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IE 4.0 now in Unix flavors

Hoping to convince large companies to standardize on its Web browser, Microsoft ships a Unix version of Internet Explorer 4.0.

Hoping to convince large companies to standardize on its Web browser, Microsoft (MSFT) today shipped a Unix version of Internet Explorer 4.0.

Announced last fall, the Unix version of IE runs on Sun Microsystems' Solaris Unix. The browser can be downloaded for free from Microsoft's Web site and from the Microsoft FTP server.

Microsoft is expected to offer versions of Internet Explorer on other Unix varieties, including Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX, IBM's AIX, and Silicon Graphics' SGI IRIX. The additional versions are expected to appear in roughly three-month intervals.

Microsoft today also introduced an updated version of a software tool aimed at giving corporate network administrators better control over deploying and managing IE on users' desktops. The Internet Explorer Administration Kit 4.01a supports IE on Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Windows NT 3.51, Unix, and the Macintosh.

The kit allows administrators to customize and deploy IE across multiple networked client systems from a central location. It can be downloaded for free from Microsoft's Web site.