Microsoft Squeezes Out A Few More Details Of IE 7

In mid-February, chairman Bill Gates promised a new version of IE before Longhorn ships, and said the new browser -- which will concentrate on delivering additional security against such threats as phishing -- would roll into beta this summer. At that time, only Windows XP SP2 was mentioned as a supported OS.

According to the posting on the blog, IE 7 will also work on the 64-bit edition of XP (with the long title of "Windows XP Professional x64 Edition") and the upcoming Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

About Windows 2000 support, Microsoft hasn't budged from its previous position. "We have heard the requests for support of Windows 2000, but have nothing to announce at this time."

On a related subject, the blog also made clear that a new version of Outlook Express, Microsoft's for-free basic e-mail client, would not appear with IE7. "There are no plans to ship the new version of Outlook Express before the next release of Windows," stated the blog.

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The next edition of Windows will be Longhorn, which isn't expected until 2006 at the earliest.