“One of the most interesting feature that didn’t quite make it into the final release of Firefox 3 is ‘Private Browsing,’ a.k.a. porn mode. The only other browser with this feature built-in today is Safari (another reason to try it in case you haven’t), however, Microsoft may also be building a similar feature into Internet Explorer 8 if two trademark filings are any indications,” Long Zheng reports for istartedsomething.
MacDailyNews Note: Version 2.0 of Safari, released on April 29, 2005, first offered “Private Browsing.”
Zheng continues: On July 30th, Microsoft filed two trademarks for:
IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: computer programs for accessing and using the Internet and the world wide web; and computer programs for deleting search history after accessing websites.
IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: computer programs for accessing and using the Internet and the world wide web; computer programs for disabling the history and file caching features of a web browser; and computer software for notifying a user of a web browser when others are tracking web use and for controlling the information others can access about such use.
Zheng speculates that Microsoft may be rolling out “Private Browsing” in Internet Explorer 8 here.
MacDailyNews Note: In what’s sure to be thrilling news for tech illiterate Web surfers the world over, according to various reports, Internet Explorer 8 is supposedly due this November. Better than usual, Microsoft: you’re only three years and seven months behind Apple on this one.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Price Check” for the IE 8 release date info.]