JavaWorld News Briefs (updated 9/5/96)

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Apple Computer to support Java

in its MacOS

Bessemer Venture Partners funds new Java-based startup

Bugs affect Navigator 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0

BulletProof announces JDesignerPro

Creating Media releases Plug-In Playlets version 1.5

Database tool makes use of Java

Dimension X plans for new release of Liquid Motion with Internet Explorer 3.0

False alarm sounded by Finjan Software regarding hostile applet

Free evaluation kit from Active Software

IBM moves to Java for OS/2 development

Innovative Software releases Object Engineering Workbench for Java

InterNIC tightens domain name security

"Java: Beyond the Buzz" at upcoming IMA Expo

KL Group ships Java table components

Maximized Software announces Web server utility module

Microline Software introduces toolkit

Microsoft announces availability of new technology

Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 3.0

Natural Intelligence and EveryWare Development form partnership;

provide database connectivity software

NCD adds Java to its Network Computer and PC-X software

NetObjects introduces Fusion; JavaSoft and Netscape sign on

Net-Scene announces Point Plus plug-in for Netscape Navigator

NewTek announces porting agreement with Sun Microsystems

SunSoft readies release of Java WorkShop

O'Reilly announces Web-based, pre-publication version of JavaScript book

Penumbra Software ships visual Java development environment

Sun's Java applet tag included in HTML 3.2

Symantec releases Cafe tutorial

Symantec upgrades Cafe Version 1.5 for Windows; Supports Netscape ONE

TransactNet unveils Java tool for automating the Web

Trusted Information Systems enhances Gauntlet Internet Firewall

Versant and SunSoft drive object standard;

ODMG endorses proposal for ODBMS and ORB integration

Trusted Information Systems enhances Gauntlet Internet Firewall

Trusted Information Systems Inc. (TIS) announced new capabilities in its Gauntlet Internet Firewall. Version 3.2 of the software includes the Java Guard option, which blocks Java code from passing the firewall, support for strong user authentication for controlled Web access, central firewall management, and support for mobile users. Enhancements for new applications include support for Sybase database access.

Java Guard gives Gauntlet Internet Firewall users the option of reliably preventing outsiders from using Java code maliciously against protected networks. Java Guard, when activated by the network manager in a Gauntlet Internet Firewall, simply blocks all Java and JavaScript code from crossing the firewall. Gauntlet Internet Firewall is the first proxy firewall to offer Java blocking. Firewalls that rely on packet filtering cannot effectivively block Java.

The Gauntlet Internet Firewall Version 3.2 is available now for BSD/OS, HP-UX, and SunOS platforms. List price is 1,500. TIS offers discounts for upgrades of its previous firewall versions.

http://www.tis.com

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Bessemer Venture Partners funds new Java-based startup

In a recent announcement, Bessemer Venture Partners, a VC firm located in Menlo Park, CA, contributed funds to the cofounders of VeriSign and a team of engineers made up of former employees of Apple, JavaSoft, and Oracle. The funding has helped launch an Internet startup company currently named Internet Startup; this company is using Java to build software infrastructure that makes networked applications ubiquitous. Bessemer Venture Partners invests in private, high-tech startups.

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NetObjects introduces Fusion; JavaSoft and Netscape sign on

NetObjects announced Fusion, a Web publishing application that gives users visual control over the design and production of their Web sites. Instead of creating separate HTML pages and connecting them together to build a site (as with Microsoft's Front Page and Netscape's Gold with LiveWire Pro), Fusion takes a macro, site-oriented approach, combining automatic site building, design, and data publishing features. An integrated set of modules is included with Fusion, including SiteArchitect Editor, PageDraw Editor, SiteStyles Manager, SiteAssets, and SitePublish.

Approving of the method NetObjects' Fusion uses for integrating Java applets in Web sites, both JavaSoft and Netscape have signed comarketing agreements. "NetObjects' visual support of Java, and its active support for open standards, will further Java's acceptance as a rich media component of innovative Web sites. I believe that NetObjects will play a significant role in helping professionals build better Web sites and am, therefore, excited about our cooperation," said Lew Tucker, director of corporate and ISV marketing for JavaSoft.

