Microsoft Corporation officially unveiled the second public beta of Internet Explorer 5.0 Wednesday morning, with a nice new Web site detailing its new features. IE 5.0 Beta 2 is designed with three goals in mind:
- Simplicity -- Search, History, and Favorites have been improved and
simplified to make these functions easier and more powerful.
- Automation -- Commonly repeated tasks, such as typing in URLs and
filling out forms are now automated with Microsoft IntelliSense
- Flexibility -- In an obvious stab at Netscape, Microsoft is positioning IE 5.0 as the "browser with choice," allowing you to easily use any search, portal, or home page sites on the Web.
- Outlook Express 5.0 -- Email and newsgroup access.
- Windows Media Player 6.0 -- Plays all media types, including Windows
Media, Real Audio/Video, QuickTime, AVI, WAV, MP3, and more.
- Microsoft Chat 2.5 -- Comic strip-style live chats.
- NetMeeting 2.11 -- Video teleconferencing and application sharing.
- FrontPage Express 2.0 -- HTML editing.
- Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (JVM) -- Though it's billed as the
"Microsoft Virtual Machine" now for legal reasons, it's for running Java
applets and applications.
- Internet Connection Wizard -- Easy connection to the Web.
- Offline Browsing Pack -- tools for viewing Web sites offline. A must for
users of laptops.
- Wallet 3.0 -- Allows secure online shopping.
- Agent 2.0 -- Microsoft Bob meets the Internet. Hey, it works in Office.
- And, as they say, so much more. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 also includes core fonts for the Web, Dynamic HTML data binding, VRML 2.0 viewer, DirectAnimation, and a host of other features.