Note: This version of IE 5.0 sets CNET.com as its home page. IE 5.0 features Active Setup (a 465K file), which requires that you maintain your Internet connection after you double-click ie5setup.exe. Microsoft recommends that you uninstall any preview releases of this software before installing the latest version. Active Setup will prompt you to choose among various IE packages; these range in size from 6MB to 45MB, with a typical install of 17.2MB.
Internet Explorer 5.0, the latest in this Web browser line, includes support for Dynamic HTML, Java, and the Channel Definition Format (CDF), and adds many new enhancements and features. AutoSearch now lets you choose your search engine and display search results in different ways. For example, you can choose to be redirected automatically to the best-matched site. In the history box, you can now sort the list of sites by date, site, most visited, or order visited. The new AutoComplete feature displays a drop-down list of matching sites when you start to type a URL in the address bar. AutoComplete also works with Web forms, displaying a list of previous entries when you start to type in a field on a Web site. To automate login processes even further, you can also now save usernames and passwords for particular sites.
Enhancements have been made to the Content advisor, making it easier to restrict access to sites based on content. Cross-platform support has also been enhanced, and several automation features have been added. Another new feature in 5.0 is the Radio Toolbar, which allows you to listen to radio stations over the Internet as you browse. IE also allows you to select the default email, calendar, newsgroup, and HTML editors of your choice. You can even designate your Web-based email provider as the default email program.