Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
If you are using an analog modem to connect to the Internet, there's some good news. On July 4, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) agreed to three useful new standards above and beyond the current V.90 modem specification.
Building on the success of the now ubiquitous V.90 Recommendation for modems at data rates up to 56kbit/s, important enhancements have now been agreed in new Recommendation ITU-T V.92. The enhancements are:
- An increase of more than 40% in the maximum data rate towards the network (Upstream) to a new maximum of 48 kbit/s on the best connections (above the former 33.6 kbit/s upload maximum - download speed remains at 56 kbit/s max)
- Significantly quicker start-up times on recognized connections
- The ability to put the modem 'on-hold' when the network indicates that an incoming call is waiting
These enhancements will give significant benefits to the modem user with improved access to interactive services, and the option of exploiting voice response facilities associated with Internet browsing.
Modems supporting the new technologies will be available sometime in Q4 2000.
So should you run out and upgrade to the new V.92 modems when they are available? I would only suggest you to upgrade if you do a lot of uploading from your current modem and you have a very clear phone line. Remember, if you are just browsing the Web, you are downloading a lot, but uploading just a little, and it is those upload speeds that are enhanced most. New modems will be a useful update if you buy a new PC, and will slowly take over as the current standard model of modems. If you plan on buying a new PC later this year, and you want a modem, just make sure you get the latest standard.
Microsoft Releases Service Pack 1 for Internet Explorer 5.01
Microsoft has quietly released Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to the Web. Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 provides the latest updates and security fixes to the Internet Explorer technology. Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 can be installed as an upgrade to existing versions of Internet Explorer, or on computers with no previous Internet Explorer installation.
If you are running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT® 4.0, installing Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 will upgrade your computer to 128-bit encryption. If you are running Windows 2000, installing Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 will not change the current level of encryption on your computer.
To download Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1, or order the CD-ROM, visit the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web site.
Internet Explorer 5.5
We all know that Internet Explorer 5.5 is ready, but Microsoft hasn't released it to the Web yet. Latest rumor I have heard (from a MS insider) is July 12, but those who know Microsoft know how much value we should give to those rumors. We just have to wait and see.
The Internet Explorer 5.5 Readme file is on-line however: IE 5.5 readme
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