Although the blend of the browser and the OS that is Windows 98 offers seamless interoperability between the two, it brings greater consequence to the annoying, but generally harmless, browser crash.
CNET Reviews: Windows 98
"If you already use IE 4.0's Active Desktop, Windows 98 will look completely familiar. There are many subtle variations between Windows 95 and Windows 98, but 'true Web integration' is the defining difference. Win 98 integrates the Web browser and Windows Explorer, so your PC views the Internet as nothing more than a large, slow network drive."
"Be wary...of Win 98's browser/OS integration, since one bad browser crash can take down your whole system," stated a CNET review of the Windows upgrade. "On the other hand, Windows 98 crashes far less than Windows 95 with IE 4.x, its Internet access is cleaner, and its backup and maintenance tools help protect your critical data."
In a previous interview with NEWS.COM, Windows 98 product manager Rob Bennett acknowledged the problem, but he noted that Windows 98 and the latest version of IE are much more stable than previous versions.