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Windows Internet Explorer
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.Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer; abbreviated to MSIE or, more commonly, IE), is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. It has been the most widely used web browser since 1999, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003 with IE5 and IE6.^ Usage share of Internet Explorer, 1996–2006 The adoption rate of Internet Explorer seems to be closely related to that of Microsoft Windows, as it is the default web browser that comes with Windows.

^ Using search Internet Explorer 7 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 Keyboard Shortcuts 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.keyxl.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.That percentage share has since declined in the face of renewed competition from other web browsers – Mozilla Firefox most of all.^ I use Firefox and Mozilla all the time.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ And it is supported by all other browsers already...
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ IE or FireFox or Opera or any other browser all have security holes.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

Its usage share now sits at approximately 50% to 60% and is trending downward. Microsoft spent over $100 million a year on IE[1] in the late 1990s, with over 1,000 people working on it by 1999.[2]
.The latest release is Internet Explorer 8, which is available as a free update for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or later, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008, and is included with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.^ Availability of Microsoft Windows 95 Service Pack 1 .
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer was originally going to be omitted from Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in Europe, but Microsoft later dropped the plans, and instead included a browser ballot screen with the products, allowing users to select a different web browser if they wish.^ I’m a Mac user, so Internet Explorer is not for me anymore.
  • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

[3][4][5][6] .Versions of Internet Explorer for other operating systems have also been produced, including Internet Explorer Mobile (Windows CE and Windows Mobile), Internet Explorer for Mac (discontinued) and Internet Explorer for UNIX (Solaris and HP-UX).^ Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) (discontinued) .
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 4 was the first version integrated into Windows Explorer and other core parts of Windows.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For version 7, the name has changed to " Windows Internet Explorer ".
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Contents

Overview

Internet Explorer was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for .Windows 95 in 1995. Later versions were available as free downloads, or in service packs, and included in the OEM service releases of Windows 95 and later versions of Windows.^ Microsoft Windows 95 Service Pack 1 Admin.doc File (1 of 3) .
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ The most recent release is version 7.0, which is available as a free update for Windows XP with Service Pack 2, and Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1.

^ Microsoft Windows 95 Service Pack 1 142794 Availability of Microsoft Windows 95 Service Pack 1 For additional...
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

.Other versions available since the late 1990s include an embedded OEM version called Internet Explorer for Windows CE (IE CE) available for WinCE based platforms and currently based on IE6. Internet Explorer for Pocket PC, later rebranded Internet Explorer Mobile for Windows Mobile was also developed, and remain in development alongside the more advanced desktop versions.^ The current desktop version of Windows is Windows Vista.

^ Internet Explorer 4 was the first version integrated into Windows Explorer and other core parts of Windows.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

History

Internet Explorer 3.0.1 for Windows 3.1 banner
The Internet Explorer project was started in the summer of 1994[citation needed] by Thomas Reardon,[7] leveraging source code from Spyglass, Inc. Mosaic, an early commercial web browser with formal ties to the pioneering NCSA Mosaic browser. .In late 1994, Microsoft licensed Spyglass Mosaic for a quarterly fee plus a percentage of Microsoft's non-Windows revenues for the software.^ In 1995, Microsoft licensed Spyglass Mosaic from Spyglass for a quarterly fee plus a percentage of Microsoft's revenues for the software.

^ In 1995, Spyglass Mosaic was licensed by Microsoft in an arrangement under which Spyglass would receive a quarterly fee plus a percentage of Microsoft's revenues for the software.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ I was a confirmed Microsoft user for desktop software until the late 1990's.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Although bearing a name similar to NCSA Mosaic, Spyglass Mosaic had used the NCSA Mosaic source code sparingly.^ Although bearing a name similar to NCSA Mosaic , which was the first widely used browser, Spyglass Mosaic was relatively unknown in its day and used the NCSA Mosaic source code only sparingly Template:Cite web .
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although bearing a name similar to NCSA Mosaic, which was the first widely used browser, Spyglass Mosaic was relatively unknown in its day and used the NCSA Mosaic source code only sparingly [2].
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Although bearing a name similar to NCSA Mosaic, which was the first widely used browser, Spyglass Mosaic was relatively unknown in its day and used the NCSA Mosaic source code only sparingly.

