Microsoft has timed the production version of its Internet Explorer client for the Mac to coincide with the Mac World show, it confirmed today.
The company had been criticised for not having a standard Mac interface but will address that tomorrow by introducing a System 7 version of Internet Explorer 3.0 which will include an Opendoc module, allowing Mac users to run ActiveX components using Apple Cyberdog.
IE 3.0 for the Mac is long delayed. Microsoft delivered a beta last November but users have criticised the company for failing to have a cross-platform standard for its Internet products. Some versions of IE work with 16-bit OS like Dos, some with Windows 95 and others with Windows NT, making it difficult for corporations to use the standard across their enterprises.
US reports suggest that Microsoft will continue to pour resources into the Macintosh platform. It is shortly to create a division specifically to develop for the Mac although some cynical observers see that as an attempt to stymie possible antitrust action by the US Federal Department of Justice.
On Thursday Netscape will push the browser wars one step beyond by releasing the beta of Netscape Navigator 4.0, codenamed Communicator.
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