• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL

Chapter 4. What's New and Noteworthy in ... > Windows 98 Knows the Internet

Windows 98 Knows the Internet

Microsoft's new “hard core” approach to the Internet materialized a few months after Windows 95 hit the shelves. So although Windows 95 had drastically better Internet support than Windows 3.x, it was obvious that the Internet was still only a minor part of the overall Windows picture. Since then, it seems that just about everything Microsoft has done has been in some way related to the Internet. So it's no surprise that the Windows 98 tool chest is overflowing with Internet features and utilities. Here are the highlights:

Internet Explorer 4 built in: The big news on the Windows 98 Internet front is the incorporation of Internet Explorer 4 as an integral part of the operating system. This means that you not only get a standalone browser, but Internet Explorer features can also be found throughout the Windows 98 interface. For example, the taskbar and folder windows all have an Address toolbar into which you can type Web addresses, and there are Back and Forward buttons that enable you to “surf” your folders. Also, Windows Explorer has the browser technology built in, so you can navigate the Web alongside your local drives and network resources (see Figure 4.2). For the full story on Internet Explorer and the browser features incorporated into the Windows 98 interface, see Chapter 33, “Exploring the Web with Internet Explorer.”

Figure 4.2. In Windows 98, exploring Web sites isn't all that different than exploring your computer's local resources.

Internet Explorer 4 features: The fact that Internet Explorer is built into Windows 98 isn't the whole story, of course. Version 4 of Internet Explorer is chock-full of new features, including support for push technology and Dynamic HTML, enhanced security, improved history and search features, and numerous user interface improvements. Again, you'll find all of this covered in depth in Chapter 33.

Internet Connection Wizard: Getting connected to the Internet has never been easier, thanks to Windows 98's new Internet Connection Wizard. This wizard takes you through the entire process in the usual step-by-step wizard fashion, and it will even poll your Internet service provider for details about your connection. See Chapter 32, “Windows 98 and the Internet,” to find out more.

The Online Services folder: For even easier Internet connections, Windows 98 comes with a special Online Services folder. This folder contains icons for a few service providers, including America Online, CompuServe, and The Microsoft Network. See Chapter 32 to learn more.

Web-based upgrades with Windows Update: As you saw in Chapter 2, “From Disc to Disk: Installing Windows 98,” Microsoft has a new Web site devoted to analyzing your system and telling you whether updated Windows 98 device drivers and programs are available.

Outlook Express for Internet mail and news: Although Windows Messaging (formerly Microsoft Exchange) is still around in Windows 98, Internet email users will almost certainly prefer to use the new Outlook Express client. A subset of the Outlook desktop information manager, Outlook Express is optimized for the Internet and includes several new features, including the ability to specify multiple email accounts. This aspect of Outlook Express is covered in Chapter 34, “Outlook Express and Internet Email.” You can also use Outlook Express to read and post to Usenet newsgroups. I'll show you how it's done in Chapter 35, “Outlook Express and Usenet News.”

Support for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP): Outlook Express also comes with support for the LDAP standard for searching public and private address directories. As well, the Windows 98 Start menu comes with a new Find | People command that also supports LDAP.

Web publishing tools: If you're more interested in creating Web content than reading it, Windows 98 has a few tools that can help. FrontPage Express is a WYSIWYG HTML editor that takes much of the drudgery out of coding and designing Web pages; the Web Publishing Wizard takes you through the process of getting all your files from your computer to your server. Both of these tools are covered in Chapter 37, “Web Page Publishing with Windows 98.”

Remote conferencing with NetMeeting: Internet-based phone calls and intranet-based video conferencing are two of the hottest areas in communications right now. To take advantage of this, Windows 98 includes the NetMeeting conferencing software. You get the full scoop on this fascinating bit of technology in Chapter 36, “Remote Collaboration with Microsoft NetMeeting.”

Microsoft Wallet: This is a secure storage area you can add to Internet Explorer 4.0. You use it to store payment data, such as credit card numbers, ATM card data, digital certificates, and so on. With this information safely stowed away, you can conduct transactions on the Internet conveniently and without worrying about security. See Chapter 33 for the details.



Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial

  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint