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Introducing the Windows Desktop Update

When Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 4.0 (IE4), the company didn't just offer a Web browser: The complete IE4 package included an optional component called the Windows Desktop Update, which made radical changes to the interface that debuted in the original version of Windows 95.

With Windows 98 the Windows Desktop Update is no longer an option, but instead, is an integral part of the new operating system. Windows 98 also ships with Internet Explorer 5.0 (IE5), which is discussed in Chapter 27, "Web Browsing with Internet Explorer 4.0." If you're familiar with the original Windows 95 interface and haven't previously used IE4 or IE5, you'll notice the following interface changes when you install Windows 98:


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