Microsoft Still Won't Offer IE For Mac

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A summit of developers for the industry's leading web browsers revealed that the eighth version of Microsoft Internet explorer is due to get a beta release within two weeks, but only for PC users.

Most of the revelations surrounded Microsoft's upcoming update to Internet Explorer. The good publicity comes in wake of a massive security breach in IE that spurred most online pundits to recommend that users jump ship in favor of Mozilla's ever-expanding Firefox browser.

Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch confirmed the release of an early, or "release candidate," version of IE is due soon, though Microsoft will continue its policy of shutting out competitors — Mac and Linux users still won't get an updated version. Google, by contrast, promised the release of a Mac version of its Chrome web browser "very soon."

The summit included representatives from Opera, Mozilla and Google. No one representing Apple and its Safari browser appeared, although the representatives agree that Safari is an important mobile browser. Opera, for its part, has had success marketing a mobile version of its web browser, although its desktop version still commands a negligible share of the market.

But even though Mozilla's Firefox web browser remains popular among adult webmasters for its speed, ease of use and commitment to keeping up with the latest developments in web programming, Microsoft IE 8 led the charge into adult with the addition of a so-called "porn mode." Mozilla soon followed suit.

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