Windows 98, Second Edition is the fastest and most capable version of Microsoft's consumer operating system, short of Windows Millennium Edition (aka Windows Me). The oddly titled Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition documents most aspects of the operating system fully, and in about as much detail as anyone (short of a knowledgeable power user, or a network administrator) could want.
This book is largely a reprint of its predecessor (which stands to reason, as many of the improvements of Windows 98 SE are under-the-hood performance tweaks such as improved hardware support), and includes the earlier book's high-quality explanatory prose. It is well suited to anyone who suspects Windows can be made to do something, but needs some help in figuring out how.
Most of the new material deals with the Internet Explorer 5 suite, which didn't ship with the first Windows 98 release. The Internet tools get clear, easy-to-follow coverage. However, there is one glaring problem with this book: It makes no mention of Internet Connection Sharing, one of Windows 98 SE's chief attractions. A book about Windows 98 SE ought to cover this useful feature. On balance, if you don't already have a Windows 98 book and don't need to configure a machine for Internet sharing, this book is a decent choice. --David Wall, Amazon.com
Topics covered: Most features of Microsoft Windows 98 SE, including its means of managing files, running applications, displaying data and connecting to networks, including the Internet. The members of the Internet Explorer 5 suite--Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, FrontPage Express, NetMeeting and the rest--get lots of attention.