Feeds

IE 6 to launch on 15 August

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

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

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

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.