Oh no!

Q: when / will there be the next version of IE?
A: As part of the OS, IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation.
Brian Countryman: Microsoft TechChat (about halfway down)

One of the banes of my existence is that people never upgrade IE. From past experience, and the fact that a good portion of the surfing audience is still running Windows 95, I hope IE 6 SP1 is a perfect browser, because it’s the last one people will ever use. People don’t upgrade their OS as long as it still works. People don’t upgrade their browser unless they’re geeks (like me) or forced, usually when they buy new computers.

Happy freakin’ Friday.

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