Microsoft has dropped plans to include Smart Tags in Windows XP after realising that the technology would not be ready in time for the operating system's 25 October launch.
Smart Tags had appeared in the most recent beta test versions of XP, but it appears that beta testers have given the feature the thumbs down for now. A Microsoft spokesman told US media that, following external feedback, the company concluded that "at this time we just don't believe it's going to be ready in time for October".
The spokesman added that Smart Tags could be included in later versions, and that they would remain a feature of Office XP.
Yesterday, vnunet.com reader Nigel Duncan reported that Smart Tags could not handle apostrophes when transferred from Outlook to Word.
Critics have said that Smart Tags give Microsoft greater control of users' internet browsing, as the feature allows the software giant to add hyperlinks to its own websites on relevant words.
The detractors claim that it could strengthen Microsoft's ability to tie operating systems and software to websites it owns, or for it to sell links to others.
Geoengineering on the sea floor near glaciers would form a new ice shelf to prevent melting
Alterations in capillary blood flow can be caused by body position change
Curiosity rover is in 'normal mode' but not transmitting scientific data back to base
NatWest outage comes a day after Barclays' IT systems shut out customers and staff