Bill Gates wrote:We need to keep IE the best. We need to innovate in IE, do more add-ons, do improvements. We have some very exciting plans there. Some percentage of users are going to try Firefox and IE side by side, and use the one
So no big problem; it's not that people have stopped using IE, it's just we've got lots of good ideas that can match and move ahead."
I read it as Bill saying IE needs innovation and improvements to match and move ahead of Firefox.
Well, when you say "match", I hope you don't mean slavishly copy all the features of Firefox.
I also note he said "add-ons". They haven't really been done to the core of IE before, have they, so is this an indication that there will be a pre-Longhorn IE addon with all the new features?
I've said it before, but a treeview version of "tabbed browsing" would be great (as seen in that paid-for IE add-on). I also reckon you should buy Home Page Reader from IBM which is, as far as I can tell, just works like an add-on for IE and integrate it into
the core IE product. Accessibility is still not regarded high enough by browser makers or web page designers. Maybe having a default standard with HPR in IE would allow great steps forward to happen there.