browsers.
In a keynote address at this year's RSA conference, Bill Gates revealed plans for a new standalone version of Internet Explorer. It appears that the new release will mainly be focused on upgrading security features. The Internet Explorer weblog reveals more details:
...we're committing to deliver a new version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP customers. Betas of IE7 will be available this summer. This new release will build on the work we did in Windows XP SP2 and (among other things) go further to defend users from phishing as well as deceptive or malicious software.
Unfortunately, there is no mention of whether or not the new version will offer more support for web standards. Internet Explorer's handling of CSS and PNGs is in particular need of attention, but better support for XHTML would also be welcome. It seems likely, however, that changes will be limited to security and user interface features.