Running on Windows 95 and NT, Fusion will ship in September and will be priced at 95.

http://www.netobjects.com

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IBM moves to Java for OS/2 development

The latest version of the 32-bit OS/2 Warp OS is just weeks away from shipping, and IBM is giving software developers a clear directive to start using Java as the development environment for OS/2.

IBM is willing to reconfigure its OS in almost any way necessary to make it a better Java platform, including adding support for non-IBM object request brokers (ORBs) if necessary, said IBM's John M. Thompson, senior vice president and group executive at IBM, in Somers, N.Y.

"If Java were to incorporate some other ORB than SOM [Systems Object Model], and it's an industry standard, we will support it. If there is some other architecture [besides IBM's SOM] that our customers want, and it is an industry standard, we'll support it," Thompson said.--Tom Quinlan, InfoWorld Electric

http://www.austin.ibm.com/pspinfo/os2.html

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NCD adds Java to its Network Computer and PC-X software

Network Computing Devices Inc. (NCD) announced its plans to add support for applications written in Java to its Network Computer (NC) operating system and PC-X server software. Users of NCD's Explora and HMX lines of NCs and PC users running NCD's PC-Xware remote application access software will be able to access Java applications. According to company officials, these Java enhancements will be available in December.

The addition of Java application support to NCD's NCs will allow users to simultaneously access Windows and Java applications running at the server. Users of PC-Xware will be able to add Java programs to the list of applications they can access from their PCs over the network running on Windows NT and Unix servers, as well as on minicomputers and mainframes.

In addition to upgrading NCDware with Java support and delivering it with the Explora and HMX lines, NCD will make available a software program that will add Java support to existing Explora and HMX models.

Pricing for the new Java-capable versions and upgrades has not yet been determined, but the company expects to make more announcements about the product before the December release date.--Diane Frank, InfoWorld Electric

http://www.ncd.com

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Microline Software introduces toolkit

Microline Software's View Toolkit contains advanced user-interface objects for Java and Netscape's Internet foundation classes (IFC). The toolkit includes GridView, TabView, TreeView, and Progress objects. A limited version is available for download off Microline's Web and FTP site.

http://www.mlsoft.com

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Net-Scene announces Point Plus plug-in for Netscape Navigator

Net-Scene announced its PointPlus plug-in for Netscape Navigator client software. PointPlus interacts with other objects on the Web page using the Netscape LiveConnect framework. Netscape LiveConnect is a framework that enables communication and interaction with other live objects on a Web page such as plug-ins, Java applets, JavaScript scripts, and HTML elements to create Web content. Net-Scene's Point Plus Plug-in users are able to easily publish PowerPoint presentations into content that can be uploaded to intranets and the Internet via Netscape Navigator Gold.

Net-Scenes PointPlus plug-in (less than 100 kilobytes) is available for evaluation free of charge by downloading it from Net-Scene's site. With a suggested retail price of 99 for the Point Plus plug-in, Net-Scene will offer an introductory price of 19, which includes the functional software, the users guide, and a registration form, good through August 30, 1996.

http://www.net-scene.com

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BulletProof announces JDesignerPro

BulletProof Corp. announced JDesignerPro, a Java-powered RAD tool for developing custom client-server systems in the Java language. With JDesignerPro Internet or intranet developers can quickly produce front-ends to all major databases. Users can quickly build internal database applications for human resources, account, order and inventory tracking, customer support, and more. JDesignerPro allows developers to customize the GUI, maintain access control, and build data forms, all without typing a single line of Java code. A fully working version of JDesignerPro can be downloaded free of charge from BulletProof's Web site.

http://www.BulletProof.com/JDesignerPro

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O'Reilly announces Web-based, pre-publication version of JavaScript book

O'Reilly has launched its Early Adopter Program, online books for readers who want early access to upcoming titles. Program members will have access to drafts over the Web. Some drafts will be featured in their entirety, others will be offered chapter by chapter as they're written.

