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IE 4.0 sets up new battles

Microsoft's release of Internet Explorer 4.0 isn't just a matter of market share. It raises legal, financial, and technological issues.

With the release of Internet Explorer 4.0, Microsoft's goal is to capture more than 50 percent of the browser market. But this isn't simply a software upgrade: The release is raising legal, financial, and technological issues. CNET's NEWS.COM examines these ramifications in this special coverage.

IE 4.0 shakes industry
Latest developments
•  New Explorer finally here  update
•  IE users note NT install caveat
•  1 million IE downloads reported
•  Sun poking IE for Java compatibility  update
•  Sony, IE to browse on planes
•  Readers shun browser-OS integration   NEWS.COM Poll results
Wide impact of release
•  The problem of push  news analysis
•  Browser war affects advertising  news analysis
•  Antitrust questions dog Microsoft
•  IE 4.0: Better to wait for '98?
•  CompuServe cashes in on browser war
•  Some questions, answers  CNET Radio
Previous coverage
•  Policing Redmond's rise  special report
•  IE 4 gets ISP backing (September 17, 1997)
•  PC makers will bundle IE 4 (September 15, 1997)
•  Bug can crash IE 3, IE 4 (September 11, 1997)
•  IE beta bug risks hard disks (September 5, 1997)
•  Microsoft changes IE 4 (September 3, 1997)
•  Millions more may use IE (August 6, 1997)
Related CNET features
•  Netscape pulls a fast one  column