I saw that on Paul's site. I don't know where he's getting his data from, because we haven't gone public about IE7 feature set.
It's not hard to be right or wrong about IE7 and tabbed browsing. It's a boolean - you have 50% chance of guessing correctly. Throw in all you know about what we say about listening to customers, and you have a better chance of guessing correctly.
Paul also some interesting screenshots that are purported to be Longhorn builds, as well as Office builds. Looks like somebody leaked a Powerpoint deck, because those don't like like real builds to me.
Thanks for joining the conversation Bruce, we were wondering where you had got to
I appreciate your keeping us informed.
EDIT: BTW, Netcaptor was first back in 1997 with a feature that would be recognizably called "tabbed browsing". Opera had regular MDI, as did a few others, but the UX was not a row of tabs at the top of the page.
Yeah I think that is generally accepted. FF never claimed to be the first to do it, just the best
(actually I prefer Safari's tabs with the close tab icon on the tab itself rather than the tab bar).
I am sure if IE does have tabs then those who don't like them will be able to turn them off like FF and Safari.