IE4 ( Internet Explorer 4)
Q: What are the main difference between Internet
Explorer 4.0 and the earlier versions of IE?
A: Internet Explorer 4.0 has faster page loads, more dynamic HTML
capability and more multimedia accessories such as RealPlayer and
Netshow Player. However, the most significant improvement is probably
the Active Desktop technology.
Q: What is this Active Desktop technology?
A: The Active Desktop technology is an enhancement that enables you to
bring live Internet contents or information to the desktop. You can
then configure it to be updated whenever you surf the Internet. The
required information will then be downloaded automatically. This means
you can get access to the information you want, without going to the
website itself. There are also "Active Channels" which you
can subscribe to such as, weather forecast, stock exchange or
news-ticker. These channels are mostly free or you are required to pay
a small fee at the end of the month.
Q: What is Dynamic HTML?
A: Dynamic HTML or DHTML is a push to HTML for better web design and
effects such as ActiveX. Internet Explorer 4.0 was
designed to be used for DHTML webpages created by FrontPage 98.
Sadly, the "push" technology is different between Netscape
and Microsoft. So, it looks like there will be a war for the
two non-standard DHTML.
Q: Why is it that I have to download an extra 400
KB Setup.exe file to download IE4?
A: This Setup.exe file as an Active Setup, an Active technology
demonstration. However, there are more reasons for it other than just
a show-off. You can first select the option you want, decide whether
you want the Active Desktop, locate the download site ( probably the
site where you download the Setup.exe file ) then only start the
download. A good thing about this is, since the files size are big,
there is an Active Recovery option so that you won't have to download
the files you already have in case your connection fails while
Q: I have already used the full option during the
IE4 setup. How come there are still some other add-ons that I don't
seem to have?
A: Add-ons and updates are developed everyday. One good add-on is the
IE4 powertoy. For more information on add-ons, go to Microsoft's Internet
Explorer 4.0 Add-on page to see the other updates available.
Q: A lot of people say that the IE4 slows down
their system. Is that true?
A: Yes. It is true that IE4 can dramatically decrease the speed of a
PC. This is because it consumes a lot of memory. The minimum amount of
RAM should be at least 16 RAM. Even a system running at 32 RAM can
still experience system crashes. However, if you are using a high-end
system, the slow-down won't be significant.
Q: I heard that IE4 changes the interface of
Windows 95. What are the main changes?
A: IE4 changes the Windows 95 shell to make a user-friendly interface.
The main difference includes:
- A log-off user and History folder in the start
- Ability to use an HTML file as wallpaper.
- Easy-to-use button toolbars to the taskbar.
- Better looking Windows Explorer.
Q: Microsoft spent lots of money
researching and developing Internet Explorer 4. Why is it given away
A: Good question. Microsoft is probably afraid that browsers
from rival companies such as Netscape will one-day, make a
stand-alone OS out of their browsers, such as Unix. A browser can do
more than net surfing. You can open Word document, view channels and
more. A web browser will one day becomes an everyday component of an
OS just like Internet Explorer 4.0 is to Windows 98.