Microsoft ends Explorer for Mac

Microsoft ends Explorer for Mac

Microsoft Corp. this week announced that Internet Explorer 5 will be the last browser the company produces for Mac OS platforms.

Apple Computer Inc. meanwhile is building its own browser, known as Safari. Beta testers have liked Safari and sent positive feedback, according to Apple representatives. They said Safari can import users' Explorer bookmarks, automatically block pop-up ads and provide an integrated search engine powered by Google. Although no release date for Safari has been set, the second beta version is downloadable now from www.apple.com.

A representative of Microsoft's Apple business unit said the absence of further Explorer support should not be seen as abandonment of the Mac platform. Two minor updates in the works for Explorer will still come out as scheduled, and Microsoft plans another full version of Office business software for the Mac.

Internet Explorer is the browser of about 90 percent of computer users worldwide, and Apple users make up about 5 percent of the overall market, according to industry estimates.

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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