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.