Pete LePage, Product Manager of WebTools in IE. His job is to make sure the web developers have a good tool to use.
He's got three slides, then the "Beat Up Pete" session where we get to ask questions. First one up I hope - When do IE drop it's own engine and start implementing on top of Gecko?
They've got 500 million IE users worldwide and they're worried about changes affecting them. ie.Next is the tool - IE8 or whatever comes next. They are starting to plan it now.
Things people want to see in the next IE:
- improved support for media formats (vorbis, etc.)
- Cavnas object
- Extensions that are easier to work with (think XPI)
- Inline search/search-as-you-type
Gecko might not be the answer, but having a third-party rendering engine that can be used by anyone without licensing/IP concerns would be extremely useful to developers.