Microsoft Internet Explorer

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0Often abbreviated as IE or MSIE, Microsoft Internet Explorer is an Internet browser that allows computer users to view web pages on the Internet. Users can also use Internet Explorer to listen to and watch streaming content, access online banking, make purchases over the Internet, and much more.

Internet Explorer was first introduced in August 16, 1995 by Microsoft as Internet Explorer 1.0 and included with Microsoft Windows 95. Internet Explorer has been included with all versions of Windows since then with the latest and last version being Internet Explorer 11.

Note: With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Edge browser, with hopes it will replace Internet Explorer in the future.

Internet Explorer is a strong competitor with other Internet browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. Today, it is still one of the most widely used Internet browsers. The picture above is an example of what Internet Explorer 7.0 looks like with the Computer Hope homepage.

What are the versions of Internet Explorer?

Below is a listing of all of the versions of Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer 1 (IE 1) - Released in 1995.
  • Internet Explorer 1.5 (IE 1.5) - Released in 1995 for Windows NT.
  • Internet Explorer 2 (IE 2) - Released in November 22, 1995 for PC and later in 1996 for the Mac.
  • Internet Explorer 3 (IE 3) - Released in August 13, 1996 for PC and Mac.
  • Internet Explorer 4 (IE 4) - Released in September 1997 for PC and Mac.
  • Internet Explorer 4.5 (IE 4.5) - Released in 1999 for the Mac
  • Internet Explorer 5 (IE 5) - Released in 1999 for the PC and Mac.
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 (IE 5.5) - Released in July 2000.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6) - Released on August 27, 2001.
  • Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7) - Released on October 18, 2006.
  • Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) - Released on March 19, 2009.
  • Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) - Released on March 14, 2011.
  • Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) - Released on October 26, 2012.
  • Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) - Released on October 17, 2013.

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