Internet Explorer 4

Internet Explorer 4.0
Version of Internet Explorer
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Version4.0
Release date1997-09
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Internet Explorer 4 is a version of Internet Explorer, released in September 1997 for Windows and 6 January 1998 for Mac OS. It can run on Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT 3.51, NT 4.0, Mac OS 7.1+, and Solaris. Installing Internet Explorer 4 on Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 gave users an option to enable the 'Windows Desktop Update', which adds Internet Explorer integration to various parts of the OS. This includes replacing the traditional Windows Explorer with a web browser-like interface, and Internet-enabling the desktop itself via Active Desktop (which includes the infamous 'channel bar' of advertising links). Internet Explorer 4 shipped with Windows 95 OSR 2.5, Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition (4.01, albeit being an optional install and without Windows Desktop Update) and Windows 98 (4.01 SP1) and was later released for Macintosh.

This version also updates parts of the logo branding, using the well-known "e" icon introduced in Internet Explorer 3.

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

16-bit version[edit | edit source]

Platform Preview[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

32-bit version[edit | edit source]

Nashville Plus Pack[edit | edit source]

Alpha[edit | edit source]

Platform Preview 1[edit | edit source]

Platform Preview 2[edit | edit source]

Plus Beta 2[edit | edit source]

IE 4.01 Beta[edit | edit source]

IE 4.01 SP1 Beta[edit | edit source]

IE 4.01 SP2 Beta[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Easter egg[edit | edit source]

There's a hidden easter egg in this version. To activate the egg, open the About dialog box, drag the IE logo to the globe while holding the ⇧ Shift key, then push the "Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0" wordmark away. A "Unlock" button appears; click on it and drag the logo to the globe. The globe will zoom up and a list of Internet Explorer developers will show up.

Gallery[edit | edit source]