Internet Explorer 7 Released By Yahoo?
Yahoo has posted the finalized version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and made the software available for download today. As of yet, Microsoft has not officially released the web browser to the public.
So let me see if I understand this correctly.
Perhaps the term “miscommunication” would be a bit too obvious.
Admittedly, Microsoft had hyped the new browser’s customization options, citing Yahoo’s added features as a primary example. I guess they liked Yahoo’s work so much they decided to let them release the software to the masses.
Incidentally, Yahoo’s version of the browser comes pre-packed with the Yahoo toolbar, a number of its sites listed as favorites, and Yahoo set as the default search engine.
Last week, Microsoft announced plans to roll out the new software in automatic updates slated to take place in the coming weeks. Apparently, Yahoo’s trigger finger got a little itchy.
Users can, however, install IE7 without the Yahoo features according to an anonymous blogger:
According to the CNET report, a Microsoft representative declined to comment on the release of its new browser by Yahoo.
I eagerly wait Steve Ballmer’s take on all this. Perhaps he’ll throw around some more chairs, or even a credenza this time.
If I were Google CEO Eric Schmidt, I would be grinning from ear to ear right about now.