In een poging om de MSN portal uit te breiden en de concurrentie richting AOL op te voeren zal Microsoft morgen een nieuwe versie van Internet Explorer aankondigen. De brower zal MSN Explorer gaan heten en Hotmail, MSN Messenger en de Windows Media streaming media client ge´ntegreerd krijgen. Hieronder wat info afkomstig uit dit bericht van ZDNet:
Among the key improvements in MSN Explorer is the ability to customize functions so that, for example, a user who doesn't care for sports news can replace that icon with one that links to an entertainment page, Sanford said.
It is also easier on Web novices. For example, if someone tries to type an e-mail address in the Web browser instead of opening an e-mail program (something Sanford said new users frequently do), the browser will realize that the user is trying to write a message and will launch the e-mail program for them.
"If that's the way people want to do it, we should make it work," Sanford said.
The software also softens the utilitarian feel of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser, using pastel colors and cartoonish icons. It also boasts a built-in media player so users can continue to surf the Web or work online while watching a video news clip or listening to a song. [break]Volgens The Register zal MSN Explorer zelf een tekstverwerker ge´ntegreed krijgen! Hieronder wat quotes:[/break]In among the pre-launch spin supporting MSN Explorer, Microsoft consumer business chief Rick Belluzo has lobbed-in a highly significant signpost. Future version of the MSN client, he told the WSJ (which seems not to have grasped the import of the blurt) will include a word processor.
We've moved on quite a bit from the point earlier this year when MSN execs were - hoplessly implausibly - telling people they didn't yet know how MSN fitted into the .NET strategy. Belluzo is now saying that MSN illustrates the principles of .NET, and that it's moving towards "delivering a near-complete computing experience" (the WSJ's phrasing). It's in that context that the lack of a word processor, and the consequent need to add one, arises.
The need for a word processor, and a few other bits and pieces of client application software, is of course apparent when you think about the direction MSN is going in. Microsoft devices like the Web Companion, which is now being built by Compaq, are intended to make Internet access a simple and enjoyable experience (hey, don't shout at us, we're only reporting), so they're going to have to do all of the simple, Webby, emaily and writey things that the target newbie/dummy market wants to do, easily, from one place.
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