Microsoft’s Media Toolbar for Internet Explorer 5.0 (IE 5.0) was pulled by Microsoft out of respect for its media partners.

Irving Kwong, Microsoft’s Macintosh product manager, said: "We want to preserve the rights of digital media content providers and we were not able to complete partnership agreements ensuring owners rights in time for this release. We were not required in any way legally not to ship the feature, we chose not to in respect to our partners."

The Media Toolbar was to be distributed as part of Microsoft’s IE 5.0, and was going to make accessing and viewing streaming media content over the Web "as easy as turning on the radio".

Kwong also stated that Microsoft: "Didn't want to hold back this release and all the benefits of IE 5.0 while getting the partnership agreements finalized."