A Windows hobbyist Web site says Internet Explorer 7 may arrive as early as next week. Microsoft is mum.
The beta of Internet Explorer 7 may show up as early as next week, if reports by a Windows enthusiast Web site are on the mark.
The fact that Longhorn, or Vista, will include its own version of Internet Explorer 7 has fueled talk that the long-awaited beta of IE 7 for Windows XP SP2 -- the only other platform scheduled to receive the security and feature update -- will appear at the same time.
According to the few details that Microsoft has publicly released, IE 7 will feature tabs -- a tool that rival Firefox has had since its inception -- run only on Windows XP SP2 (and not, for instance, on the still-in-use Windows 2000), support RSS, and layer on additional security.
Microsoft has promised IE 7 will ship in final form by the end of 2005.