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From Rob Hartill <>
Subject crash unix too
Date Wed, 05 Nov 1997 19:17:19 GMT

from c|net,4,16046,00.html

   (No linux, no FreeBSD ?  now there's a surprise,  not.)

              IE 4 makes Unix debut 
              By Stephanie Miles
              November 5, 1997, 4:20 a.m. PT 

              Microsoft (MSFT) is finally making its Internet
              Explorer browser available to Unix users, in an
              attempt to woo corporations that may have been
              lagging on installing the browser. 

              Microsoft is also releasing the preview version
              of IE 4.0 for Windows 3.1, a platform that still
              accounts for a large percentage of Windows

              According to Dave Fester, group project
              manager for Internet Explorer, Microsoft decided
              to release a Unix version of the browser after
              many corporate customers waited to adopt it as
              a company-wide standard. 

              "It was the No. 1 reason why corporations have
              stalled standardization on IE 4.0," Fester said. 

              Starting today, IE 4.0 Preview 1 will be available
              for download to users of both Windows 3.1 and
              Sun Solaris Unix. Versions for HP-UX, IBM AIX,
              and SGI IRIX are expected to appear in roughly
              three-month intervals. IE 4.0 for Mac is
              currently in beta, while the Windows 95/NT
              version has been out since September 30.
              Microsoft expects to ship IE 4.0 for Windows 3.1
              by the end of the year and by Q1 for Unix. 

              Fester also pointed out that the newest version
              of IE for Windows 3.1 has been reconfigured to
              run smoothly on existing software and hardware,
              and on less than 8 megabytes of memory. But he
              warned that 3.1 users shouldn't expect the
              same performance as on Win32 platforms. 

              "We take the time to build the software so it
              works on the 16-bit operating system," Fester
              said. "There are some obvious limitations. Will it
              run as fast? No it won't." 

              In related news, Microsoft also today shipped
              the final version of its NetMeeting version 2.1
              Internet conferencing software. 

              The new release adds support for the
              company's DirectSound API (application
              programming interface), a part of the DirectX
              APIs. DirectSound can reduce delays in audio
              transmission, said Microsoft. 

              NetMeeting 2.1 is available for free downloading
              from Microsoft's Web site. 


MS hates Sun, what better way to crash lots of sun boxes than to run
MS' junk code on ?!

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