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BrowserWatch: Microsoft to Scrap Smart Tags

Jun 28, 2001, 18:35 (26 Talkback[s])

After a public outcry, Microsoft backs away from a controversial plan to insert live hyperlinks on Web pages managed by Microsoft Internet Explorer -- without the knowledge or participation of the Web page's designer.

"Following weeks of outraged criticism, Microsoft Corp. Thursday backed away from plans to include the Smart Tags feature in Windows XP's Internet Explorer 6."

"The Smart Tags feature would allow IE 6 to turn any word on a Web site into a link at Microsoft's discretion. That link, without the Web site author's knowledge or consent, could lead to a Microsoft site or, conceivably, the site of a Microsoft partner or even an advertiser."

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