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      19.05.2009 11:13
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      Please please please please upgrade to another browser

      Internet Explorer 6 is the browser that's holding up the development of the web.

      The problem with IE6 is that it's a legacy browser - released in 2001 which in software terms means it's about as old as the dinosaurs, unfortunately it's not extinct like they are though.

      At the time, IE wasn't actually a bad web browser - it was good at what it did and most people used it. However, Microsoft just sat back thinking their work was done while the web and the people that used the web evolved.

      CSS became mainstream for web developers and table-based designs were out, this was a great leap forward in the young industry of web development but unfortunately we couldn't (and still can't) use some of these techniques as IE6 doesn't support them. So we have to spend hours of our time developing workarounds so that the few unlucky people that are stuck with IE6 can view our sites.

      Internet users have also evolved since 2001. As a whole we're all much more experienced and confident when using the web. We want to look at more than one website at a time, but we don't want dozens of windows filling up our taskbar, which is why Opera's invention of tabbed browsing was such a huge leap forward for us.

      If you're still using IE6 you're either stuck with it cos of your set-up at work or you're using it out of choice. For any of you who fall into the latter group... do yourselves and the world a favour and upgrade to Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera.

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      17.07.2008 22:40
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      Slow as a turtle, IE is dieing quickly

      Internet Explorer - Internet Explorer sort of forces itself on you if you've been and are a Microsoft user, there are plenty of better options though and most people fortunately are aware of this these days.

      Internet Explorer hasn't really improved a great deal over the decade, despite producing various new versions it is still incredibly slow to load and behaves like a cantancarous old person on a day's shopping. IE seems to be the Austin Princess of the bunch, struggling to get its engine started (load quickly) and rusting quickly (attracting the dreaded trojan viruses), with other issues along the way like the option between pop-ups or overly exciteable pop-up blockers!

      Having just looked at my IE , I realise that I have an old version on this computer (I couldn't remember as I rarely use it), pre-tabbed browsing which reminded me just how awkward it was when you wanted several pages open at the same time and it often caused the computer to crash. All in all, good riddance, don't worry Bill, you're still loaded!

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        02.04.2003 20:44
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        Im glad ive downloaded and installed this. On my ibm P233 laptop (i know...), ive noticed its about twice as fast as internet explorer 5 to load webpages and pass certificates, so its worth it just for that. Its especially fast when it comes to opening multiple windows. The preferences from the previous version of internet explorer 5.05 are virtually the same, so you dont lose out. It is just as stable as 5.05 (that is version 6.0.28) if not more. This may be because of previous viruses or spyware that could have latched on to the previous internet explorer. Ive noticed that most operations are memory based, and theres less hard drive chugging. Im using windows 98 (4.10) and am not considering upgrading to windows ME, for which the performance boost with ie6 is slightly greater. There are several new features such as more control over cookies, blocking applets and activeX blocking. This integrates seamlessly into the browser with no annoying popups. Because of this, ive switched off the cookie business in my firewall which handles slower, but you still need to use a firewall to block "Ports" where viruses can leak in.

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          11.07.2002 00:19
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          Another fine product from the microsoft company! As you would expect from the latest version of Internet Explorer it's the best. Quicker & more importantly, it's reliable than previous versions. However I beleive that this version is designed for Windows XP and isn't quite as stable on other OS' Visually there are not really many changes but it's underneath the skin where all the changes have been made or so I am told. More tools than ever it's everything any surfer could ask for. It's even free!!! Unlike other free browsers IE is designed to work with Windows, although microsoft have been slammed for doing this, most people use Windows so I see no problem with this, just all these anti-microsoft people trying to cause a stir in the computing world. Anyway, because it's designed for Windows, it works far better for most people that have got a PC rather than netscape which should be kept on macs, i totally hate it, it's no where near as good as IE which out performs it in everyway. So do your self a favour, if you havn't already got IE which is basically impossible if you've got a PC or if you've got a lower version, get onto the microsoft site and download the latest version.

