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Windows 3.1, NT get new Explorer

Microsoft releases the final version of its Explorer 4.0 browser and Outlook Express email client for Windows 3.1 and NT 3.51.

Microsoft will release the final version of Internet Explorer 4.0 and Outlook Express email client today for Windows 3.1 and NT 3.51.

Just like Windows 95 users, the estimated 4 million Windows 3.1 home users and 2.5 million corporate users will be able to utilize Explorer 4.0's support of JavaScript and Webcasting features, for example.

"We think that for the first time, Windows 3.1 users will be able to take advantage of these new features, such as HTML email with Outlook Express, 'Security Zone' so they can feel safe on the Net, and Explorer Bars, which make it easy to search the Web or manage their 'favorites list,'" said Craig Beilinson, a product manager for Microsoft Explorer.

Corporate systems administrators can expect the Explorer Administration Kit for Windows 3.1 within the next 30 to 60 days, the company said. Home users can upgrade immediately via Explorer's Web site.

Earlier this month, Microsoft released Explorer 4.0 for the Macintosh.