JavaScript: the Definitive Guide, Beta Version is now online. With the large number of people using Netscape's JavaScript, documentation is needed. Now in beta, this book will serve as a definitive guide for the Navigator 2.0 and Navigator 3.0 versions of JavaScript. The first edition will be ready when Navigator 3.0 is released in final form. More information on this title and how it can be ordered can be found at:

http://www.ora.com/catalog/jscriptbeta/index.html

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InterNIC tightens domain name security

InternNIC has implemented a new program, Guardian, to make it difficult for anyone but an authorized party to change registration information. The system will keep unauthorized users from accessing key administrative information. Companies and Internet service providers can request "mail-from" security under which domain name information, such as key contact names and addresses, can only be changed from the authorized e-mail address. Users utilize "crypt-password," which requires users to have the right password if they want to change registration information.

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NewTek announces porting agreement with Sun Microsystems

NewTek, Inc. announced at Siggraph that NewTek and Sun Microsystems Computer Company (SMCC) have finalized a development agreement that will bring the next generation of NewTek digital video tools to the Sun, Solaris, and Ultra Computing environment. NewTek will utilize Sun's Java development language, and leverage its strengths in building easily portable tools and its ability to download applications across a network securely, to develop next generation Internet-based products. The target for these tools will be the large group of digital content creators and professionals in feature and broadcast video.

Java will play a major role in the creation of the NewTek product interface. The Java-based interface will allow people to do collaborative video editing and production over the Internet. The potential that the Internet provides video producers as a production resource will allow for unprecedented flexibility. Producers will be able to communicate with clients from remote locations and get immediate feedback on creative direction. Input from artists and creative directors can happen simultaneously from locations throughout the world. Delays and expensive re-shoots and re-edits will be avoided.

http://www.network.com

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TransactNet unveils Java tool for automating the Web

TransactNet Inc. unveiled the Web Interface Toolkit (WIT), which enables Java developers to quickly and easily build Java classes to access Web data and services from stand-alone or server-based applications, as well as applets. By combining an HTML parser with HTTP and CGI protocol support, WIT sets the stage for the next phase of Web application development: automated access to Web documents and services.

Comprising a set of Java class libraries, code generators, and an intuitive user interface, WIT can fully or partially generate Java applets, stand-alone applications, or "servlets". Java servlets built with WIT can be deployed to Java-enabled or Java-powered Web servers such as JavaSoft's Jeeves and the Netscape range of servers. The WIT class libraries, encapsulating HTML parsing, a Javascript compatible HTML document object model, and HTTP and CGI access, can also be used by Java developers directly.

WIT is based around TransactNet's Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL), an extension to HTML for computer-readable descriptions of data items enclosed within HTML page elements. HTML authors can develop pages that advertise and describe their contents in terms understood by business data-processing applications. Pages not under the developer's control can be represented in stand-alone WIDL files, and may include error trapping and validation specifications to guard against page modifications and errors in input data.

Being fully Java-powered, WIT runs on all platforms for which the Java Development Kit (JDK) is available, including Windows95/NT, Solaris, AIX, Linux, and Macintosh. Java software developed with WIT can communicate with back-end Web programs written in any language, such as Java, C, C++, Perl, Tcl, and others.

Built solely on HTTP, HTML, and Java -- the open standards of the Web -- WIT integrates cleanly with the recently announced Netscape ONE standards framework. Additionally, WIT is compatible with Netscape Navigator 2.x and 3.0, Internet Explorer 3.0, and any Web server product supporting one or more of the CGI, NSAPI, ISAPI, or Apache server interface specifications. The WIT HTML parser recognizes HTML 3.2 and handles all Netscape and Microsoft HTML extensions.