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            03.05.2002 00:10

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            I recently upgraded from version 5.5 and was surprised to find that Microsoft had actually improved their product. Not only have they added high stability but they have also added many cool and useful features. One such feature that I have enjoyed is their inbuilt radio system. This allows me to listen to a wide variety of music while surfing. The tiny toolbar does not inhibit surfing pleasure and is a great addition. Microsoft have also improved the graphical buttons and menus. Althoigh this may seem simple, it has infact been a big improvement. This version also has many security upgrades. Before you had little choice of what cookies sites could place on your computer. Now you are warned and it seems to be alot simplier. Various bugs have also been eliminated and page load times seem to have improved. They only bad thing I have to say about the program is its huge download size. It can take a 56k user over 2 hours to receive all the products features.

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            11.04.2002 07:31

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            It's the best browser MS have released so far - Advantages: Widely available, Everyone has it, General standard of browser - Disadvantages: Crashes regularly

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            29.12.2001 19:42
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            Get the latest beta release of Microsoft?s popular Web browser and e-mail client. The IE6 Public Preview features all the familiar bells and whistles of IE5, as well as some new features that are sure to be a hit with users. The Personal Bar adds ease of use and simple navigation for Web surfers of all levels, from newbie to veteran, by allowing you to choose from a variety of individual Explorer bars to display in the Explorer bar pane. The integrated Advanced Search bar makes it a snap to find whatever you may be looking for on the Web. The Image Toolbar feature allows you to quickly and easily save pictures, e-mail pictures, and print pictures that you find on Web pages. You can also view all your saved pictures in the My Pictures folder. When you point to pictures on Web pages, the My Pictures toolbar appears, giving you instant access to My Pictures functions. Another new Explorer bar, the Contacts bar, allows MSN Messenger Service members to use instant-messaging features from within the browser window while they surf the Web. The advanced security features, such as the Cookie control feature and the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), will be an instant hit with many surfers. One feature that may not sit too well with users, however, is the fact that this latest edition of IE will not run on Windows 95 systems. You will need Windows 98 or newer installed on your machine in order to check out this beta. The disadvantage is thatt ools such as MSN Messenger integrate awkwardly with the browser; beta version still buggy; won?t run on Windows 95 machines. So far, this browser promises to outshine Netscape 6. In the meantime, stick with IE 5.5; download version 6 with caution.

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              19.12.2001 18:15
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              Microsoft Windows eXPerience (Windows XP) users must have known about Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (IE6) as the operating system (Windows XP) comes with the IE6. It seems that Windows always delivers the Internet Explorers to its users as the integrated part of its operating systems. I see that Windows XP is the most stable workstation (stand alone) operating system within its family (I have written a general review on this product, too), and I assume that IE6 which comes with it may be one of the factors or components that supports the stability within the operating system. That is why in this leisure and chance, I would like to share some of my opinion on this product based on my own small review at work. In this case, for certain I do not compare IE with Netscape or other products as I have never used Netscape and the other browsers. How much does it cost? Yes, price is the most important of all. If you think it is very expensive and you cannot effort buying it, stop reading this opinion right away. Then, how much is it? This product is absolutely FREE and can be downloaded at its official site www.microsoft.com. For some reasons, this product may be obtained at www.download.com, too. Why upgrade? Generally, I think that everyone must agree that there are no changes can be seen just in a short time; I mean, after installing IE6 and start to click the explorer - you see nothing special changes on its apperance. It is right, but you must realise that the changes cannot be seen through its appearance, but how it works! I see some reasons should be considered, such as the stability of your current windows operating system and the speed of browsing you are going to obtain from this new product. Well, have you ever seen the blue screen appearing on you monitor while browsing telling you some unexpected errors? I think after using this new browser as the integrate
              d element of Windows, this errors may come less than before. Instead of the stability and speed issues, IE6 also includes some new functions within its media bar, image toolbar and auto image-resize; these interesting new features should be considered, too. And one more important information, though it is free, Microsoft still gives online supports to all users. How kind he is! Why not upgrade while it is free? By the way, how do I prove the speed of browsing? I have several workstations (all have the same specification) connected to a server. One of them has been installed with IE6 and the rests are not upgraded (still using IE 5). After the server is connected to internet, at the workstations I try to type the same web address to browse. The result is that the workstation which is using IE6 completes loading the web address first. I have tried this simple method for times and the result is still the same. I hope this method is representative to claim that IE6 delivers fast-browsing. And certainly I cannot or am not having any knowledge to technically explain the IE6 works. Finally, after reading this opinion, I hope it can encourage you to upgrade your Internet Explorer and may be very useful for you. Finally - have a nice and happy browsing!

