Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 15 July 2000, Vol 3 No. 28
 Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.5

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Microsoft has finally released the long-awaited Internet Explorer 5.5, more than a month after it was ready for shipping.

You can start by downloading the setup [505KB] file.

Internet Explorer 5.5

What's New

You won't notice many new features in IE 5.5. The only real addition from a user point of view is the Print Preview feature. Here's a list with the most important additions:

  • Enhanced HTML component (HTC) model
  • More control over user interface components, such as scroll bars, frames, and pop-up windows and menus
  • Improved rendering and layout interfaces for binary behaviors
  • More cascading style sheet (CSS) styles, such as the first-letter and first-line pseudo-elements
  • Vertical text, made possible by using the writingMode property
  • Enhanced HTML+TIME support
  • Print Preview
  • New HTML Editing features

For more information check our Web site.

There are some early indications that there may be some problems with the mshtml.dll file in Internet Explorer 5.5, with quite a number of people reporting crashes. For more information about this, join us on the Windows-Help.NET Support BBS

Windows Update Corporate Web site Preview

Microsoft has launched a new "Corporate" Windows Update Web site. The reference to "Corporate" is made because you can easily download updates for re-distribution to other users, essentially creating your own comprehensive download center. To find updates, you can search the site by:

  • Operating system
  • Component type (e.g. display drivers, modem drivers, etc.)
  • Date an update was posted to the Web
  • Manufacturer
  • Language

You can use up to three of these criteria to sort the updates, and then choose the number of results you want to see.

Intel "Willamette" to be released as Pentium 4

Pentium 4

Intel announced last month that its new processor, formerly known by its code name "Willamette", will be released as Pentium 4 later this year.

The P7-based Pentium 4 is the first totally new processor core from Intel since the P6-based Pentium Pro was released in October 1995. The Pentium 4 will debut at a speed of 1.4GHz, and interface with a high-speed 400MHz bus, compared with the 100 and 133MHz buses that are typical today.

"Around the world, PC users associate the Pentium brand with the highest PC performance, compatibility and quality available," said Pam Pollace, vice president, Intel Sales and Marketing Group, and director, Worldwide Marketing Operations. "Computer users will be able to instantly recognize the Pentium 4 processor as Intel's newest high-performance microprocessor."

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Virtual Channel Memory Head-to-Head Against SDRAM

VCM pitted against SDRAM under the scrutiny of MadOnion's 3DMark2000, how did it hold up?


How Fast is Virtual Channel Memory?

The speed of Virtual Channel Memory depends upon the yardstick one uses to measure it with.


Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Review

This month, Microsoft will release its first extensive collection of bug fixes for Windows 2000, in the form of a Service Pack 1 (SP1). So what is it about?


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Secure Web Based Messaging System, Inc. has launched its secure messaging web site, which allows Internet users to send and receive secure communications through a simple web interface from any global location. Users are able to communicate privately and securely from anywhere in the world without the need to change their current email address. is currently the only secure messaging system available to the Internet community.



This easy-to-use utility optimizes your Windows Internet connection for faster data transfer rates.

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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "The Office HTML Script" Vulnerability and a Workaround for "The IE Script" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Office 2000 (Excel and PowerPoint) and in PowerPoint 97. Microsoft has also documented a workaround that prevents the use of Microsoft Access to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. A patch for the latter vulnerability will be available soon.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Excel 2000
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 and 2000
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, 5.01 SP1, 5.01, 4.01 SP2

More information

  Recommended Web sites

Each month will will feature some Web sites here, which send us the most visitors to our Web sites in the previous month. We would encourage you to visit these Web sites.

The top performers (in number of visitors send to our sites) for June were:

  • Tweak3D - "Your freakin' source for Hardware Tweaking information."
  • - Canada's Best Online Computer Hardware/Software Support.
  • - Troubleshoot anything from Hardware, Software to Cars.
  • VirtualDR - Support forums for Windows, Macintosh, BeOS, Unix and more.
  • Modem Help - User assistance using modem and communications software.

The Top 15 sites are listed on our Web site.

  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.

Added: Virtual Channel Memory Head-to-Head Against SDRAM
Added: How Fast is Virtual Channel Memory?


Added: Patch Available for "The Office HTML Script" Vulnerability and a Workaround for "The IE Script" Vulnerability
Added: Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.5
Added: Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 breaks Office 2000 Help!

Windows 95

Updated: Internet Explorer 4: Security Patches

Windows 98

Updated: Internet Explorer 5: Security Patches
Updated: Internet Explorer 4: Security Patches

Windows 2000

Added: Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Review

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