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Microsoft says Unix browser is on schedule

By Bob Trott
InfoWorld Electric

Posted at 5:08 PM PT, Jan 27, 1998
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Microsoft's interoperability message will continue through March with the release of Internet Explorer 4.0 for Unix, an official said at the Web Tech Ed conference here on Tuesday.

If rivals and critics are not convinced that Microsoft is serious about linking to competing technologies such as Unix and the CORBA object specification (see Microsoft launches COM-Unix initiative at Web Tech Ed), delivering the browser for the Sun Solaris flavor of Unix should get that message across, said Tod Nielsen, general manager of Microsoft's developer relations group.

Nielsen joked that, to play off the we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it attitude, he wanted to launch Internet Explorer 4.0 for Unix at the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in San Francisco.

"We could say, there's Internet Explorer for Unix, and there's the bearded lady," Nielsen said.

Internet Explorer 4.0 for Solaris has been in beta testing since November. After its release, Microsoft plans to move the browser to other Unix platforms, including HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Irix.

Unix is the only major platform left for Internet Explorer. Last week, Microsoft released the updated browser for the Windows 3.1 and Windows NT 3.51 platforms.

Microsoft Corp., in Redmond, Wash., can be reached at http://www.microsoft.com/.

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