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• February 15, 2005 •

Microsoft Announces Successor to Aging Internet Explorer 6 Browser

Internet Explorer 7 Despite having previously announced that no new version of Internet Explorer would be released prior to the release of Microsoft's next Windows Operating System (Longhorn), Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates announced today that Microsoft will release a new version of Internet Explorer before Longhorn.

In his Keynote speech at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Bill Gates said: "Internet Explorer 7.0 will add new levels of security to Windows XP SP2 while maintaining the level of extensibility and compatibility that customers have come to expect. Internet Explorer 7.0 will also provide even stronger defenses against phishing, malicious software and spyware."

According to Gates we will see a beta release of Internet Explorer 7 this summer.

No release date have been made public, nor have much asked for features such as tabbed-browsing been announced (although tabs are widely expected to be included). It is also unclear if Internet Explorer 7 will be made available for Windows 2000.

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