I was reading web blogs regarding rumors about upcoming IE7. There wasn’t much info about it but this is what I found so far.
Yes, it seems that there will be IE7 after all. Microsoft says that a new version of Internet Explorer will appear with the next version of Windows in 2005. That will be a last version of Internet Explorer. :( MSN explorer is planned to take over when the IE line ends. I have never liked MSN Explorer it’s somehow too much integrated. I feel I don?t have a control on web pages when surfing in MSN Explorer.
IE 7 will be IE.NET, Microsoft accepted that integrating IE into the shell was a bad idea from a security perspective so they are diversifying IE from the shell and making a new browser.
There will be a spell checker for forms and for people who have office 11 there will be a thesauruses both will work the same way is the right click menu that already exists in MS word(red underline etc)
Popups. There will be no popup stopper (surprise!) but there will be limits on what popups can do like no full screen and multiple popups.
Tabs there are likely to be some sort of tab UI but it is likely to be different to the in Mozilla and Opera.
However, all these features don’t really impress me a lot. I wonder where they are going with their browser, it really seems that there is no match to Mozilla even they would release browser today.