Imagine that you’re the product manager in charge of the next version of Internet Explorer, the beta of which is due this summer. You’re the God of IE, in charge of the whole shebang, and so you get to decide what to add, what to improve, and what to kill.
What would you do?
I have a short list of what I’d like to see done to IE:
- Add tabbed browsing, so that you can visit many sites simultaneously. Why Microsoft hasn’t done this yet is one of computing’s great mysteries.
- Untangle IE from the operating system. Having the two tied together means that an attack on IE is an attack on your entire computer. So separate them.
- Kill ActiveX. It’s flat-out too insecure.
- Include anti-phishing tools. IE should be able to warn you away from spoof sites. Microsoft says this feature is on its list. That’s good news, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
- Build anti-spyware features into the browser. Despite some flaws, the beta of Microsoft Antispyware is one of the best anti-spyware tools available. But a good deal of spyware gets installed straight from the web, so those tools should be built into the browser as well.
There’s more I’d like to see as well, but that’s top of my list. How about you, though? If you were the God of IE, what would you do to the browser?
If you were in charge of Internet Explorer, how would you change it?