[8]
Internet Explorer 1

Internet Explorer

.Internet Explorer 1 debuted on August 16, 1995. It was a reworked version of Spyglass Mosaic which Microsoft had licensed, like many other companies initiating browser development, from Spyglass Inc.^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Tags: Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers antitrust European Commission .
  • InternetNews.com -- Tags -- Internet Explorer 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.internetnews.com [Source type: General]

^ The internet explorer graph is an exact opposite of the Other Browsers graph!
  • Internet Explorer Extinct By 2013? 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.sitepoint.com [Source type: General]

It came with Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95 and OEM release of Windows 95. It was installed as part of the Internet Jumpstart Kit in Plus!.[9] .The Internet Explorer team began with about six people in early development.^ The Internet Explorer team began with about half a dozen people in early development.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - Kosmix : Reference, Videos, Images, News, Shopping and more... 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC computers.kosmix.com [Source type: General]

^ Learn about Internet Explorer 8 .
  • Internet Explorer 8 - Kosmix : Reference, Videos, Images, News, Shopping and more... 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kosmix.com [Source type: General]

^ Stop developing Internet Explorer.
  • Google Chrome Frame & Google Wave not supporting any version of Internet Explorer - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

[10][11] .Internet Explorer 1.5 was released several months later for Windows NT and added support for basic table rendering.^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Close all Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer windows.
  • Internet Explorer (Not Responding) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.anetforums.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.However, by including it for free on their OS they did not have to pay royalties to Spyglass Inc., which resulted in a lawsuit and multi-million USD settlement.^ As a result, they don't pay the slightest attention to market share of anything -- browsers, mail clients, operating systems, web servers, it doesn't matter.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ Just like they did with Windows 3.1 (IBM OS/2) and Windows 95 (Macintosh) It's not often they truly think of their own ideas.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Weblog authors are solely responsible for the content and accuracy of their weblogs, including opinions they express, and O’Reilly Media, Inc., disclaims any and all liabililty for that content, its accuracy, and opinions it may contain.
  • Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Released - InsideRIA 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.insideria.com [Source type: General]

Internet Explorer 2

.Internet Explorer 2 was released for Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5, and NT 4.0 on November 22, 1995 (following a 2.0 beta in October).^ Close all Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer windows.
  • Internet Explorer (Not Responding) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.anetforums.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 download .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.It featured support for SSL, cookies, VRML, RSA, and Internet newsgroups.^ The company released Windows 98 , an update to Windows 95 that incorporated a number of Internet-focused features and support for new types of devices.

^ Windows Features screen captured by AeroXperience, Internet Explorer 8 can now be removed just like Tablet PC support or Chess Titans.
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer (from here on out refered to simply as “IE”) does not support many features… .
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

.Version 2 was also the first release for Windows 3.1 and Macintosh System 7.0.1 (PPC or 68k), although the Mac version was not released until January 1996 for PPC, and April for 68k.^ Released on August 13 1996 , it introduced support for ActiveX controls, Java applets , inline multimedia, and the PICS system for content metadata .
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since the integration of Internet Explorer 2.0 with Windows 95 OSR 1 in 1996, and especially after version 4.0's release, the adoption was greatly accelerated: from below 20% in 1996 to about 40% in 1998 and over 80% in 2000.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer's original logo Internet Explorer was not widely used until the release of version 3 , which was the first version developed without Spyglass sources (although still using Spyglass "technology", so the Spyglass licensing information remained in the program's documentation).
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[12] .Version 2.1 for the Mac came out in August 1996, although by this time Windows was getting 3.0. Version 2 was included in Windows 95 OSR 1 and Microsoft's Internet Starter Kit for Windows 95 in early 1996,[13] It launched with twelve languages including English but this expanded to 24, 20, and 9 for Win 95, Win 3.1 and Mac respectively by April 1996.[14] The 2.0i version supported double-byte character-set.^ Well done Microsoft; although it's not before time!
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Version 3 also came bundled with Internet Mail and News, NetMeeting, and an early version of the Windows Address Book, and was itself included with Windows 95 OSR 2.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This version also was included with Windows 98.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14]
Usage share of Internet Explorer, 1994–2009[15]

Internet Explorer 3

.Internet Explorer 3, was released on August 13, 1996, and went on to be much more popular than its predecessors.^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Q: Is Firefox more secure than Internet Explorer?
  • Home Computer Security Tips 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC homepage.mac.com [Source type: General]

^ Pros: Compability,much faster than internet explorer 6.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.It was developed without Spyglass source code, although still crediting Spyglass "technology" in the program's documentation.^ However the source code is still closed.
  • Firefox Myths > Comments 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.osnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer was not widely used until the release of version 3, which was the first version developed without Spyglass sources (although still using Spyglass "technology", so the Spyglass licensing information remained in the program's documentation).

