In an effort to address concerns about online privacy, Microsoft Corp. is beta-testing new "privacy-enhancing" features for its latest web browser, Internet Explorer 5.5, which will be available to the schools and others by the end of the summer.

Although the two leading web browsers used by schools, Internet Explorer and Netscape, already include customizable features that notify users about incoming cookies, Microsoft's new features promise to give users a better understanding of different types of cookies and where they come from.

Cookies, or tiny files placed on a computer's...

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