A free beta version of WIT 1.0 is available now for downloading, with a production release scheduled for late September. Pricing has not been announced.

http://www.transactnet.com

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Microsoft announces availability of new technology

Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of new technology that enables users to download both ActiveX controls and Java applets faster and more safely across the Internet. The new Cabinet File (CAB) technology is a set of open utilities that enables component developers to compress and digitally sign their applications in a format optimized for quicker and more secure download from a Web site. It can be incorporated by tool vendors into Java or ActiveX development tools, giving developers a choice of tools for building safer and faster Web applications. It allows Web designers to author Web pages that coexist with and are fully compatible with existing Java Applet delivery mechanisms, yet have higher performance and better security capabilities.

Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.0 can download CAB files from a Web site, decompress them on the user's desktop, and safely run the Java applet or ActiveX control. Microsoft is making CAB technology initially available for the Windows family, with plans for future Macintosh and Unix versions. Tools to support the use of CAB technology are available now for download at no charge.

http://microsoft.com/workshop/java/cab-f.htm

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Penumbra Software ships visual Java development environment

Penumbra Software Inc. has begun shipping Mojo, a complete development environment for programmers using the Java language. Mojo consists of two components: a GUI designer that provides a visual means for building Java applets, and a coder that organizes Java objects and gives the user direct access to all aspects of code.

Components from Mojo's library can be dragged and dropped, and users can add actions to them. With the integrated Class and Method Browser, users can view actions and components -- Mojo actually "teaches" Java during use. The coder lets the developer go beyond built-in functions, and organizes objects into a visible hierarchy for drill-down and direct coding. For faster library growth, components and actions can be shared among users.

The single-user version of Mojo is priced at 09; a student edition is available for 9. The Enterprise Edition is 95 and includes JDBC and ODBC support. These can be purchased by downloads from the Penumbra Software Web site, where a trial version can be downloaded at no charge.

http://www.PenumbraSoftware.com

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KL Group ships Java table components

KL Group Inc. has begun shipping JClass LiveTable Pro and JClass LiveTable Applet, two Java table components that let Java developers and Web page designers build interactive tables and forms for Java and Web applications.

JClass LiveTable Pro is a complete Java class library and applet that provides building blocks for creating dynamic forms and spreadsheets. LiveTable pro offers column sorting, components in cells, and programmic callbacks, as well as mixed colors, fonts, and image support.

With JClass LiveTable Applet, Web page designers can enliven HTML tables by adding scrolling views of the table, on-the-fly sorting, and in-table searching capabilities.

LiveTable Applet is priced at 9, and LiveTable Pro is priced at 99. Both products are available for downloading through the KL Group Web site and are being sold by Gamelan, MindQ, and c/net.

http://www.klg.com

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Symantec upgrades Cafe Version 1.5 for Windows; Supports Netscape ONE

Symantec Corp. announced the latest upgrade to its Java development tool -- Symantec Cafe. This latest version includes a compiler that is 500% faster than the previous one and a debugger that now includes expression evaluation, watch window, and datatip features. The upgrade will speed up the compilation and debugging process.

Symantec also announced that it will support Netscape ONE (open network environment) by including in new releases of Cafe the new Netscape Internet foundation classes -- Java class libraries that increase the speed of creating applications in Java.

Symantec Cafe 1.5 will be available free to registered Cafe users on the Update Center of Cafe's Web site with the estimated price of 29.95.

http://cafe.symantec.com

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Maximized Software announces Web server utility module

Maximized Software announced the availability of WebJuggler, a Web server utility module that enables Web servers to select and present pages specifically designed to correspond to a variety of criteria, such as the user's browser type, browser version, time of day, and domain name. Webmasters can create their own "rules" on which to base the selection.

WebJuggler can distinguish between Java-compatible and non-Java-compatible browsers, sending only pages that are compatible with each particular type of browser. Also, WebJuggler allows Web servers to send the same page with different graphics appropriate to the browser, ensuring Webmaster control over the content and appearance of the page.

