Linux Pipeline | Microsoft eyes Firefox feature | IE 7 Tabs Will Be 'Basic,' Says Microsoft: "May 16, 2005
Internet Explorer 7 Team's Tab Plans: Keep It Simple
What's ready for the beta release won't be the whole enchilada, promises one Microsoft manager.
Courtesy of TechWeb News
Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team acknowledged Monday that it was a mistake not to build tabs into IE earlier. But the team's not rushing into updating: the tab feature in the next version of the popular browser will on the 'basic' side.
'The Tabbed browsing experience in the upcoming IE7 beta is pretty basic,' wrote Dean Hachamovitch, IE's product manager, in a post to the team's blog. 'Expect additional end-user functionality to come in after the beta,' he went on.
IE 7, which Microsoft has said will go into beta this summer and release significantly before Longhorn, with which it was once tied, is a reaction to the growth of Mozilla's Firefox, analysts have said. Firefox, as well as other alternate browsers, such as Opera Software's Opera, already offer tabs to view multiple Web sites within a single window."