Microsoft IE 6 launch not without drama

Just a couple of days after Microsoft releases the latest version of Internet Explorer, and controversy has already begun to dog the software giant.

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By  Robin Duff Published  August 28, 2001

Just a couple of days after Microsoft releases its latest version of Internet Explorer, and controversy has already begun to dog the software giant.

Sun Microsystems has been angered by the fact that Microsoft has completely dropped Java support from Internet Explorer 6.0: users who want to see Web pages built using Java will now be forced to download a patch to see them, unless they are upgrading from a previous version of Internet Explorer.

Support for Netscape plug-ins has also been removed. Microsoft has apparently decided to drop the plug-ins (software that lets users play music and videos etc.) in favour of its own ActiveX technology. According to Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan, the move was made to increase security.

The free version of IE 6.0 is likely to be exactly the same version as the one which will appear as part of Windows XP. The new features being hyped by Microsoft include; the ability to simply download and print pictures off Web pages and play music and videos, in addition to enhanced security.

Internet Explorer 6 can be downloaded free from www.microsoft.com/windows/ie

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