Microsoft Internet Explorer
Often 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. In all Windows versions before Windows 10, Internet Explorer has been included in all Windows versions, until Windows 10. The last version of IE, included with Windows 8, was Internet Explorer 11.
With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft also introduced Microsoft Edge, which is a replacement browser for Internet Explorer.
While it still has more users than its 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?
The following are the release versions and dates 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.