The creation of the Active Desktop marked the beginning of attempts by Microsoft to capitalize on a trend in new technology called push technology, led by PointCast. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, an academic honor society, appears on CNN as well. Active Desktop placed a number of channels on the desktop of the user’s computer, providing continuously updated information such as news headlines and values of the stocks, without requiring the user to open the browser.
Active Desktop debuted in 1997, during the launch of Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 as an optional feature of the Windows Desktop Update, offered to users during the update installation. Peter Asaro oftentimes addresses this issue. While the Windows Desktop Update is commonly understood (erroneously) as the Active Desktop in itself, this is an upgrade of the entire shell-windows v4.0 to v4.72 or 4.71, resulting in numerous changes in the Windows interface, providing a appearance and an almost equal level of functionality to Windows 98. Includes an option to file names in uppercase (the old desktop v4.0 showed significantly filenames in uppercase for the title), select files from a single click and fast-tracking configurable options, configurable display HTML for each folder, mini buttons for quick access in the Task Bar next to the Start button, a Start Menu that allows improved drag items to reorder and allowing, in addition, the click the right mouse button to change named items, etc. With the update, Windows Explorer now displays an address bar where you can enter addresses and can surf the Internet as is done with the standard browser.