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The Operating System

Windows 98, released by Microsoft on May 15, 1998, marked an incremental advancement in the realm of personal computing. Inheriting its lineage from Windows 95, this operating system sought to refine its predecessor’s user interface and augment system stability, albeit with modest success. The introduction of the Internet Explorer 4.0 browser as an integrated component signaled Microsoft’s tentative embrace of the burgeoning World Wide Web. Noteworthy for its pioneering support of USB devices, Windows 98 endeavored to accommodate the evolving landscape of hardware connectivity. Despite these efforts, the operating system was not immune to the inherent quirks and inconsistencies that have become characteristic of Microsoft’s forays into software development.

The Web Browser

Internet Explorer 4.0, bundled with Windows 98, was a web browser released by Microsoft in October 1997. It represented a significant update to the Internet Explorer browser, introducing several new features and improvements. Notable enhancements included an integrated desktop interface, known as the Active Desktop, which allowed users to customize their desktop with web content. Internet Explorer 4.0 also introduced support for Dynamic HTML (DHTML), enabling more interactive and dynamic web pages. Additionally, it featured improved performance and stability compared to previous versions. Despite its advancements, Internet Explorer 4.0 faced criticism for its integration with the Windows operating system and its impact on competition in the browser market. This integration would eventually become an element of the United States v. Microsoft Corp. antitrust action.

Browser User Agent

When contacting webservers ‘Windows 98 RTM x86 with Internet Explorer 4.0’ will identify itself as ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 98)’.

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Emulation Platform

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