Archive of Past ArticlesMicrosoft IE 4.0 Rules...Your Desktop
By David Andrews, Forum Manager (1/9/98)
In its continuing quest for victory in the Browser War, Microsoft
has recently released Internet Explorer 4.0, their first implementation of the Active
Desktop and other integration into your Windows 95/NT operating system. I like the new
interface; it closely resembles the rest of the Microsoft product line, so users familiar
with the Office suite should find it very intuitive. IE 4.0 also appears to download pages
more efficiently and is fully multi-media enhanced, so for those cyber junkies who must
have the latest and greatestand even regular PC users who just want the best from
their web experienceget your browsers out and start downloading!
If you cant acquire it on
CD-ROM, IE 4 is a huge file to download, but Microsoft has made the process easier.
You first download a small installation
program with a file recovery feature allowing you to download all of IE in small pieces.
You dont have to spend endless hours hitting the "No I dont want to
disconnect" button and can just continue from where you left off. (This is a much
better way of downloading large programs; its about time someone implemented this.)
After downloading, you are offered the choice
of three different types of IE installs. You can install the browser only, choose a normal
install, or select a complete install that includes many other programs such as
NetMeeting, NetShow Player, Outlook Express, Real Player, Front Page Express, Microsoft
Chat, and the Web Publishing Wizard. If you are running on a slow system and have problems
with either speed or memory, do not install the full version since the resources it hogs
If you install only the browser or choose the
normal install, you will see little change in your desktop, but you will get a new browser
packed full of great stuff. If you go the route of the full installation, you will see a
drastic change in your new Active Desktop. This is basically your browser subscribing to
the new push technologies that deliver live, streaming contentlike news flashes and
stock tickersover the Internet. You will also notice that the Windows 95 interface
has changed slightly; this change foreshadows the upcoming release of Windows 98,
virtually identical to the look and feel of IE 4.
Be prepared for some problems if you install
the full version. It changes so much of the Windows 95 interface that Ive noticed a
problem with stability. This seems to fade after time though it does cause me some
concern. But if your system is not in a critical environment, I think the multi-media
enhancements are worth a few extra re-boots.
Internet Explorer now supports much of what
only Netscape Navigator could do. While certain HTML tags are still not supported between
the two browsers, you will find almost no pages where I.E. 4.0 will not work. There are a
few out there, undoubtedly made by some rebel refusing to be assimilated into the
Enjoy, and Ill catch you on the net.
explorer 4.0 ]
David Andrews is
an Applications Engineer and hardware addict with a background in software support.