IE5 Preview at

Wednesday March 17th, 1999

So, news about IE5 is beginning to trickle out, and it's beginning to look a lot like Mozilla. The equivalent of a "What's Related" button has been added as well as a "Web Accessories" feature that we got a glimpse of last year with Mozilla's configurable chrome. No indication of standards compliance (still). My latest bet is that IE5 won't even be HTML4 compliant, much less CSS1 compliant.

IE5 is supposed to be released tomorrow. I'd be interested in knowing the download sizes for the different installs. Feel free to submit info to us tomorrow, if you're brave enough to download it.

#34 Re:IE5 Preview at

by Kovu <>

Monday March 22nd, 1999 10:19 PM

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...with a significantly improved version of Composer, fully integrated with Navigator. Yes, that is the answer.

Re: browser use, you're right. But Windows 95/98 has seen nearly all the sales it will, and MSs next consumer version is years away (unless you count Win98 second edition, which likely won't see anywhere near the sales of 98 or 95 (Windows 2000 is specifically for NT users) This means that almost all of the market share will move in the direction of Netscape, first with the release of 5.0 (and yes, I agree, if developers for consumer programs will be wooed 5.0 MUST come with a FANTASTIC version of Composer, fully integrated with Navigator), and then with AOL's embrace of Navigator.

In short, IE has used most of its fuel (minus trailing with MSOffice 2000 and/or trailing along with other programs), NS has yet to light theirs. Given a fully functional and integrated version of Composer, I think they can do it with little problem. They had better, because the trial, even when over, will have to be appealed, and it could take years to get any results.