^ Internet Explorer was not widely used until the release of version 3, which was the first version developed without Spyglass sources.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support, although this support was only partial.^ The absolute worst browser when it comes to supporting the standards is Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Google Wave not supporting Internet Explorer .
  • Google Chrome Frame & Google Wave not supporting any version of Internet Explorer - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

.It also introduced support for ActiveX controls, Java applets, inline multimedia, and the PICS system for content metadata.^ Released on August 13 1996 , it introduced support for ActiveX controls, Java applets , inline multimedia, and the PICS system for content metadata .
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Released on August 13, 1996, it introduced support for ActiveX controls, Java applets, inline multimedia, and the PICS system for content metadata.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ See the linked advisories, "What steps could I follow to prevent the control from being silently re-introduced onto my system?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Version 3 also came bundled with Internet Mail and News, NetMeeting, and an early version of the Windows Address Book, and was itself included with Windows 95 OSR 2. Version 3 proved to be the first more popular version of Internet Explorer, which brought with it increased scrutiny.^ Internet Explorer 4 was the first version integrated into Windows Explorer and other core parts of Windows.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ The version of Windows Internet Explorer 8 outlined below will run on a ...
  • Internet Explorer 8 - Blog Toplist 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.blogtoplist.com [Source type: General]

.In the months following its release, a number of security and privacy vulnerabilities were found by researchers and hackers.^ In the months following its release, a number of security and privacy vulnerabilities were found by researchers and hackers.

^ In the months following its release, a number of security and privacy vulnerabilities were being found by researchers and hackers.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft is encouraging users to disable the vulnerable ActiveX controls -- even in versions of Windows not known to be affected by the security problem -- until it can release an emergency patch later this month.
  • Internetexplorer — Switched 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer — Switched 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]

.This version of Internet Explorer was the first to have the 'blue e' logo.^ I am using Internet Explorer 7.0 version.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ What is the currnet version of internet explorer?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[16] .The Internet Explorer team consisted of roughly 100 people during the development of three months.^ Microsoft on Tuesday issued two out-of-band security patches -- one for the development tools suite Visual Studio and another for Internet Explorer .
  • internet explorer - SC Magazine US 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.scmagazineus.com [Source type: News]
  • internet explorer - SC Magazine US 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.scmagazineus.com [Source type: News]

^ Today the Internet Explorer team announced the Accelerator Platform on Windows 7 which basically takes the concept and applies it to the operating system itself.
  • Internet Explorer Accelerator Platform on Windows 7 | Windows 7 News 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC windows7news.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer was not widely used until the release of version 3, which was the first version developed without Spyglass sources.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

[1] .The first major IE security hole, the Princeton Word Macro Virus Loophole, was discovered on August 22, 1996 in IE3.[11] Backwards compatibility was handled by allowing users who upgraded to IE3 to still use the last IE, because the installation converted the previous version to separate directory.^ And only because the new versions of IE support certificates on downloads, it still leaves the user as the main security hole.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The last version of MSWindows that I used was Win98.
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^ Most of users are using previous versions (i.e.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[17]

Internet Explorer 4

.Internet Explorer 4, released in September 1997 deepened the level of integration between the web browser and the underlying operating system.^ Clearing Web history in Internet Explorer .
  • HelpLine | Your computer problems solved with Jay Lee | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft's latest browser, released in 2009.
  • Internet Explorer 8 - Kosmix : Reference, Videos, Images, News, Shopping and more... 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kosmix.com [Source type: General]

^ Version 4, released in September 1997, deepened the level of integration between the web browser and the underlying operating system.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Installing version 4 on a Windows 95 or Windows NT 4 machine and choosing Windows Desktop Update would result in the traditional Windows Explorer being replaced by a version more akin to a web browser interface, as well as the Windows desktop itself being web-enabled via Active Desktop.^ The current desktop version of Windows is Windows Vista.

^ Installing version 4 on a Windows 95 or windows NT 4 machine and choosing "windows desktop update" would result in the traditional Windows Explorer being replaced by a version more akin to a web browser interface, as well as the Windows desktop itself being web-enabled via Active Desktop .
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ How to Install the Windows 95 Year 2000 Update Without Installing Internet Explorer .

The integration with Windows, however, was subject to numerous packaging criticisms (see United States v. Microsoft). .This option was no longer available with the installers for later versions of Internet Explorer but was not removed from the system if already installed.^ Review: internet explorer is handy - in the sense that it's already installed with windows.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Final version of Internet Explorer 8 now available for download .

.Internet Explorer 4 introduced support for Group Policy, allowing companies to configure and lock down many aspects of the browser's configuration as well as support for offline browsing.^ The absolute worst browser when it comes to supporting the standards is Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Group Policy Internet Explorer is fully configurable using Group Policy.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

[18] .Internet Mail and News was replaced with Outlook Express, and Microsoft Chat and an improved NetMeeting were also included.^ Internet Mail and News was replaced with Outlook Express, and Microsoft Chat and an improved NetMeeting were also included.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Mail and News was replaced with Outlook Express , and Microsoft Chat and an improved NetMeeting were also included.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He noted that many software systems and applications are dependent on IE's HTML rendering engine embedded into other Microsoft applications, such as e-mail client Microsoft Outlook.
  • Internet Explorer posts - Digital Media - CNET News 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.This version also was included with Windows 98.^ This version also was included with Windows 98.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This version also was included with Windows 98 .
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Version 7.0 of Internet Explorer has been renamed Windows Internet Explorer , as part of Microsoft's rebranding of component names that are included with Windows.

.New features were added which allow you to save and retrieve posts in comment forms which are still not being used today.^ Post new comment .

^ You gotto admit that the new features they added are nice and quite useful .
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No new comments can be posted.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 4.5 offered new features such as easier 128-bit encryption.^ This section is new to Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2.
  • CODE Magazine - Article: New Search Features in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.code-magazine.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 features a bunch...
  • Internet Explorer 8 - Kosmix : Reference, Videos, Images, News, Shopping and more... 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kosmix.com [Source type: General]

^ IE8 looks nearly identical to the older version, but it contains some important new features, such as the SmartScreen filter and Web Slices.
  • Internet Explorer 8 - Kosmix : Reference, Videos, Images, News, Shopping and more... 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kosmix.com [Source type: General]

It also offered a dramatic stability improvement over prior versions, particularly the 68k version which was especially prone to freezing.[19][20][21]
Market Share History Snapshot
for February, 2005[22]
IE4 - .07%
IE5 - 6.17%
IE6 - 82.79%

Internet Explorer 5

.Internet Explorer 5, launched on March 18, 1999, and subsequently included with Windows 98 Second Edition and bundled with Office 2000, was another significant release that supported bi-directional text, ruby characters, XML, XSLT and the ability to save web pages in MHTML format.^ Windows 2000 included Internet Explorer 5.01 instead.
  • Internet Explorer - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Internet Explorer 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC pustakalaya.olenepal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ File Listing for Internet Explorer 5.5 for Windows 2000 (1 of 2) .

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

IE5 was bundled with Outlook Express 5. .Also, with the release of Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft released the first version of XMLHttpRequest, giving birth to Ajax (even though the term "Ajax" wasn't coined until years later.^ Internet Explorer was not widely used until the release of version 3, which was the first version developed without Spyglass sources.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ It requires Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or greater.
  • CLICK: Internet Explorer Archives 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: General]

) .It was the last with a 16-bit version.^ Even though last version for Windows compiled is 0.9.16, it should be capable to run IE6 under Vista (probably 32bit only) as it was possible to run it under Linux in that version.
  • Internet Explorer 6 in Windows Vista (IE6) - part 1 | TredoSoft 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC tredosoft.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 5.01, a bug fix version, was released in December 1999. Windows 2000 includes this version.^ Internet Explorer 5.01 File List (1 of 3) .

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ It is completely irresponsible that Microsoft does not release a version for Windows 2000.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 5.5 followed in July 2000, improving its print preview capabilities, CSS and HTML standards support, and developer APIs; this version was bundled with Windows Me.^ Internet Explorer 8 preview said: .

^ Internet Explorer 8 preview … .

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.However, version 5 was the last version for Mac and UNIX.^ (We had Mac and Unix versions of IE in an earlier day when browser share was our only success metric.
  • Tonynet Explorer: Internet Explorer/Work Archives 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.tonychor.com [Source type: General]

^ That even leaves out the last version of IE that Microsoft deigned to produce for Mac's OS X. .
  • CLICK: Internet Explorer Archives 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows, Mac and UNIX versions are all available.
  • Security Watch: Internet Explorer 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blogs.pcmag.com [Source type: General]

.Version 5.5 was the last to have Compatibility Mode, which allowed Internet Explorer 4[23] to be run side by side with the 5.x.^ It requires Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or greater.
  • CLICK: Internet Explorer Archives 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: General]

