Internet Explorer 5.5 has arrived with a wimper.
While the browser has some enhanced user features, IE5.5 mainly is aimed at developers.
New features include vertical text layout, enhanced frames, improved HTML editing services, and more support for Internet standards, according to Microsoft.
While .Net will revamp the Windows file system into an XML store that lives on the Internet, and users will do most of their .Net computing through a browser, Bill Gates said the new initiative did not mean that the PC was going by the wayside in favour of "dumb terminals."
In fact, he said, the Windows platform will maintain its relevance through the releases of the "Whistler" OS, which, due in 2001, will integrate some .Net features and will finally mark Microsoft's departure from the Windows 9x code base in favour of the NT kernel, and "Blackcomb," the OS release slated for 2002 that will fully incorporate .Net and radically change the Windows user interface.