Microsoft Corporation announced Monday that its eagerly awaited Internet Explorer 5.0 (IE 5) browser suite would become available on March 18, 1999, as reported previously in WinInfo. On that day, Microsoft will simultaneously deliver IE 5.0 for Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows NT 3.51, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 3.1, Sun Solaris and HP-UX. In the following weeks, Microsoft will also be delivering 10 international versions of IE 5.0, with 16 additional language versions to be made available in the weeks following. And beginning today, customers can pre-order IE 5.0 on CDROM (about $7 U.S.) to avoid long waits on the Web next month.

"Customer interest in Internet Explorer 5 has been unprecedented to date, with beta downloads outpacing Internet Explorer 4.0 beta downloads by more than three to one," said Yusuf Mehdi, director of Windows marketing at Microsoft. "We're on the road to delivering a browser that will make it significantly easier to use the Web, and we are excited to offer customers the opportunity to preorder their copy now.