^ I am using Internet Explorer 7.0 version.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ The following requirements are necessary to run Internet Explorer version 4.5 for Macintosh: .
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

[16][24] .The IE team consisted of over 1,000 people by 1999, with funding on the order of 100 million USD per year.^ Microsoft spent over $ 100 million a year on IE in the late 1990s, with over 1,000 people working on it by 1999.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - Kosmix : Reference, Videos, Images, News, Shopping and more... 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC computers.kosmix.com [Source type: General]

^ Ever since dumping IE completely this year, my internet experience has got a million times better.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ We created these guidelines to respond to demand from the developer community and to help share the thinking of the IE team, gathered from years of providing support to users and developers.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[1][2]
Market Share History Snapshot
for October 2008[25]
IE4 - 0.01%
IE5 - 0.20%
IE6 - 37.01%

Internet Explorer 6

.Internet Explorer 6 was released on August 27, 2001, a few months before Windows XP.^ Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) (discontinued) .
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Close all Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer windows.
  • Internet Explorer (Not Responding) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.anetforums.com [Source type: General]

.This version included DHTML enhancements, content restricted inline frames, and partial support of CSS level 1, DOM level 1 and SMIL 2.0.[26] The MSXML engine was also updated to version 3.0. Other new features included a new version of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK), Media bar, Windows Messenger integration, fault collection, automatic image resizing, P3P, and a new look-and-feel that was in line with the Luna visual style of Windows XP, when used in Windows XP. Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 offered several security enhancements and coincided with XP SP1 patch release.^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 includes several print enhancements.
  • Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) (discontinued) .
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.In 2002, the Gopher protocol was disabled and support for it was dropped in Internet Explorer 7.[27] Internet Explorer 6.0 SV1[28] came out August 6, 2004 for Windows XP SP2 and offered various security enhancements and new color buttons on the user interface.^ I’m a Mac user, so Internet Explorer is not for me anymore.
  • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.IE6 updated the original 'blue e' logo to a lighter blue and more 3D look.^ Graphics are updated over IE6 so it looks more up-to-date.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ I was angry and frustrated about reports from IE7 beta 1, but now I have more patience and look forward to future updates.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ After learning about how much more secure IE7 is than IE6 I updated to IE7.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

[16]

Internet Explorer 7

.Internet Explorer 7 was released on October 18, 2006. It includes bug fixes, enhancements to its support for web standards, tabbed browsing with tab preview and management, a multiple-engine search box, a web feeds reader, Internationalized Domain Name support (IDN), Extended Validation Certificate support, and anti-phishing filter.^ October 18, 2006 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer has its place but it is not for mainline web browsing.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.With IE7, Internet Explorer has been decoupled from the Windows Shell - unlike previous versions, the Internet Explorer ActiveX control is not hosted in the Windows Explorer process, but rather runs in a separate Internet Explorer process.^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ It requires Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or greater.
  • CLICK: Internet Explorer Archives 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: General]

^ Close all Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer windows.
  • Internet Explorer (Not Responding) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.anetforums.com [Source type: General]

.It is included with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, and is available for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and later, and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and later.^ Availability of Microsoft Windows 95 Service Pack 1 .
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ Microsoft also stated that Internet Explorer 7 will only be available for Windows XP SP2 and later, including Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ APM was dropped with Vista, but it was really dropped in XP x64 and Windows Server 2003 .
  • IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: August 22nd, 2009 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC boycottnovell.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The original release of Internet Explorer 7 required the computer to pass a Windows Genuine Advantage validation check prior to installing, but on October 5, 2007, Microsoft removed this requirement.^ Review: internet explorer is handy - in the sense that it's already installed with windows.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.As some statistics show, by mid-2008, Internet Explorer 7 market share exceeded that of Internet Explorer 6 in a number of regions.^ After having fought and won the browser wars of the late 1990s, Internet Explorer began to see its usage share shrink.
  • What is Internet Explorer ?Give answer in detail.? - Yahoo! Answers 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ He COMPLETELY ignores the fact that in the previous portion of the entry, it clearly shows Internet Explorer's default button selection is "Run".
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Details of the next Internet Explorer were announced yesterday, and ad industry executives are concerned about some of the privacy options.
  • Internet Explorer 8’s InPrivate Could Block Advertising | Epicenter | Wired.com 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[29]

Internet Explorer 8

A map Accelerator using the IE8 Accelerators Smart tag
.Internet Explorer 8 was released on March 19, 2009. It had been in development since August 2007 at the latest.^ March 19, 2007 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Stop developing Internet Explorer.
  • Google Chrome Frame & Google Wave not supporting any version of Internet Explorer - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

