Microsoft on Moday released an updated version of its Internet Explorer Web browser software for the Macintosh.
Version 5.2 of IE for the Mac is available for free from Microsoft's Mactopia Web site. New features include better handling of fonts through Mac OS X 10.1.5's Quartz graphics engine. The new version is available only for Mac OS X, the major overhaul of the Mac operating system released in March 2001.
The update comes as browser competition begins to heat up on the Mac. The early June release of open-source browser Mozilla and the May beta of AOL Time Warner's Netscape 7 threaten IE's dominance on the Macintosh. Other Mac browsers include iCab 2.7, OmniWeb 4.06 and Opera 5.
"Without a doubt, there's more browser competition on the Mac than the PC," Technology Business Research analyst Tim Deal said.