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                27.10.2001 04:04
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                I was sitting in the canteen at school talking to my friend Luke when he told me that he had seen a link to IE 6. (If you're a real net dummy, IE=Internet Explorer. And if you think that's too basic, check out my Netscape 6 opinion comments; I've had people telling me they don't know what IE means before!) I hadn't hard a thing about this new version of the explorer browser, but I was quite excited. Then I allowed myself to forget for about three weeks, the this afternoon asked Jeeves if he'd heard the news. He responded, as per usual, with a series of unwanted, totally-off-the-point answers about a financial company called iE, business shareware and business tools for the Macintosh. Deciding to opt with "Where can I find information about Internet Explorer?" I was presented with a blue page, with a huge link at the top to download Internet Explorer version six. I clicked it. Then I had to tell them what language I wanted it in (these guys are nosey!) after I skipped a big old chunky wad of text about what Internet Explorer is (as if we didn't know!) and what features the new version includes. The download took a surprising amount of time for me. I'm on a cable connection with a Download Accelerator too, so my file downloads are usually pretty nippy. This one still didn't take hours on end, (probably about 20 minutes in all) but compared to my everyday 3k files, it seemed to take forever and to ask for incessant details!! And when it had finished it recommended I save all my work and restart my computer. I normally skip that step and just don't use the software until I start work on my computer another time; but just this once it appeared I didn't have much choice. Clicking finish shut down and restarted the PC anyhow. While I waited for it to restart I disappeared downstairs for about an hour and a half (it didn't actually take that long!) to play with my brother and siste
                r (won't go into details...) and by the time I returned I'd forgotten about the download entirely. I looked at the bit by the start bar (you know: show desktop, internet explorer, outlook express etc) and then swiftly remembered about the download. My first chain reaction (hehe) was that I noticed the icon in this area had been made slightly smaller and also appeared blurier. Clicking it, though, my eyes perceived nothing different than 90 minutes beforehand. And writing in it now, I've seen nothing more than Version: 6.0 when I went into Help and about the God damned browser. OooH!! I was just looking round my new browser just this very minute for something else to write about, I've seen a new shortcut on the toolbar. Forgive me if it's not new; because I did do some mucking around with the toolbar layout in 5.5, namely deleting some buttons, so I may not recognise it from then. It's called Media. The Media button opens a frame not dissimilar to that of the search function (hich some of you may have noticed changed in 5.5 the other day to a new provider, and remains as it was then now in 6) which offers links to listen to a random piece of music, radio and video. Available in two file sizes; for example the video is available in 120k and 230k, and the music in 32 and 65. Also there's an interview with a "Skinny" guy. About paranoia by all accounts, what's that when it's at home?? But I judge from the title at the top that it can also be accessed fom http://www.windowsmedia.com, which almost makes it a seemingly pointless addition to what was already a great browser. I've always loved the Internet Explorer browser and preferred it to Netscape. But on this occasion Microsoft have fallen below their usual standards and in my opinion have released a new version too soon after 5.5 Still, not bad. Oh, and I just checked the Microsoft page and by all accounts the br
                owser was released on August 27th!! Told you I left it for three weeks - make that thre ***months!!***

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                  11.09.2001 11:43
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                  • "Same old boring look"

