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Security & Standards: MOTVS OPERANDI MSIE VII

19-Mar-05 06:51 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s so rare one gets to use Latin while writing about technology….

But the end-user’s eyes might as readily glaze over when looking at the new list of features embedded in the new edition of Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) – newly minted at version 7.0 – this summer.

That isn’t to say there isn’t reason for interest in some groups.  Programmers like myself are always interested changes to the platforms we use (like browsers), of course; the ability to do new things and to keep abreast of new technology developments, but Microsoft’s releases to the press (aimed indirectly at the general public) are awash with comments on new security features.  It used to be a really sexy topic, security.  But Microsoft’s attention to addressing the stigma of it being a producer of insecure software has died down quite a bit – replaced by more the more traditional griping about the its reportedly buggy software.  And better awareness of the general public coupled with a degree of news saturation about the whole issue of security on the net generally has apparently bled away a lot of interest.

So what’s interesting about IE7?

  • Architecturally-speaking, it’s interesting that Microsoft has again decided to release IE7 ahead of the next version of Windows (codenamed "Longhorn") which has repeatedly had its own ship date pushed back a number of times now.
  • IE7 will be the first major release of the browser since anti-trust lawsuits forced the vendor to unbundle it from Windows.  According to CNet’s News.com, it was still planning on a packaged shipment as late as August 2004.
  • Perhaps most significantly of all for developers, there’s supposed to be full support for Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) 2.0 technology; a feature already bundled with other browsers like Mozilla Firefox (which has recently been threatening to take as much as a whopping 10% of the browser market share).  CSS is leveraged heavily by web developers to produce effects today on websites and enhancement will not only push the boundaries of what can be done still further, but offer potentially better control of website management allowing developers to get more done in less time.

Despite Microsoft’s traditional detractors, market competitors and technology bigots citing the recent news about IE7’s release as evidence of Firefox’s success in forcing Microsoft to beef up standards support and security, IE6 has been around for quite around now and apart from some minor "tabbing" and interface-related changes the end-user probably won’t notice much difference between the old and the new.  In fact, changes coming in IE7 might have been bundled in a service-pack for all the difference it’d have made to "Joe user".

But it’s not on the desktop yet, and perhaps a surprise or two awaits the coming of MSIE VII this summer.

  1. Christie
    19-Mar-05 07:13 pm EDT at 07:13 pm EDT

    weird … ur space is like an info site about technology … u can learn so much …


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