IE 6 Tapped For Tabs|
While users wait for Microsoft to push Internet Explorer 7 into beta -- and finally add tabs to match Firefox -- the Redmond, Wash.-based developer late Wednesday updated its MSN Search Toolbar with pseudo tabs for IE 6, the current version of Microsoft's popular browser.
The tabs, however, are implemented by the toolbar, and not by the browser itself, unlike the tabs in Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, and Opera. Hiding the Search Toolbar, for instance, disables tabbed browsing in IE 6.
Multiple tabs can be bundled together in what Microsoft calls -- surprise -- My Tabs, then opened with a single click. Unlike Firefox's similar feature, however, My Tabs is limited to one tab collection.
Tabs aren't new to the Toolbar: prior to its first preview in December 2004, it included tab functionality, but the feature was pulled at the last minute.
MSN Search Toolbar is part of a three-toolbar suite that also includes a search tool for Microsoft's Outlook e-mail client and another for searching local files from the desktop.
The updated software -- officially named "MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search" -- can be downloaded and installed from the MSN Web site. It requires IE 5.01 or later.
Coffee Shop Takes Weekend Wi-Fi Break|
Judging from the website of Victrola Coffee and Art in Seattle, the cafe is tired of the attention it got when it pulled the plug on free Wi-Fi on weekends.
Microsoft Targets 'New World Of Work'
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Broadcom IPTV Box Enables First Live Broadcast of HDTV Over DSL
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RFID Helps Stop Power Tools From 'Walking Off' Job Sites
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Microsoft Talks About Music Subscriptions, Rivals' Stocks Yo-Yo
News Friday that Microsoft was thinking about entering the music subscription business pushed down rival companies' stock prices, a trend that reversed Monday.
"Puddle Phishing" Hits Small Banks, Credit Unions
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Phishing, Pharming, And Spyware Targeting Federal Agencies
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Nokia Unveils Seven New Mobile Phones
Nokia Corp. on Monday unveiled seven cellular phones, with the more expensive models offering built-in still and video cameras and digital music players.
Sirius Satellite Radio Plans Network-Capacity Boost
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. on Monday said it has developed bandwidth-boosting technology that will enable it to offer additional data and video services next year.
Success Of Online Brokerages Hinges On Customer Service
Competitive pressures are spurring online brokerage firms to focus on their customer-service efforts as they fight to attract and retain customers, according to two studies released Monday by Keynote Systems Inc., an Internet performance-measurement firm.