[30] .On March 5, 2008, the first public beta (Beta 1) was released to the general public.^ IE7 Beta 2 follows a preview release in January and a layout-complete build that debuted at MIX 06 in March.
  • Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Released | Betanews 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tuesday, January 15, 2008 11:50 PM by MOST MOST » Blog Archive » First Public Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Available PingBack from http://mm8.za.net/?p=948 .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ A new IE Web site is promoting the beta, which Microsoft is targeting at both enthusiasts and the general public.
  • Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Released | Betanews 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[31] .On August 27, 2008, the second public beta (Beta 2) was released.^ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:53 PM by Sagi about acid test..
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 10:11 PM by Bob Pretty happy so far.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 7:43 PM by Dervis Kemal Best version of IE yet!
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[32] .It is supported in Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on both 32-bit as well as 64-bit architectures.^ "Can only run on Windows Xp Sp2".
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows Server 2008 R2 .
  • Internet Explorer | Windows 7 News 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC windows7news.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You’ll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[33] .Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) RC1 was released on January 26, 2009. Internet Explorer 8 "Final" was released on March 19, 2009. Security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, CSS, and Ajax support are Microsoft's priorities for IE8.[34][35] It includes much stricter compliance with web standards, including a planned full Cascading Style Sheets 2.1 compliance for the release version.^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 displays web content using its newest, most standards compliant mode.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft introduced major changes to Internet Explorer in its latest version particularly in the security model and the rendering of CSS style-sheets.
  • Internet Explorer 6 in Windows Vista (IE6) - part 1 | TredoSoft 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC tredosoft.com [Source type: General]

[36] .All these changes allow Internet Explorer 8 to pass the Acid2 test.^ Browsers that DO pass the Acid2 test?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ And we all know that Internet Explorer sucks.
  • Usage of Internet Explorer - GraphJam: Music and Pop Culture in Charts and Graphs. Let us explain them. 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC graphjam.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer 8 is changing that.
  • Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: Reference]

[37] .However, to prevent compatibility issues, IE8 also includes the IE7 rendering behavior.^ All this means in terms of production workflow is another step to test our sites in IE8 + IE8 compatibility mode (as I will bet you that the IE7 rendering in IE8 will always be just “slightly” different than on the actual IE7).
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We hope this information and prevention script help you to diagnose and fix issues related to Operation Aborted in IE8 (and older versions of IE).
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Actually I ran into an issue with IE8 which occured in IE7 mode as well.
  • John Resig - JavaScript in Internet Explorer 8 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC ejohn.org [Source type: General]

.Sites that expect IE7 quirks can disable IE8's breaking changes by including a meta element in the HEAD section of the HTML document.^ There is quite an improvement in CSS rendering, but HTML 5 sectioning elements are still unrecognized and the tricks for enabling them in IE 6 and 7 don't work anymore.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Google’s approach is that if you/the end user has installed the Google Chrome Frame plug-in , all you need to do is add this meta element to your web page/site: .
  • Google Chrome Frame & Google Wave not supporting any version of Internet Explorer - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

^ I sometimes put a specific message saying “It appears you are using IE7, please upgrade to IE8, Firefox or Google Chrome to view this site correctly”.
  • Stop developing for Internet Explorer 6 - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

.IE8 also includes numerous improvements to JavaScript support as well as performance improvements[36], although it still does not pass the Acid3 test, with version 8.0 scoring 20/100.[38] It includes support for Accelerators - which allow supported web applications to be invoked without explicitly navigating to them - and WebSlices - which allows portions of page to be subscribed to and monitored from a redesigned Favorites Bar.^ It also does not support web pages standards.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ CSS improvements and transparent PNG support catch the browser up to rivals such as Firefox, and native support for XMLHTTP means AJAX-based Web applications will no longer require an ActiveX control to function.
  • Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Released | Betanews 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer's original logo Internet Explorer was not widely used until the release of version 3 , which was the first version developed without Spyglass sources (although still using Spyglass "technology", so the Spyglass licensing information remained in the program's documentation).
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[36] .Other features include InPrivate privacy features, and SmartScreen phishing filter.^ And before you reply, note that both these have privacy features that erase info - this prevents it from storing while keeping all other info intact.
  • Internet Explorer 8’s InPrivate Could Block Advertising | Epicenter | Wired.com 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Previous posts have described what you’ll find in IE8 Beta 2 with respect to the SmartScreen Filter and protection from phishing and malware as well as many other defenses .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The SmartScreen isn't really a new feature but more of an evolution of the phishing filter technology that Microsoft introduced in version 7.
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[39]

