The final version of Internet Explorer 5.1 will come with Mac OS X 10.1 when it ships this fall, said Kevin Browne, general manager of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit in a special Macworld New York presentation. He said it will be a fully native Mac OS X application. Meanwhile, a version for Mac OS 8/9 is due this fall.
Jimmy Grewall, Microsoft product manager, said that IE 5.1 for Mac OS X would take advantage of the operating system’s power to add several new features. Users will be able to preview “skins” (appearance altering interface themes) on the browser using Web standards. There’ll be live window resizing.
“Internet Explorer 5.1 reflows the content of the page and reformats it multiple times per second,” Grewall said. “It combines the power of Mac OS X and power of the browser.”
He also promised that the next incarnation of IE would make it possible to view the “richest Java content out there.” It will also come with fully Carbonized plug-ins for QuickTime and Flash built-in.
Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac OS X is now available in a preview release edition.