While growth is slowing at most top Internet sites, it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking, blogging and local information.
The MapQuest Navigator will be marketed as a cheaper alternative to navigation systems built into cars.
The IE update, which results from a patent of Eolas Technologies, changes the way the browser handles ActiveX controls and could have a significant impact on how online advertising and streaming media content is delivered over the Internet.
The software maker plans to give Web developers an extra 60 days to continue making preparations.
Apple's former head of the company's software business, Avadis "Avie" Tevanian, is leaving after nearly a decade to pursue other interests, the company said on Tuesday.
Microsoft has released a new beta of Internet Explorer 7 during the MIX06-conference.
The company's inattention to the browser allowed competitors such as Mozilla with Firefox and Opera Software ASA to challenge IE’s browser dominance.
Now Microsoft is answering that challenge, Gates said. The company is adding user experience and security innovations, as well as support for next-generation technologies such as RSS. Microsoft already is looking ahead to the next two releases of IE, and it expects the next version, IE 7, to be broadly adopted when it is released later this year. The company plans to update IE 7 at least every 18 months.