WebJuggler for Netscape Servers (NSAPI-compatible) on Windows NT, SunOS, and Solaris is available now for 29 per server. WebJuggler for Microsoft Internet Information Server and all ISAPI-compatible servers on Windows NT is scheduled for release in September. Customers can download a free 30-day trial version of WebJuggler from Maximized Software's Web site.

http://maximized.com

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SunSoft readies release of Java WorkShop

SunSoft is visiting the press and analysts to show off the "Dev6 Early Access Release" of Java WorkShop, which should be shipping in final form (FCS) in September for Solaris, Windows95, and Windows NT. (The Mac version won't ship until next year.) This month SunSoft is showing the demo on a PC laptop running Windows -- instead of on UltraSPARCs shipped in advance to each demo site, as happened a few months ago when the tool's performance on the PC was far from impresssive.

A demo at JavaWorld's office in early August went smoothly except for sluggish performance with the debugger, which may have been due in part to Java's AWT. "AWT doesn't handle multiple update of windows very well," says Joe Keller, SunSoft's director of developer marketing and support. Unlike most other Java development tools, WorkShop is written entirely in Java, and thus it grapples with Java's weaknesses. But WorkShop also benefits from Java's strengths, offering such features as the ability to debug multiple applets within a single HTML page. SunSoft emphasizes that WorkShop is an Internet software development environment, not a Windows software development environment.

http://www.sun.com/developer-products/java/literature/ProductGuide/WS_java.html

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Free evaluation kit from Active Software

Active Software is offering a free, 30-day evaluation version of ActiveWeb, the company's enterprise-class development tool designed to connect Java to database and application systems. The evaluation kit is available on Active Software's Web site. In addition, technical papers and early customer references are available on the site.

http://www.activesw.com

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Symantec releases Cafe tutorial

Symantec Corp. announced the availability of "Cafe Companion," an exercise-based tutorial designed specifically for use with Symantec Cafe, the company's Java development environment. The tutorial provides an overview of the Cafe environment's integrated development tools and desktop interface as well as an introduction to the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming in Java.

Cafe Companion is priced at 9.95 and can be ordered from Symantec's Web site.

http://cafe.symantec.com

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Natural Intelligence and EveryWare Development form strategic partnership; Provide database connectivity software

Natural Intelligence Inc., a provider of Java-based development tools, and EveryWare Development Corp., which specializes in Web/database integration products, announced the first step in their strategic partnership: codevelopment of database connectivity software written in Java. This software will allow programmers to query and retrieve data from databases such as Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and SQL Server using Java.

The software will be shipped free with any purchase of Natural Intelligence's Roaster DR2, the development environment for Java, or with purchase of EveryWare's Tango 1.5, the latest version of its rapid Web application development tool.

http://www.natural.com

http://www.everyware.com

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Innovative Software releases Object Engineering Workbench for Java

The Object Engineering Workbench (OEW) for Java provides an advanced toolkit that streamlines Java development for Internet applications. Java applets can be developed and transmitted to any Java-compatible browser in a very short period of time. Intuitive visual programming tools enable the creation and manipulation of classes and their relationships, which are automatically translated into Java source code. OEW generates SQL design information for programming relational and client/server database applications.

OEW has a Symbolic Parser, which reverse engineers existing Java source code allowing for easy reuse of Java classes. A programmer can add new program functions to build a complete application using the graphical views, tools, and programming dialogs that OEW provides.

OEW for Java is available for 49 and can be ordered by calling (508) 634-8400 or sending email to terasoft@tiac.net.

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Versant and SunSoft drive object standard; ODMG endorses proposal for ODBMS and ORB integration

Versant Object Technology Corp. and SunSoft announced that the Object Database Management Group (ODMG) has endorsed the companies' joint proposal for standards-based connectivity between object databases and object request brokers (ORBs). The endorsement by the ODMG demonstrates the widespread commitment to achieving standards for object computing.

Versant and SunSoft worked with ODMG member companies to author the proposal on the integration of object databases with ORBs. The proposal was designed to support object databases as well as object mapping to relational databases and was approved recently by the eight voting members of the ODMG. The proposal describes the extension required of an object database in order for ORB vendors to properly integrate with the database. A separate specification for ORB integration with relational databases was authored by Persistence Inc.

