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Microsoft Releases IE 4.0 for Macs

Microsoft Corp. released today at MacWorld Expo in San Francisco Internet Explorer 4.0 and Outlook Express for Macintosh.

In addition, Microsoft introduced its Office 98 Macintosh Edition, which incorporates new Mac OS 8 visuals and support for Apple technologies such as drag-and-drop functionality and QuickTime VR.

IE 4.0 for Mac features Microsoft's Active Channels and support for Dynamic HTML, thus enabling Macintosh users to develop Active Channel content. A Macintosh-specific Channel is being offered to assist Mac developers. Additional content providers such as Aladdin Systems Inc., MacAddict, MacHome Interactive, MacWEEK, and MacWorld also offer channels of interest to the Mac user community.

Microsoft reports the IE 4.0 for Macs offers better offline support, which will allow users to download Web content for viewing while offline, and provides Java support for all Macintosh platforms, which includes support for multiple virtual machines and JDK 1.1.4 on 68K and PowerPC systems.

"In the last quarter we've started a new direction for Apple on the Web--with the addition of The Apple Store and with improvements across our Web site," said Dan Marusich, group manager of electronic communications at Apple Computer Inc.

"Now our challenge is to improve the experience and give our Web customers more flexibility with new features like subscriptions to the Apple Channel. We're thrilled to add breakthrough technologies such as CDF and Dynamic HTML to give our audience more focused and dynamic content."

Microsoft also announced its e-mail client and news reader, Outlook Express, is now available for the Macintosh platform. Included with IE 4.0 for Macintosh, Outlook Express is also available with Office 98 for Macintosh and as a standalone e-mail client.

The Macintosh browser will be offered in 10 languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish.

Both IE 4.0 and Outlook Express for the Macintosh are available now for download.

Office 98 Macintosh Edition is scheduled for wide release in March 1998 for use on any PowerPC, Mac OS-compatible systems and Mac OS Systems 7.5 or later. For pricing and additional information on Office 98 for Macs, visit Microsoft's Web site.