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2 Chapter 1. What's New in Windows 98 In this chapter Faster, Smarter, Easier: Architectural Improvements in Windows 98 How Windows and the Web Work Together A New Way to Explore the Internet An Operating System That Maintains Itself Windows 98 at Home Windows 98 in the Office Faster, Smarter, Easier: Architectural Improvements in Windows 98 The new release of Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, goes beyond the original Windows 98 product. Since the release of the original Windows 98, many improvements have been imple- mented. For example, Windows 98 Second Edition adds new hardware support and improved online capabilities that include the use of enhanced Internet browsing, conferencing, and multimedia tech- nologies. The real emphasis is on greater Internet accessibility with the goal of providing a faster and easier way to take advantage of all that the Internet has to offer. Windows 98 Second Edition includes Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft's popular browser software. Release 5.0 of Internet Ex- plorer provides breakthroughs in Web performance, usability, and flexibility. Of the many changes that define Windows 98 Second Edition, the most prominent is the roll of Internet Explorer 5.0. It is tightly integrated into Windows 98, with no need to upgrade from Explorer 4.0 to 5.0 in an additional operation. And Windows 98 also does a superb job of getting the most out of all the new types of hardware and software that have sprung up over the last four years. · Windows 98 Second Edition is the ultimate maintenance release. It includes numerous updates, bug fixes, and usability modifications that make the product better than ever. · In all, Windows 98 contains drivers for more than 1,200 new devices, and virtually all of them support Plug and Play for simplified setup. Plug and Play is a technology that allows the operating system to automatically detect and configure a newly installed device. Some categories of hard- ware supported in Windows 98 didn't even exist when Windows 95 first hit store shelves. Most significant of all are peripherals that use the universal serial bus (USB). Universal serial bus technology (USB) allows multiple devices, such as keyboards, scanners, and digital video cameras, to be hot-swapped; that is, you do not have to turn off the PC to add or remove a device, and you do not have to reboot for the operating system to recognize the device. You can plug just about any type of device into a USB port, including mice, keyboards, modems, scanners, digital cameras, speakers, telephones, and more. This technology makes your PC incredibly more flexible and does away with the need for serial and parallel ports, IRQs, and other configuration hassles. See Chapter 21, "Configuring Hardware," and Chapter 22, "Adding New Hardware to Windows 98," for details on how to install new device drivers and configure peripherals.