Hachamovitch: Please don't mistake silence for inaction

Dean Hachamovitch has posted an update on the IE Team Blog in reaction to Bill Gates mentioning IE8 at the Mix 'n Mash event on the Redmond campus yesterday. Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8.

So, yes, the version after IE7 is IE8. We looked at a lot of options for the product name. Among the names we considered and ruled out:

  • IE 7+1
  • IE VIII
  • IE 1000 (think binary)
  • IE Eight!
  • iIE
  • IE for Web 2.0 (Service Pack 2)
  • IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet (the marketing team really pushed for this one ;-)

Of course, some people care about other aspects of IE8 much more than they care about the name. As I've walked different people through the plan, I've gotten "Does it have feature X?" "When is the beta?" "When does it release" and even the more thoughtful "What are you trying to accomplish with this release?"

You will hear a lot more from us soon on this blog and in other places. In the meantime, please don't mistake silence for inaction.

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In all seriousness, IE8 needs to be leaps better than IE7 when it comes to interface customization. I downgraded back to IE6 so I can go the minimalist route with my toolbars. My wish list:

1) It'd be great if IE8 came with a Profile function, similar to Outlook Express' Identities tool, so people wanting separate IE settings can have them without having separate Windows user accounts. That'd be ideal if one user wanted to set Live Favorites as the browser's default Favorites tool, versus another user who prefers to store favorites locally. Plus, it'd keep auto complete/browsing/search history private.

2) Color chooser, a la Live Messenger.

3) A download manager -- other browsers has had them for years now.

4) A proper FTP manager, perhaps housed in an Explorer bar.

5) One-click download button on the image toolbar.

SkyyPunk said,
Because last time they didnt say that silence doesnt mean inaction :P

But they did do something, IE7, I have proof on my desktop :p

Maybe they are not doing anything now!

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I'll accept any of the above please.

All those other names sound really stupid. If those were their only ideas, then they need to hire a new marketing team.

they should go for "IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet" :P

Imagine the conversation between two comp geeks

Geek1: I use Opera, its great!
Geek2: Well, I disagree, I think *takes deep breath* IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet *takes one more breath* is better!

The Return of the Beginning of the Last Temptation of the Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer Live Massive Online Web 2.0 Download Renderer Ultimate Professional Edition SP2: Directors Cut....

...or maybe just IE8?

This is very old news. In the IE7 Beta Chats the IE7 Beta Team was talking about IE8 before IE7 went RTM.

The real Irony here is that "IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet" is the most creative, original and Unique name there, whereas "IE8" is completely unoriginal and boring! haha!

IE8 sounds great to me.. :-)


lol for IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet ;-)

How about just "Windows Internet Explorer," like it has been with IE7? I mean, why change the product name AGAIN? IE7 changed it from "Microsoft Internet Explorer" to "Windows Internet Explorer." Now they want to change it again? The name they currently use for IE7 fits since it is used to browse (explore) the Web as well as various networks.