The ODMG is a consortium of object database management system vendors and interested parties working on standards to allow portability of software across ODBMS products. By supporting a common interface for object computing, the ODMG expects to significantly accelerate adoption of a single standard throughout the industry. One of the key objectives of the group is to publish a standard set of specifications to be incorporated into database and application programs enabling access to information stored in an ODBMS. The ODMG is also affiliated with the Object Management Group (OMG).

http://www.versant.com

http://www.sun.com/sunsoft

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Database tool makes use of Java

Infospace has introduced a new tool that enables users to gather information from corporate databases. WebSeQueL runs in standard Web browsers that support Java and allows users to run queries, build reports, and chart and graph corporate information stored in relational databases. Through tools like WebSeQueL, many users can have access to corporate databases through standard Web browsers without specialized software. WebSeQueL runs on intranet servers and downloads a Java applet to users' desktops when they request data reports or queries. The tool generates all necessary commands on the server in standard structured query language (SQL).

From simple point-and-click selection of tables and rows to advanced query design using table join logic and "where" clauses, WebSeQueL products put the full functionality of the database at the fingertips of every user. For the novice, WebSeQueL automatically generates all underlying SQL statements, while WebSeQueL Gold designer version includes a comprehensive SQL editor for direct entry of queries, including inner and outer joins, group by, and order by.

WebSeQueL is available immediately with introductory pricing starting at 95 for each WebSeQueL Gold designer, and 9 per user for WebSeQueL. A live product demonstration and free evaluation copies of WebSeQueL and WebCharts are available on Infospace's home page.

http://www.infospace-inc.com

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Creating Media releases Plug-In Playlets version 1.5

Creating Media announced its July 22 release of Plug-In Playlets -- the company's ready-made Java applets that serve as powerful containers for multimedia content. Version 1.5 delivers 50 to 60% in bandwidth reduction.

A free trial offer period extends through August 15, 1996. Licensing for a single Plug-In Playlet starts at 50, and licensing for the full set of seven Plug-In Playlets is 50.

http://www.creatingmedia.com

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Dimension X plans for new release of Liquid Motion with Internet Explorer 3.0

Dimension X announced plans to ship its product Liquid Motion 1.01, a Java animation tool and platform, in conjunction with Internet Explorer 3.0. Liquid Motion, coded completely in Java, provides an easy GUI for designers and an extensible platform for programmers. Together, IE 3.0's ActiveX Java Virtual Machine and Liquid Motion deliver crisp Java animation and special effects to the Web audience at a high speed.

The Microsoft Java Virtual Machine and Internet Explorer 3.0 enable instantaneous delivery of applets over the Internet. IE 3.0's Java implementation features both compressed class-file and media downloading, as well as intelligent class-file caching. This means that the initial downloading time is reduced, with an improvement in speed from 50 to 90%, and once downloaded, the class files are installed in IE 3.0's Java environment.

Liquid Motion is available for 49.99 through the Dimension X Web site.

http://www.dimensionx.com

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Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 3.0

Microsoft Corp. announced the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) version 3.0, available for download at no charge. To encourage users to try IE 3.0, Microsoft, in conjunction with a number of content providers, is offering free access (connect charges may apply) to popular content such as that from ESPNET SportsZone and The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, and exclusive access to content on sites such as Hollywood Online. IE 3.0 includes communication features and Microsoft NetMeeting, multimedia and active content features, and easy use and customization features.

IE 3.0 will be distributed by major online services and Internet service providers (ISPs) worldwide, including America Online Inc., AT&T Corp., CompuServe Inc., EUnet International and EUnet Germany, France Telecom Interactive, MCI Communications Corp., Netcom On-Line Communications Services Inc. and UUNET Technologies Inc. In addition, more than 2,500 other ISPs will distribute IE with their offerings. IE 3.0 will also be included with the next OEM Service Release of Windows 95 supplied to computer manufacturers.

IE 3.0 is available now for no charge by downloading it from Microsoft's Web site.

http://microsoft.com/ie

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