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Windows 95 Service Pack Out

Microsoft today released the first Windows 95 Service Pack, with new stuff and the odd bug fix or two.

Microsoft today released the first Windows 95 Service Pack. Far from a mere bug fix version, Microsoft officials say, the pack is a collection of the company's latest and greatest device drivers, components, and tools for Windows 95. And a few bug fixes.

The Service Pack will be sent to customers enrolled in Microsoft Select, TechNet, and Microsoft Developer Network Level II. It is also available for download from Microsoft's site at no charge.

New components bundled in the Service Pack include the Windows NT Server management tools, enhanced network installation tools, and updated Windows 95 Hardware and Software Compatability Lists.

The pack also includes fixes for the operating system that have already been posted separately on Microsoft's Web site, including new file- and printer-sharing drivers and a fixed version of the password-list security.

Microsoft is also shipping today its Internet Assistant 2.0 for Microsoft Word for Windows 95.

Internet Assistant lets users generate Web pages from Word documents without having to know HTML. The new version also supports the latest Internet Explorer tags, such as marquee text and in-line video and provides an interface for inserting hyperlinks, images, and forms. It also lets users turn graphics into GIF format automatically.

Internet Assistant 2.0 can be downloaded from Microsoft's site.