IE Struggles to Be Compatible

There's a new browser war brewing, and it's not between Microsoft and Mozilla. Internet Explorer is in a state of conflict with itself and Web standards. The conflict will expand next month, when Microsoft sends enterprises an Internet Explorer 7 Valentine. On February 12, IE 7 will dispatch through WSUS (Windows Server Update Services). The days of enterprises blocking the browser will end.

Desktops running Windows XP and IE 6 will get the update. Those running Windows Vista already have it. IE 7 is notorious for breaking applications and some Web sites, and the reasons for both calamities are somewhat different. Security architectural changes, mainly around ActiveX controls, are the compatibility killer for many homegrown applications and for some Web sites. Microsoft's efforts to make Internet Explorer a standards-based browser has caused Web site compatibility problems.

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