Download manager will be in Longhorn for sure, I already used it there
And I thought I've seen a cookie manager in there as well
It doesn't have Bit Torrent support.
There will not be a new version of IE per MSFT.
Meaning that you will not be able to get new functionality in IE unless you upgrade to new version of Windows. Think of versioning like "IE from Windows 2005" or "IE from Windows 2007" etc.
I hope dump that idea
In the light of Avalon it's hard to see where this will end up though.
I am referring to the version in Longhorn.
Not exactly true about them linking new IE functionality with a OS upgrade (but close lol). In addition to lots of security updated the upcoming XP2 for Windows XP is getting some new funtionality including popup blocker and I believe some addin management
among other things... not earth shattering but the pup blocker will be nice (although my google toolbar does a good enough job). Hopefully this will be a trend at least with the continueing delays of longhorn (which was a while out anyway).
That is why I didn't mention popup blocking or addon management.
This is really a serious issue, especially with standards support. I talked to an MS developer a year ago asking when IE would support common internet standards, and he blew me off by asking "If you had to commit 10 developers to adding standards support
or making flashy powerpoint transitions for web paged, of course you'd choose the cool powerpoint transitions. That's all users care about." And that's an attitude that I find absolutely reprehensible. If I want to make a modern, accessible site today, IE
is my roadblock. I want to use transparent PNGs? No go. I want to float an element? IE doubles the padding values for no reason. And on and on. The biggest use for home computers now is to surf the internet, and most people use IE. Microsoft owes its users
to keep IE upgraded, since it's probably the most popular MS application ever.
That developer should be fired...
This makes me wonder if everything Microsoft and its employees have ever said about innovation is a lie.