Ups, there wont be IE7 at all…

from Mozillazine.org
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“Over the last few days, several people have written in with the news that there will be no further standalone versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Future enhancements to the browser will only be delivered in the form of operating system upgrades. The news was confirmed by Internet Explorer Program Manager Brian Countryman in a May 7th online chat discussing the changes made to Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003. He said: “As part of the OS, IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation… Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1. Further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS.” The next consumer version of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, is due in 2005.
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So does this mean that MS is starting finally closing windows into one big packet. It seems that MS has moved their focus from 3 party developers to managers and end users by providing out of the box packet.
There wont be Internet based wysiwyg enviroment on IE if you want to post publish article on the net buy new windows and office with frontpage.
If I would be 3 party developer I would be worried… Hey wait a minute I’am 3 party developer… damn…