                  Well, IE6 is finally upon us. Microsoft kept quiet about this version, with very little advertising of it. Was this for a reason? Well, possibly not a tactical reason, but I think they realised, they don't need to advertise their products, like IE, just like Rolls Royce don't need to advertise their cars. You ever seen a Rolls Royce advert? Microsoft are the leaders in browser software, and have been for many years. Only real competition they have is Netscape, who have never really been much of a threat to old Billy Gatsy. Until now! The launch of Netscape 6 couldn't have been better timed if you ask me. It offers everything IE6 offers, but Netscape released it before Microsoft, this gave them a window of curious users waiting for IE6, so tried NS6 in the mean time, to see what it was like. If Microsoft had beaten Netscape, those users may never have bothered looking at Netscape. The result was a huge leap for Netscape and at last some serious competition for Microsoft. For a full comparison of the 2 browsers read my opinion on Netscape 6, where I have put Microsoft and Netscape head to head. So IE6, was it worth the wait? Well first impressions tend to suggest no. I installed it a little while ago, and eagerly waiting for it to download and install, about 2 hours in total. On restarting my computer and waiting for windows to mess around updating system settings, I confidently clicked the slightly different IE icon. And up popped IE5!! Or so I thought. Thinking it had installed wrong I checked and realised that it was in fact IE6. They look the same. Same tool bars, buttons, look everything. Nothing seemed to have changed from the previous version. Is this good? Well maybe. Those of us who are keen Microsoft users may not have like the complete face lift like Netscape made. New buttons, and layout would have confused some users and may do more harm than good. But I still feel, it's the same old brand new
                  explorer. By which I mean, it's the same thing. Same grey tool bar and interface, same buttons and icons, same everything. All they seemed to have done is changed the version number to 6. However, behind the front cover of IE6, there is a new browser. So, what have they added? Well going back to the look, Microsoft have taken on their previous tactic as before, but in a more legal way. If you want a new look, new feel, new tool bars, a completely new browser, then you need to buy Windows XP. If, like me, you stick to Windows ME, or 98, even 95 I believe is still being used (I still have Windows 3.11 on dual boot on one machine) But if you don't upgrade to XP, then I am afraid your stuck with the same old look. Is this fair? Well as you probably know, Microsoft have taken a serious beating for the monopolising tactics with internet explorer before, I think it is a sign that they are under threat from Netscape, and don't know how to deal with it. This I think is the same sort of thing, but in a more legal way. You have to buy Windows XP in order to get the new browser. You can still get it without XP, and it still functions in roughly the same way, but you don't get the fancy new look. Me personally am not going to go out and buy XP just for new buttons etc. but it is a little unfair to penalise users for not buying the latest Windows So what else is new? Well, you will notice they have a lot of features Netscape have introduced, I don't know who came first with these features (maybe Microsoft delayed the launch to wait to see what Netscape had? I couldn't possibly comment!). One of these features is the new image toolbars and features. Auto image resize for instance. It's a feature that automatically resizes an image to fit in the browser window. What use is that? Well on its own, you could do without it. But it is nifty sometimes. If you enter a page that has an image set up for 10
                  24x768 resolution for instance. It will resize the image to fit your 800x600 resolution, should you have it set to that. This means you can still see the image on one page, like the web designer intended, instead of having to scroll to view it all. It will also resize if you change your browser window size. Nifty, but can be more trouble than its worth, especially, if the picture needs to be large due to detail, resizing it can be annoying if detail is lost. The other new thing with regards image display I have noticed is the new image tool bar that pops up when you move your mouse over an image. Those of you who build web pages, I am afraid the famous 'no right click' script is left useless in IE6, as images can be saved easily without the need to right click menus. The new menu allows you to print, save, email etc the image easily. Great for the browser, but if you want to protect your images from unlawful saving and reproduction I am afraid IE6 will not do you any favours. I expect to see a few logos and copyright pictures to start appearing where they shouldn't now. The reason for this menu is unclear. It isn't needed, as right click wasn't hard, and the only time you couldn't do it, was when the web designer wouldn't let you, and this was usually for a reason. So why Microsoft have taken it into their hands to prevent this I don't know. But it may still be possible to prevent saving of pictures. Just the script needs re working a little. However looking at it from a browsers point of view, it is a nifty menu, but again, not really needed. So what else is new? Well, media is something else that went to the drawing board. The new 'media bar' is a side bar that allows you to play media online within your browser. It is intended to allow you to play media, videos etc without needing to open Media player, or realplayer or whatever your default player is. It works, and is easy to use. Again, not needed, but
