Microsoft has showed attendees at the TechEd show pre-beta build of Internet Explorer 5.0, the next-generation browser it hopes to ship by the end of the year.
A developers' release of Internet Explorer 5.0 is expected by the end of this month, and a full beta will be available sometime in the next several weeks, Microsoft officials said. That is roughly the time that the company plans to ship the second beta of Windows NT 5.0, and the company hopes to include the Explorer beta with it.
The pre-beta build of Internet Explorer 5.0 drew crowds on the TechEd show exhibition floor.
"It looks just like IE 4.0, and that's good, because as someone who's working with it, not just browsing the Web, I want that consistency," one developer said after watching a demo.
Internet Explorer 5.0 will be a more modular version of the browser, which Microsoft hopes will be a selling point to corporations worried about the size of the application on machines. IT managers will be able to download various configurations of Explorer onto local machines, Microsoft officials said.
The browser also will include enhance Dynamic HTML support and new customisation features.
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