IE7 will be perhaps sooner than some thought!
Just got this from Microsoft:
"Microsoft will release the final version of Internet Explorer 7
(English) in October 2006. Internet Explorer 7 (IE7 ) provides
significant enhancements in security, platform management, and
usability. Microsoft recommends that all genuine Windows customers
install this upgrade.
Shortly after it is released, Microsoft will distribute IE7 as a
high-priority update through Automatic Updates to help consumers become
more secure and up-to-date. However, to ensure that customers are
prepared to upgrade, IE7 will not install without user consent.
Microsoft recognizes that, as part of a managed deployment plan, some
organizations may wish to block users from receiving IE7 through
Automatic Updates and is providing an IE7 Blocker Toolkit.
IE7 runs on Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional x64
Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This announcement provides
an overview of Microsoft resources and recommended actions that IT
administrators should take to ensure their company's Web sites are ready
for IE7 and that their browser-based applications will continue to work
seamlessly with IE7."
Thomas P. Carter, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1322