Apple has delivered an update to the Microsoft
Internet Explorer Web browser provided with Mac OS X. Internet
Explorer 5.1.1 is still officially a preview version and is currently
available only through the Software Update control panel in System
Preferences; you can’t download it from the Microsoft or Apple Web
sites. Apple says Internet Explorer 5.1.1 improves the browser’s
reliability and provides better support for file downloading, among
other enhancements. The software supports English, Japanese, French,
German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Meanwhile, the Omni Group, long
time developers of software for the NeXT platform and, more recently,
for Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X, released a final version of OmniWeb 4.0, their
native Cocoa Web browser. OmniWeb has earned a reputation for offering
better performance than Internet Explorer, which is a carbonized version
of Microsoft’s existing version of Internet Explorer.