Microsoft has finally updated their Web site to include the Internet Explorer 4.0 PPR 1 distribution files. Users are now able to download the Standard, Enhanced, and Full versions of the new browser, as well as choose between browser-only and shell-integration modes. Microsoft has also created an IE 4.0 Desktop Component Gallery that contains small Java applets and ActiveX controls you can place on your Active Desktop.
Unfortunately, Microsoft also announced that the final release date for Internet Explorer 4.0 has slipped "a couple of months." It was originally expected in mid-Summer. Internet Explorer 4.0 has been delayed numerous times since it was announced a year ago. The most recent delay occurred so that Microsoft could add support for Dynamic HTML, originally slated for the 5.0 release, and fix some security holes discovered in the 3.0 browser.
Sometime over the next twenty-four hours (April 8-9), the Nexus will feature a number of Internet Explorer 4.0 files, including:
- The Windows 95 Standard install in a single ZIP file (~12.6 Mb).
- The Windows 95 Enhanced install in a single ZIP file (~14.5 Mb).
- The Windows 95 Full install in a single ZIP file (~17.0 Mb).
- A single ZIP file to upgrade the Windows 95 Standard install to the Enhanced install (~2.5 Mb)
- A single ZIP file to upgrade the Windows 95 Enhanced install to the Full install (~2.5 Mb)
- The Windows NT 4.0 Standard install in a single ZIP file (~10 Mb).
- Active Setup for Windows 95 or NT 4.0 which allows you to install the components you like directly over the Internet (~500K).