Complaints from users have forced Microsoft to make changes to the IE 4.0 browser, which will be an integral part of the Windows 98 operating system.
Two different phases of public beta testing has revealed that people are not happy with some of the updated actions, particularly the new hovering icon behaviour and single clicking, which was default in preview 2.0 of the browser. As a response, many of IE4.0's aesthetic changes will be tucked away behind the options menus. If a user wants, for example, to have single click selection enabled, the options will have to be changed.
Martin Gregory, Microsoft product manager for IE4.0, said: "The default hovering (over icons) on preview 2.0 has been turned off now. We've done a huge amount of testing around the shell of IE4.0, more so than for any other product. We've decided to make some minor alterations, but we made it clear that this would probably be the case at various workshops."
Sam Sethi, Netscape's marketing manager, said Microsoft's move was a U-turn. "This isn't just about double clicking is it? They are not making Active Desktop the default any more because they're not confident with it. Now the user has to choose. They're scared the new interface doesn't work. It's a U-turn - they were forcing an interface change on users and now they've found out that people won't be forced into adopting it," Sethi commented.
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