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How Can I Get Internet Explorer?
To access your e-mail
account, News, the World Wide Web, and other Internet services, you will need
a package of utilities. Some basic types of software for accessing Internet
services through your account are:
- E-Mail. To send and
receive e-mail, you will need an e-mail package. Eudora is frequently used.
- Web Browser. To access
the World Wide Web, you will need a browser. Some common browsers are Netscape
Navigator and Microsoft Explorer.
- News Reader. In order
to access the Internet News Groups, you will need a news reader such as
- FTP. To access FTP
sites to download files, you will need an FTP program.
- Telnet. Telnet, a
terminal emulator, allows the user to access UNIX sites. This is included
with Windows 95.
- Gopher. Gopher is
a menu-based system for finding information, in a text-only format, on various
computers connected to the Internet.
- IRC. Users can access
Internet Relay Chat to "talk" to other users on-line. Unlike a news reader,
IRC allows users to chat in "real time" rather than leaving messages.
These services are not
the only ones available on the Internet, but they are among the most commonly
used. This list simply demonstrates the variety of packages available. Many
systems come with some of these packages already loaded, and they are easy
to acquire from non-online sources. Many of these utilities are included in
Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Some users already have
a copy of Microsoft Internet Explorer installed or on a Microsoft Plus Pack
CD-ROM. Internet Explorer, which is free, provides a full, basic Internet
connectivity kit including e-mail, World Wide Web browser, and news reader
software. It may also be downloaded via FTP from the Microsoft FTP site.
To check if Internet
Explorer is already loaded on your system, click on "Start", and follow this
path of menu items: "Programs/Accessories/Internet Tools". In the "Internet
Tools" menu, you will see "Internet Explorer" if the software is loaded. If
it is not, please follow the directions in your system's documentation for
installing if from your Microsoft Plus Pack, if you have it.
You can also get a copy
of a customized Internet Explorer with a setup utility from SkyPoint
via FTP or on disk. Or, you can download
it from Microsoft.
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