Microsoft plans to push out Internet Explorer 7 as a 'high priority update' when it ships security patches tomorrow, according to Washingtonpost.com's Security Fix blog. That means anyone who has Windows configured to download and install patches automagically from Redmond will be greeted with IE7 next time they boot up their machines. In related news, it appears IE's worldwide market share actually increased a couple of points since July, despite a number of high profile zero-day attacks this year.
The article notes that the IE7 "containment wall" protected mode will not be available on XP, but only to those who purchase Vista.
A Microsoft spokesperson declined to say whether IE7 would be released tomorrow, saying only that it would be released sometime this month.
Update from the IEBlog team: "We wanted to give you guys one last chat session before we ship IE. So if you can, you should join us for the chat this Thursday, October 12th at 10.00AM PDT (5.00GMT) otherwise you can catch all the action in the transcript." - Hmm thats after patch tuesday! - Steven Parker