In a recent interview, Internet Explorer program manager Brian Countryman stated that “As part of the OS (operating system), IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation”. This is said to be due primarily to security issues, as Countryman also stated that “further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS”. While some believe that this move was made purely to ensure that Microsoft hold as much market share as possible, as Windows users will be required to use Internet Explorer and vice versa, in recent times, competition comes a distant second to the security of our valuable data.
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