Microsoft backtracks on Vista Internet Explorer 7 name

Software giant Microsoft bows to user pressure by keeping IE7 naming relatively simple

Microsoft'splans to rename the new version of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) featured in Windows Vista have been abandoned.

The software giant originally planned to call the browser IE7+ but has had to do an about turn due to underwhelming support for the name change.

"I had mentioned a while back that we planned to call the version of IE7 in Windows Vista 'Internet Explorer 7+.' Well, the feedback we got on the blog was overwhelming - many of you didn't like it," said Tony Chor, Microsoft's Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer on discussion forum IEBlog.

"So, as we've said on our website, we heard you. I'm pleased to announce that we're switching the name back to 'Internet Explorer 7'. No plus. No dot x. Just 'Internet Explorer 7.'"

Users have welcomed the change of heart and want more of the same. "MS [sic] admits they made a mistake, and fixes it before the final release! Welcome to the "listening to your customers era!" said one post on the IEBlog.

Microsoft responded to the inevitable sarcasm by vowing to listen and act on other suggestions.

"Hopefully you've seen from the blog and the product, we have been listening. We know there are tons of other things the community wants to see in IE; we'll get to do more of them in future releases," said Chor.

The u-turn will result in two official naming conventions depending on which operating system is being used: Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista. The generic terms Internet Explorer 7 will be reverted to for cross-platform features like the Phishing Filter.

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