Update: Microsoft appoints a new IE evangelist

Here is some more information about the story that Slashdot first reported on over the weekend. Don't forget to send in your suggestions that are being taken for the release of IE.

Microsoft has boosted the prospects for some enhancements to Internet Explorer by appointing a new member to its product management team.

Some analysts believe the appointment means that the much-criticized browser will get a polish before the next major version of the Windows operating system, Longhorn, is released and IE's importance begins to fade. Dave Massy, a technical evangelist at Microsoft, worked on the early development of IE but moved to the Longhorn team a few years ago--at around the same time the company won the war against Netscape and appeared to lose interest in dramatically changing its browser. On Massy's Web log on Monday he said the move "isn't big news" but confirmed he would be working on providing the development team with requests from customers.

"At this stage there isn't much more to add other than to reiterate the point that the Internet Explorer team does exist and does care," Massy said. "I've really enjoyed working on Longhorn as a technical evangelist and remain very, very excited by the capabilities that Avalon and Longhorn will bring, but the time was right for me to return to work on a product team," he said. In June 2003, Microsoft announced it would not release any new version of IE as a stand-alone browser. Instead, the software giant said IE would be an integrated part of Longhorn.

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News source: C|Net News.com

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