Microsoft explores test drive on Macs

Microsoft has announced the availability of the Macintosh beta of Internet Explorer 3.0.

Microsoft has announced the availability of the Macintosh beta of Internet Explorer 3.0.

The Mac version of the browser requires 4Mb of memory and works on machines running on PowerPC-based microprocessors as well as machines based on older architectures, Microsoft officials say.

The browser beta is available free of charge at http://www.microsoft.com/ie/ and includes the following new features, officials say:

* HTML enhancements, including working with HTML 3.2, the latest version of HTML, which is the standard way of presenting data on the World Wide Web;

* Use of Java applets, by downloading the Apple MacOS Runtime for Java from Apple's Web site at http://devtools.apple.com/mrj/;

* QuickTime, QuickTime VR and AVI digital video formats, and AU, AIFF, MIDI and .WAV audio formats, which are designed to deliver transparent cross-platform playback;

* Internet Mail and News for the Macintosh, permitting Mac users to send and receive mail and participate in NNTP newsgroups;

* Personalisation features including links to a user's favourite Web site via the Quick Links toolbar, as well as toolbar resizing and moving.

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