Feeds

IE 6 to launch on 15 August

P3P in, Smart Tags out - WinXP to shake it all about

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Internet Explorer 6 is due to go gold next week and will be released on August 15 as a standalone program, according to software development sites.

BetaNews reports that Microsoft has sent an email to beta testers thanking them for their support and suggesting, barring last minute hiccups, that build 2530.1 of IE6 will go gold next week.

The main features added to IE 6 include automatic picture resizing, integrated media playback and support for the personal privacy standard, P3P (the Platform for Privacy Preferences), which (among other things) blocks third party cookies. The search function in the browser has gone through a revamp and there's improved support for CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and SMIL 2.0, which is useful for interactive media presentations.

As notable as what's included with the browser is the omission of Smart Tags, which turn words on Web sites into links pointed towards more detailed information. These destinations turned to be biased towards Microsoft sites in early betas of the product and, amid heavy criticism, the feature has been shelved.

Poor feedback from beta testers resulted in Microsoft deciding to abandon the much-vaunted Personal Bar and Contacts features from the finished version of Internet Explorer 6.

Internet Explorer 6 will be included in all flavours of Microsoft's operating system. It will also come with PCs shipped with Windows XP from October 25. ®

External Links

BetaNews: Internet Explorer 6 in Final Stretches

Related Stories

MS surrenders! IE not integrated with WinXP after all
Microsoft attaches strings to XP desktop real estate giveaway
Web sites! Banish those WinXP, IE6 smart tag blues!
Gates talks big on small IE6 cookie move
Get Real: MS reprises browser tactics with AOL bundle

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden
If it ain't Microsoft, it's in fashion behind the Great Firewall
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.