Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 4.0 Featuring Outlook Express For Users of Windows 3.1

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 4.0 Featuring Outlook Express For Users of Windows 3.1

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 21, 1998 — Delivering on its commitment to offer true platform support and premier browser functionality, Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate, worldwide availability of Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 and Outlook
™Express for the Windows® 3.1 and Windows NT® 3.51 operating systems. This release joins the family of award-winning Internet Explorer 4.0 products for Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh and the current beta version for UNIX.

This release allows end users to upgrade immediately to Internet Explorer 4.0, the browser software for Windows 3.1 that provides the easiest and safest way to browse the Web. Additionally, corporate administrators can begin evaluating Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1, ensuring its compatibility with their existing intranet solution. They will be able to customize, deploy and maintain Internet Explorer 4.0 throughout their organization with the upcoming Internet Explorer Administration Kit for Windows 3.1, expected to be available within the next 30 to 60 days.

“We are pleased to offer our customers the ease of use and security features already available in Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 95,” said Yusuf Mehdi, director of marketing in the application and Internet client group at Microsoft. “With unique features such as the acclaimed Explorer Bars, standards-based Dynamic HTML, Active Channel content and Security Zones, Internet Explorer 4.0 is a great upgrade for anyone using Windows 3.1.”

Internet Explorer 4.0 Delivers “The Web the Way You Want It” to Windows 3.1 Platform

With Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1 , Microsoft brings the award-winning features of Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 95 to the millions of users on the 16-bit platform. In particular, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1 provides these key features:

  • Easy, safe browsing. Internet Explorer 4.0 makes Web browsing fast, easy and secure. Users will get information they need quickly by taking advantage of unique features such as Explorer Bars to locate, browse and manage Web sites easily. With Security Zones, users and corporate administrators can control or disable technologies (such as Java or ActiveScripting) based on their general location or specific site. Users can also take the Web with them wherever they go as Internet Explorer 4.0 offers the ability to view Web content even when they’re not connected to the Internet.

  • Rich HTML mail. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1 offers the acclaimed Outlook Express e-mail client, which makes communicating with friends, family and business associates on the Web fast and easy. Outlook Express features HTML mail for rich e-mail capabilities and includes quick setup wizards, easy migration tools to move from other mail clients like Eudora Pro and Netscape Messenger, support for multiple accounts and customized stationery.

  • Active Channel content and webcasting support. Now corporations can deploy customized enterprise channels in a cross-platform environment, delivering the same Active Channel
    content to all Internet Explorer 4.0 users throughout their organization. Webcasting enables users to better track favorite sites by automatically notifying them of updates and delivering new content. Users can choose to have content delivered directly inside their browser or via e-mail for reading offline.

  • Internet standards-based. Users of Windows 3.1 can view the latest, most exciting content on the Web today with Internet Explorer 4.0’s broad support for Internet standards, including HTML standards from the World Wide Web consortium (W3C) such as core Dynamic HTML support, ECMA Script (JavaScript), channel definition format (CDF), LDAP, IMAP and Java support across all platforms.

Internet Explorer 4.0 Offers True Platform Support Commitment

Microsoft can now provide corporations and home users with a complete browsing experience, regardless of which operating system they use. The release of Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1 and Windows NT 3.51 brings Microsoft one step closer to its goal of making Internet Explorer 4.0 available on the breadth of popular operating systems while also delivering true platform support that is demanded by corporate customers.

  • Top operating system and broadest international language support. Internet Explorer 4.0 is capable of running on more than 99.5 percent of all computer desktops in use today, including the Macintosh, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT and UNIX. In addition, Internet Explorer reaches more users worldwide than any other major browser, with more than 25 international language versions available.

  • Runs on
    non-PC devices. The family of Internet Explorer products includes Pocket Internet Explorer, designed to run on the Windows CE operating system, for non-PC handheld computers.

  • Unified
    development platform. Internet Explorer 4.0 provides a single, standards-based set of technologies for authoring Web content and applications across all Internet Explorer 4.0 browsers: Dynamic HTML and ECMA Script (JavaScript).

  • Existing
    software and hardware integration. Internet Explorer 4.0 provides superior integration with existing hardware and software wherever technically possible to offer a fast, easy, and integrated browsing experience. For example, Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1 runs on 12 MB of memory.

Pricing and Availability

Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 3.1 and Windows NT 3.51 will be available in 20 languages other than English over the next 90 days. It can be downloaded free of charge from Microsoft’s Web site at (connect-time charges may apply). For information on Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, visit the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web site at .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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