The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > In Search of a Browser That Banishes Clutter ""If, say, in the next six months or thereabouts Microsoft is able to update I.E. with just a couple of features - tabbed browsing or a couple of other things that people have come to expect from some of these other platforms, I really think they could in large part stem the tide," said Stephen O'Grady, a senior analyst with the technology analysis firm RedMonk.
Microsoft appears to have heard, and heeded, such predictions. Their Windows XP Service Pack 2, which was released to computer makers last week and will soon be more widely available to XP users, includes an improved version of Internet Explorer that blocks pop-ups, stymies spyware and addresses recent security concerns, said Gary Schare, Microsoft's director of security product management for Windows. He added that other features - like tabbed browsing and Google toolbars - are widely available for downloading and that the company's next operating system, Longhorn, will "have all kinds of features that people would love to see in a browser." Longhorn will be available for testing next year."
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