                  still nice to have. Is it another way of monopolising, meaning you don't need to use other software? Well, it doesn't stop you using WinAMP or PCDJ, so I guess not. What about the more important floors, have they been fixed? Well, security is what I refer to. Netscape 6 has a nifty feature, that allows you to customise cookie saving etc, meaning you can decide what cookies are saved on your machine, and which aren't. This is great, as before, you enter a website, and you had no idea what cookies where being saved onto your computer. Cookies themselves are needed sometimes, for instance to remember shopping cart items, or login names on websites etc. But they are also prone to misuse by some people, and used for tracking your activity and sending information back to a server for on line profiling or to advertisers to target you with adverts that match your browsing habits. You sometimes get popup windows on sites flashing some advert, that is completely irrelevant to the site you are viewing, and probably the site owner has no idea where it came from. IE6 has used the same idea as Netscape and it allows you to customise what cookies it allows. Using pre-set security level settings, you can adjust the level of security which in turn changes the cookies it allows. You also have to option to exclude websites from these settings if you want cookies from this site, for instance you may want to exclude your online banking site, so it can save settings etc to your computer for easy access next time. Or your email site, so it can remember your passwords etc and personal settings. If it blocks a cookie, it shows an icon in the bottom taskbar, which, if you wish, you can click and view what it has blocked This makes IE6 a lot better than previous versions in terms of security. On the subject of cookies, they have also added a useful tool to the properties section of IE6. Where before you could delete your history and tempor
                  ary internet files from the properties box, it never deleted cookies from the folder you probably noticed. Well now they have added this option, which allows you to delete ALL cookies from the temporary internet files folder. This is good in a way, but can be a waste of time, as it will delete all cookies, and doesn't give you the option of only deleting some. Which means cookies you saved and want to keep will also go. This for instance will bring up the DooYoo selector each time, if you delete the cookie, or it wont remember your password on MyOwnEmail. So often you find it is better to go in and delete them yourself anyway. Is it still stable? Well, I must admit, it has surprised me in the stability line. They have crammed a lot into the browser and this usually results in it being more unstable, but so far it has not given me any problems. Load time hasn't been effect, it actually has been improved. Errors can be logged and viewed if you wish, the same way as you could in previous versions, by clicking the little error icon in the bottom left corner. This doesn?t really tell you much though, as it is usually a problem with the website, a JavaScript file is missing or something like that, and there isn't much you can do about it. But it now stores a log file, in a sense, which can be sent to Microsoft for analysis and they 'allegedly' can determine the fault and inform you on how to correct it. If this holds true I don't know, I have never used it. But with Microsoft you often find they charge you for such help, and you require all sorts of serial codes etc before they will help. Anything else? Yeah, loads, but I cant list everything it contains, as that would make this opinion to long. But it also has a web application creator. Allowing you to write your own WebPages etc, but I have never worked it out, and I think it requires Windows XP in order to run right. They have come down to the level of
                  Netscape in a way, by adding 'gimmicks'. For instance net-2-phone, that's something you probably will never use, and isn't really needed. Often these phone applications will only work on US phone lines anyway, and are useless to UK or any other country. I have never tried it so I don't know if that is the case with IE6, but Netscape have also included it in their browser too. MSN and Yahoo! Messenger is also incorporated into it, I'm not sure if Yahoo is a standard feature, as I think it integrates itself when you install it, but it is available from the tool menu and makes chatting easy when surfing. I already had it installed and I don't know if it installed when I installed IE6 or if it put itself there. Apart from that, it is roughly the same deal as IE5.5, with exception to the above mentioned features and a few more smaller ones. Is Outlook Express updated? Yup, you now have Outlook express 6. Is it any different to Outlook Express 5? Nope, apart from the new opening screen, which is no longer a white box with Outlook Express written in it. It is now a blue box with Outlook Express written in it, an improvement I must say! Apart from that, nothing has changed from what I can see, although I think security has been improved slightly, but nothing to write home about really. So what is the overall view? Well, its an improvement on IE5, but is still your basic Microsoft Internet Explorer. The only thing really that has changed is security. If you run IE5.5 and you often check onto Microsoft.com for upgrades, then you wont gain much with IE6, and most of what it offers has been available as an upgrade for IE5 for a while. IE6 just basically puts all these upgrades into one and does it all at once. You do get some new features, but unfortunately, you need to have Windows XP in order to really get a 'new' browser. If you run anything less then Windows 98, then I think you can forget I
                  E6, as Microsoft have forgotten about 95' (probably a wise choice, wasn't their best version) and so IE6 hasn't been designed with 95' in mind. It is still the best as far as I am concerned and will remain my default browser. But they have slacked a bit with this release, and it isn't anything special. Expect Netscape to start creeping in as Microsoft have left he door wide open for them I think. Especially as it even imports Netscape bookmarks and favourites for you, meaning you can run both browsers easily (It even has a help section telling you how to do it) You might as well download it, as you will have to eventually anyway, and you wont lose anything by installing it. But it is slow, and the CD installation is only available in the States, so you can wait for it to turn up on the front of magazines, or you can download it now, cable users wont have to worry, but modem users, best get the kettle on, it's going to take a while! For full comparison of IE5, IE6 and NS6 read my opinion on Netscape 6.

