It's done! According to sources close to Microsoft, the long awaited Internet Explorer 5.0 has been released to manufacturing, and will be mailed to anyone that pre-ordered the CD version starting Monday. And next Wednesday, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to download IE 5.0 from the Microsoft Web site.

While Internet Explorer 5.0 looks a lot like its predecessor, it's a vastly improved suite of products. I'll have a full review of IE 5.0 ready for the launch next week