Internet Explorer 6.0 includes many new and enhanced features that can simplify the daily tasks you perform while helping you to maintain the privacy of your personal information on the Web. The integrated Advanced Search bar makes it a snap to find whatever you may be looking for on the Web. The Image Toolbar feature allows you to quickly and easily save pictures, e-mail pictures, and print pictures that you find on Web pages. You can also view all your saved pictures in the My Pictures folder. When you point to pictures on Web pages, the My Pictures toolbar appears, giving you instant access to My Pictures functions. Another new Explorer bar, the Contacts bar, allows MSN Messenger Service members to use instant-messaging features from within the browser window while they surf the Web. The Media Bar offers a seamless Web media experience. It provides a simple user interface for locating and playing media within the browser window. The Media Bar has simple controls that enable you to play music, video, or mixed-media files without opening a separate window. The Media Bar also lets you control the audio volume and choose which media files or tracks to play.
The advanced security features, such as the Cookie control feature and the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) will be an instant hit with many surfers. Many Web sites provide a privacy statement or a Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) policy that you can view with Internet Explorer 6.0. P3P helps protect the privacy of your personal information on the Internet by simplifying the process for deciding whether and under what circumstances personal information is disclosed to Web sites.
Internet Explorer 6.0 has also taken steps to improve Web browser reliability. When Internet Explorer stops or closes unexpectedly, it displays the new Internet Explorer Error Reporting Tool rather than the standard fault dialog box. The Internet Explorer Error Reporting Tool provides fault collection services. It offers to extract information about the Internet Explorer problem and upload the data to Microsoft for analysis.
Note: You must have Windows 98 or newer installed on your machine in order to run Internet Explorer 6.0. It features Active Setup (a 496K file), which requires that you maintain your Internet connection after you double click ie6setup.exe. Active Setup will prompt you to choose among various IE packages; these range in size from 8.5MB to more than 45MB, with a typical install of 11MB.