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 Developer Preview running in Windows 7
.According to Microsoft, Internet Explorer 9, currently in development, will have complete or nearly complete support for all CSS 3 selectors, border-radius CSS 3 property, faster JavaScript, and hardware accelerated rendering using Direct2D and DirectWrite.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support.
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer 6 doesn't support child selectors.
  • Ultimate IE6 Cheatsheet: How To Fix 25+ Internet Explorer 6 Bugs 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.virtuosimedia.com [Source type: General]

.During the October 2009 Typ09 conference, Microsoft was reported as saying that it was 'considering' supporting WOFF in Internet Explorer 9.[40] WOFF is "a strong favourite" for standardization by the W3C Web Fonts Working Group.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The absolute worst browser when it comes to supporting the standards is Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ Clearing Web history in Internet Explorer .
  • HelpLine | Your computer problems solved with Jay Lee | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

[41].
.Microsoft has continued to downplay the importance of passing the Acid3 test,[42] but speculation that IE 9 would support the SVG W3C recommendation was ignited when Microsoft announced they had joined the SVG Working Group.^ MathML support in IE would provide the required critical mass.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Microsoft is finally waking up an realizing that they can't sit on IE for 5 years and hope for the best.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Now, if IE users would have answered that question correct, Microsoft wouldn't be in so much trouble.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[43] .The build of IE 9 presented on the PDC,[44] scored 32/100, up from 20/100 for Internet Explorer 8.^ I fired up Internet Explorer 6 and...
  • Firefox Myths > Comments 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.osnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer had blocked a pop-up.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.At MIX10, a new preview was released that featured support for CSS3 and SVG, a new Javascript engine called Chakra, and a score of 55/100 on the Acid3 test.^ "There doesn't appear to be any new pure-JavaScript features in this release.
  • John Resig - JavaScript in Internet Explorer 8 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC ejohn.org [Source type: General]

^ Imagine IE9 suddenly leaping to get SVG support, 100/100 Acid3 compliance, a speed boost from one of those extremely optimized Javascript engine, and much more, with barely even any effort from Microsoft's side, leaving them time to work on completely different features with their source code fork...
  • Microsoft seeking feedback for Internet Explorer 9 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Add a support for a special META tag in new versions of IE. Call it something like "obey-dtd-rules", or something similar.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The final build of Internet Explorer 9 is expected to be released in 2011. Support for the HTML5 video and audio tags was also promised.^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Google Wave not supporting Internet Explorer .
  • Google Chrome Frame & Google Wave not supporting any version of Internet Explorer - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

[45] .[46] Some industry experts claim that Microsoft will release IE 9 as a major out-of-band version that is not tied to any particular version of Windows.^ It is completely irresponsible that Microsoft does not release a version for Windows 2000.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ The latest version of IE 8 was released in March and is also built into Windows 7.
  • Internet Explorer posts - Webware - CNET 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft has released Microsoft Internet Explorer version 2.1 for Windows 3.1.
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

[47] According to ie.microsoft.com/testdrive, the system requirements are Windows Vista SP2 (With Platform Upgrade) and Windows 7. IE8 is also required

Features

.Internet Explorer has been designed to view a broad range of web pages and to provide certain features within the operating system, including Microsoft Update.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Clearing Web history in Internet Explorer .
  • HelpLine | Your computer problems solved with Jay Lee | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 6 is a designer’s worst nightmare.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

.During the heyday of the browser wars, Internet Explorer superseded Netscape only when it caught up technologically to support the progressive features of the time.^ During the heyday of the historic browser wars, Internet Explorer superseded Netscape by supporting many of the progressive features of the time.
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support.
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I fired up Internet Explorer 6 and...
  • Firefox Myths > Comments 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.osnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[48]
Standards support
Internet Explorer, using the Trident layout engine:
.
  • supports HTML 4.01, CSS Level 1, XML 1.0 and DOM Level 1, with minor implementation gaps.
  • fully supports XSLT 1.0 as well as an obsolete Microsoft dialect of XSLT often referred to as WD-xsl, which was loosely based on the December 1998 W3C Working Draft of XSL.^ It fully supports XSLT 1.0 or the December 1998 Working Draft of XSL, depending on the version of MSXML (a dynamic link library) available.
    • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ CSS 2.0 (approved as W3C Recommendation in 1998) .
    • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It partially supports CSS Level 2 and DOM Level 2, with some implementation gaps and conformance issues.
    • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Support for XSLT 2.0 lies in the future: semi-official Microsoft bloggers have indicated that development is underway, but no dates have been announced.
  • partially supports CSS Level 2 and DOM Level 2, with major implementation gaps and conformance issues.^ It partially supports CSS Level 2 and DOM Level 2, with some implementation gaps and conformance issues.
    • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Main Wikipedia page using Internet Explorer 6.0 Version 6 was released on August 27, 2001, a few weeks before Windows XP. This version included DHTML enhancements, content restricted inline frames, and partial support of CSS level 1, DOM level 1 and SMIL 2.0.
    • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support.
    • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Almost full conformance to CSS 2.1 has been added in the Internet Explorer 8 release.^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
    • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 released .
    • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Internet Explorer 8 is our release.
    • John Resig - JavaScript in Internet Explorer 8 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC ejohn.org [Source type: General]

