IE7 separates from Longhorn
Today there was an announcement from Bill Gates that the next version of Internet Explorer would not wait for the release of Longhorn. For me, this was kind of unexpected, judging from the previous Microsoft stand. Perhaps the sound of the Firefox download avalanche reached even the soundproof mansions at Redmond?
In a way, I find it interesting that IE 7 will pop up (sorry, I just had to) in the near future. However, I fear that the development focus will be on bluntly copying the most popular features of Firefox. In short, that means tabbed browsing, custom extensions and improved security. Surely we will see some unnecessary UI graphics as well.
But what about web standards? The biggest issue with IE today for web developers is the lack of standards support, resulting in quite a lot of headache when it comes to the actual cross-browser implementation of site designs.