Gates: Next IE to be IE8

In utterly unsurprising move, Microsoft chairman confirms name for next version of browser, though neither he nor the company will say anything about product's timing or features.

Bill Gates confirmed that Microsoft will call its next browser Internet Explorer 8, though Microsoft isn't sharing much else, such as the obvious questions: When will it arrive and what features will it have?

The confirmation came during his speech at the "Mix and Mash" conference taking place this week in Redmond, Wash. In a posting on the IE blog, Microsoft general manager Dean Hachamovitch jokes about some of the names Microsoft ruled out, such as "IE 7+1" and "IEVIII."

But, seriously, folks don't care about the name. They care about features and timing. Hachamovitch pleads for more time.

"You will hear a lot more from us soon on this blog and in other places," he said. "In the meantime, please don't mistake silence for inaction."

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