Microsoft: Internet Explorer 4.0 will ship September 30

Microsoft Corporation announced today that the final release version of Internet Explorer 4.0 will ship on September 30. Originally planned as a compelling upgrade to the successful IE 3, IE 4 has taken on a life of its own and should be regarded as an operating system upgrade, not a simple Web browser. IE 4 changes the Windows 95 and NT 4.0 user interface to support a browser-like, single-click Shell that sports an HTML-based user interface and desktop. A recent deal with Apple Computer may bring a similar level of integration to Mac desktops next year as well.

Microsoft is already taking pre-orders for the final release IE 4.0 CD-ROM, which will cost approximately $5. You can order the IE 4.0 CD-ROM from the Microsoft Web site now.

This "limited edition commemorative" CD also includes $100 worth of coupons from leading IE 4.0 backers such as Warner Brothers, NBC, ESPN, and others. If you don't want to pay for the CD, you will be able to download IE 4.0 from the Web site starting September 30.

Windows 3.1 and Macintosh versions of IE 4.0 are expected 30-90 days after the initial Windows 95/NT 4.0 release

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