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Evidence is mounting that Microsoft has a dual strategy on the integration of Internet Explorer with operating systems, just in case it is forced to separate the browser from Windows 2000. Microsoft is offering Unix versions of Internet Explorer 4.0 and IE 5.0 beta on its FTP site and has labelled them under a director called DeskApps. A software programmer said: "Does this mean that IE4 and IE5 are 'applications' which run under the Unix operating system, or has Microsoft taken over Unix too?" He added: "If they are applications, and presumably a large part of code is common to the Windoze versions, then why can't the Windoze versions be separate applications, just like the Unix ones are." Although Microsoft has always denied it, sources told The Register four years ago that it had dual application streams for future versions of Windows which integrated IE. ®

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