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Internet Explorer 7 to have tabbed browsing, at last

May 16, 2005

Internet Explorer (IE) has announced it will include tabbed browsing in IE 7, as speculated earlier.

IE is the last of the major browsers to add support for tabbed browsing, which was made popular by Opera.

In the announcement by Microsoft’s IE team they said the reason that there was no support for tabbed browsing was because they had some concerns around complexity and consistency… will it confuse users more than it benefits them? Is it confusing if IE has tabs, but other core parts of the Windows experience, like Windows Media Player or the shell, don’t have tabs?

Though, they do admit in making a wrong decision by not including this feature in earlier versions of IE.

This school of thought is apparently not accepted by everyone at Microsoft. In November Ben English, Microsoft Australia’s security spokesman, said that features such as tabbed browsing were not important to IE users.

Is this a sign of Microsoft finally feeling the heat from Opera and Firefox? We certainly hope so!

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  1. May 16, 2005 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t want to say bad thing about Opera. But with only 1% global usage share, it is hard to say that tabbed browsing “was made popular by Opera”. I’m not going to say who made it popular however, as time will tell.

  2. Anonymous
    May 16, 2005 at 1:22 pm

    Microsoft always sucks.

  3. Asa
    May 17, 2005 at 7:56 pm

    Yes, Microsoft is finally feeling the heat from Opera.

    – A

  4. Anonymous
    October 6, 2005 at 11:13 am

    I dont think it will confuse users as much as they think it will. People catch on quick.

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