There will be no more general beta releases of IE although members of the Site Builder programme will get an update. IE 4.0 will also be available as part of a Starter Kit with hints and tips and free access time.
Microsoft usually offers one or two late surprise feature in its IE releases but Internet platforms product manager Martin Gregory was cagey on what they might be. However, he did disclose that users could expect a smoother Active Desktop and tweaks to dialogue boxes and other UI bells and whistles.
Gregory said Microsoft will not follow Netscape and offer a separate browser. "IE has always been a granular install. You don't have to install the news reader or NetShow if you don't want them, for instance," he said.
Gregory said that he personally estimates that Microsoft now has just over half the browsers being used in the UK.