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Microsoft Drops Name IE7+

Microsoft decides to stick with Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Vista, rather than add the plus sign.
Microsoft Corp. has dropped the name Internet Explorer 7+, which was to be the name of the Web browser in the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

After receiving "overwhelming" feedback -- much of it negative -- from people through its IE blog, Microsoft decided to stick with Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Vista, rather than add the "plus" sign for the latter.

"We're switching the name back to Internet Explorer 7," Tony Chor, group program manager for IE, said in the blog on Friday. "No plus. No dot x. Just Internet Explorer 7."

While it's unlikely the name would have made much difference in the use of IE in Vista, Microsoft was apparently showing some sensitivity to its users.

"We're glad we checked with you all before we shipped, so we didn't go out with an unpopular name," Chor said.

The consumer version of Windows Vista is scheduled to ship in January.

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