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                    08.09.2001 06:52
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                    So, yes, you really do get little blue 3D icons. My goodness, they look great, just popping up everywhere. What’s more, all sorts of new things can be seen, like different buttons, new opening screens, and more. If you are wondering whether to spend some time downloading this software, read on. If you’re going to do it anyway, or you’ve got a nice fast connection so it takes no time, then just get on with it. You know you’re going to get it sooner or later. You’ve probably worked out what my views are already, I mean just look at the title. Here’s the executive summary:- nothing in IE6 is any worse than IE5, and there are a few extra bits. This program really is nothing new from the user’s point of view. However, needless to say it’s got a selection of new odds and ends. If you’ve been diligently getting upgrades to your browser from magazine covers or even downloading them, you’ll have some already. Perhaps the ones you don’t see are the more important ones. There are various ‘security issues’ which seem to crop up like mushrooms, and every week or so it seems that Mr Gates has to release a patch to cure them. If this worries you, and we are told it should, then getting this new browser will fix a whole lot of these issues all in one go. One awaits the nerd savants bemoaning the extraordinary fact that it will also introduce a new lot but, hey, if you are using Windows this is not news to you. Another feature which has to be good news, and soon strikes the new user by the cunning trick of popping up a window, is more control over cookies. These little things do pass a lot of information to servers, and with IE6 we will be able to choose a lot more closely what this is. It will also control to some extent which cookies and other files are stored on your local machine – these are the things which get left behind every time you use the web, and allow a cunning user t
                    o come after you and work out what you have been looking at. No, I’m not feeling guilty either. Just thought you’d like to know, see? Installation was easy. Once going, and once MSN has been dismissed to where it belongs, I also must say that the information windows which appear are, oddly, very informative and do seem to make it fairly easy to use this program. It seems as though much thought has gone into this, and IE6 will definitely be usable by even the most new of newbies. However, be aware that it is a brand new release. This means it might crash, and, dear friends, it does. However, I've known worse and it does put up a terribly polite error message when it happens. Another point which might apply to you - I've read that to fully appreciate it you need to have Windows XP. I don't have that so I couldn't comment, but I do know that the whole thing simply refuses to install on Windows 95. If you still use Windows 95 - and why shouldn't you? - then don't bother with IE6. There are other new features, but really, they are not worth going into. I have not used Outlook Express 6 so I can’t tell you about that. Media Player 7, however, is very good and a helpful addition to the program. It seems to do all it should, quickly and without trouble. If you want something that looks cool and ’rOolZ’ then probably this is not it, but if you just want to play a range of media files this does the job. In fact, the whole thing does the job. I think that’s how I’ll leave it. You get the gist. It’s fine, it’s free, but don’t get too excited. Oh, and if you are thinking of downloading over a modem, my advice is to wait a month and get it on a magazine cover.

