In Brief: Mac IE 5 will feature auctions and streaming media

• Internet Explorer 5.0 for the Macintosh will ship with a new online auction feature. The Apple Macintosh has regained relevance as a consumer PC thanks to the popular iMac line, and Microsoft now sees it as a testing ground for features that might make it into future Windows releases of Microsoft products. The most interesting new feature of IE 5.0 for the Mac is Auction Manager, a client-side console that helps the user to track the progress of an online auction by displaying status variables, such as the current high bid.

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