CNET: Reversal: Next IE update divorced from Windows
Isn't healthy competition a wonderful thing?

Reversing a longstanding Microsoft policy, Bill Gates said Tuesday that the company will ship an update to its browser separately from the next major version of Windows.

A beta, or test, version of Internet Explorer 7 will debut this summer, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect said in a keynote address at the RSA Conference 2005 here. The company had said that it would not ship a new IE version before the next major update to Windows, code-named Longhorn, arrives next year.


Analysts attributed Microsoft's change of heart to the progress of the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser, which has made incremental but steady market share gains against IE in recent months. In a survey conducted late last year, Firefox nudged IE below the 90 percent mark for the first time since the height of the browser wars in the 1990s.

Nothing is better for advancing the human race than a little open competition. It will be interesting to see what MicroSloth does with this opportunity. If done right, it could stop Firefox's gains dead in their tracks, but if done wrong, it might hasten the defection.

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