A public beta version of Communicator 4.0 for Windows NT and 95 is available from Netscape's Web site at http://home.netscape.com/. Netscape has added an advanced searching function to the beta version.
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced this week a version of its Internet Mail and News client that supports the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. The client is part of Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 for Windows 95 and Windows NT. See http://www.microsoft.com/ie/ Microsoft has also released a beta version of Script Debugger for Internet Explorer and Version 1.1 of the OLE DB Software Development Kit for accessing multiple data types from within applications.
Microsoft has announced partnerships with Internet white page vendors Four11 Corp., BigFoot, Partners LP, WhoWhere Inc., and Banyan Systems. Internet Mail and News links to BigFoot and Four11 are built into the mail client. Links to WhoWhere will be available this week or next, and links to Banyan Systems' Switchboard will be available early next year.
Amid the clamour over Apple's purchase of Next, the QuickTime team has delivered a software MPEG beta plug-in. It's available for PowerMacs already running QuickTime 2.5 from http://quicktime.apple.com/sw/plugin_beta.html but it expires on February 1.
The World Wide Web Consortium has released a recommendation for approval of the Cascading Style Sheets level 1(CSS1) specification. CSS1 allows for more options in design and layout - such as overlays, font controls, and margins - not possible with standard HTML. CSS1 also allows Webmasters to set a specific template for all pages on a site, even those dynamically generated.
Sony will unveil one of the first digital video disc (DVD) players at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on Jan. 8, according to an industry source.
Intel has confirmed a Jan 8 introduction in San Francisco of its Pentium Processor with MMX technology.
3Com reports its net income rose more than 500% in the fiscal second quarter ended Nov 10.
Data General will offer Informix's OnLine Extended Parallel Server on its DG-UX Clusters. Action Technologies' motion for a summary judgment against Novell for patent infringement in GroupWise has been granted by the Northern California U.S. District Court.
WebManage Technologies has announced a free beta version update to its NetIntellect Web server log-analysis tool.