Microsoft Internet Explorer

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

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

Internet Explorer history

Internet Explorer was first introduced on August 16, 1995 by Microsoft as version 1.0 and it came with Microsoft Windows 95. With the exception of Windows 10, Internet Explorer has been included with all versions of Windows since its inception. The latest and last version (which was included with Windows 8) was Internet Explorer 11.

Market share

While it still has more users than it's replacement, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer has lost a lot of ground over the years. While still close in numbers to Firefox, Opera, it trails behind Safari and all browsers are far behind Google Chrome. The screenshot above is an example of what Internet Explorer 7.0 looked like with the Computer Hope homepage loaded.

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 on November 22, 1995 for PC and later in 1996 for the Mac.
  • Internet Explorer 3 (IE 3) - Released on 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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