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                      For people who currently use Internet Explorer 5.x then you are unlikely to notice many changes in the latest version of this excellent software. Package Download ------------------- As with many Microsoft updates, they are available online and managed by the Windows Update facility. Although this allows products to be easily updated and installed, it can cause some problems. I had to disconnect my Internet connection part way through and then had trouble reconnecting to the server for a while - but eventually managed to complete the download. I preferred to download the entire (21Mb) package to enable installation on a variety of computers without having to be connected for each one - this took around 2 hours, but would have been shorter if I had installed straight of the Internet. Installation ----------- This was straightforward and caused no problems. Selecting the options to install is done by ticking boxes next to the item name and then the installer does the rest. After a restart the installation was complete. Internet Explorer ----------------- At first glance there are no differences. The icons have been made more 3D and "stylish" - but other than that, from the Desktop there's nothing else. All your favourites are imported, as were my Netscape bookmarks which was a surprise as this were done without being asked. However, the were neatly put into an "imported bookmarks folder". My dialup connection still worked as expected and after connecting to my ISP, I was shown a webpage asking me if I wanted to set my homepage to MSN or keep my current settings. I chose the latter, and this worked fine. The page downloaded and then I was presented with a small pop-up window. This was the first change I had seen. New to IE6 are privacy settings. You can control whether cookies are saved on your computer or not - and from these, either first-party or third-party can be cont
                      rolled seperately (options are accept, block or prompt), however, on a site which uses advertising it can be VERY annoying to be prompted constantly, so it's probably a good idea to avoid using "prompt" for third-party cookies. There's also a privacy report to show you which sites were allowed to create cookies and which were not. The only other noticeable difference is a new "Media" button in-between "Favourites" and "History". Clicking this presents you with the usual lefthand frame but this time displaying a list of media, and control buttons at the bottom to play, stop and navigate etc the media. The player can be undocked if required - but it's quite tidy where it is by default. This player uses the Microsoft Media Player 7 - which is included as part of the setup. Two particularly useful features for sharing pages with others are hidden under the "Mail" toolbar button. Although these were available in IE5.x - it wasn't until now that I noticed them - so I thought they were worth mentioning. They are called "Send a Link" and "Send Page". As they suggest, clicking on "Send a Link" creates a new e-mail message containing the website address (URL) so all you have to enter is the recipient's e-mail address and anything extra in the message. "Send Page" creates an exact HTML copy of the page in an e-mail (and seems to include all images etc). This worked suprisingly well and I have to say I was quite impressed and it's a great idea. Outlook Express 6 ------------------- As with the main part of IE6, there are few changes in Outlook Express 6. The startup logo is now blue - and is similar in style to the new look Hotmail. Microsoft branding at its best! All the features of Outlook Express 5.x are still there and my old messages and contacts were imported automatically. Conclusion ----------- Overall ther
                      e appear to be very few interface changes to the whole IE package, so there doesn't seem an awful lot of reason to upgrade - especially if you have to pay for your Internet connection charges. However, forgetting any security holes which may exist (and probably do given Microsoft's past history) it's always a good idea to have the most up-to-date browser available, both for compatibility with the latest technologies, but also security.

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