Internet Explorer 4.0 should be available for two more platforms -- Windows 3.1 and Windows NT 3.51 -- by the time you read this.
The packages, which are available for download from the company's Web site, also will include versions of the Outlook Express e-mail client.
To allow IT managers to deploy and administer the browser throughout the enterprise, Microsoft has also promised an Internet Explorer Administration Kit for Windows 3.1 within two months.
With the release of Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1 -- which still is on millions of desktops, despite the 32-bit Windows 95's release two-and-a-half years ago -- Microsoft has notched another platform with the browser that it hopes to ride past Netscape Navigator in the battle for browser market share.
Earlier this month, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4.0 for the Macintosh platform. A beta of Internet Explorer 4.0 for the Sun Solaris OS is in the test stage, with delivery promised by the end of March. After that, Microsoft plans to release versions for other flavors of Unix, including HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Irix.
Internet Explorer 4.01 for Windows 3.1 includes most of the same features as the 32-bit version of the browser, including Active Desktop, support for push technology and Dynamic HTML, and Security Zones.
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