    [49][50]
  • does not support XHTML, though it can render XHTML documents authored with HTML compatibility principles and served with a text/html MIME-type.
  • does not support SVG in any version.
.Internet Explorer uses DOCTYPE sniffing to choose between standards mode and a "quirks mode" in which it deliberately mimicks nonstandard behaviors of old versions of MSIE for HTML and CSS rendering on screen (Internet Explorer always uses standards mode for printing).^ When standards-compliant mode is switched on, the rendering behavior of documents might differ in future versions of Internet Explorer.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since the above example has a strict doctype, the page is rendered in strict standards mode.
  • Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www-128.ibm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It requires Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or greater.
  • CLICK: Internet Explorer Archives 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: General]

.It also provides its own dialect of ECMAScript called JScript.^ It also provides its own dialect of ECMAScript called JScript.
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Internet Explorer has been subjected to criticism over its limited support for open web standards.^ The absolute worst browser when it comes to supporting the standards is Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ Clearing Web history in Internet Explorer .
  • HelpLine | Your computer problems solved with Jay Lee | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ It also does not support web pages standards.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

[51]
Non-standard extensions
.Internet Explorer has introduced an array of proprietary extensions to many of the standards, including HTML, CSS and the DOM. This has resulted in a number of web pages that appear broken in standards-compliant web browsers and has introduced the need for a "quirks mode" to allow for rendering improper elements meant for Internet Explorer in these other browsers.^ Internet Explorer 8 displays web content using its newest, most standards compliant mode.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ "My web browser is too critical* to be proprietary" .
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ Who introduced Web Browser First!
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Internet Explorer has introduced a number of extensions to JScript which have been adopted by other browsers.^ The internet explorer graph is an exact opposite of the Other Browsers graph!
  • Internet Explorer Extinct By 2013? 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.sitepoint.com [Source type: General]

^ If no Internet application like IE, Outlook Express or other browsers are working, it may be due to corrupted Winsock registry entries.

^ Tags: battery life , BatteryLife , browser , browser wars , BrowserWars , chrome , firefox , internet explorer , InternetExplorer , opera , safari , top , web browser , WebBrowser .
  • Internetexplorer — Switched 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]
  • Internet Explorer — Switched 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]

.These include the innerHTML property, which returns the HTML string within an element; the XMLHttpRequest object, which allows the sending of HTTP request and receiving of HTTP response; and the designMode attribute of the contentDocument object, which enables rich text editing of HTML documents.^ It infers dir attributes in the HTML from the text.
  • Docutils FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.jynxed.net [Source type: Reference]

^ There is quite an improvement in CSS rendering, but HTML 5 sectioning elements are still unrecognized and the tricks for enabling them in IE 6 and 7 don't work anymore.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ This will allow reasonable use of editors limited to a single base direction for the whole document (like Notepad, Vim and text boxes in Firefox).
  • Docutils FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.jynxed.net [Source type: Reference]

.Some of these functionalities were not possible until the introduction of the W3C DOM methods.^ Table 3 shows how the W3C standard and Mozilla manipulate content, all of which are methods of any DOM node.
  • Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www-128.ibm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The W3C DOM Level 1 method gets references to all elements with the same tag name through getElementsByTagName() .
  • Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www-128.ibm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internet Explorer is at best a slow webbrowser with little functions and as always, tends to be so far away from the standardized methods and functions as possible.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

Its Ruby character extension to HTML is also accepted as a module in W3C XHTML 1.1, though it is not found in all versions of W3C HTML.
.Microsoft submitted several other features of IE for consideration by the W3C for standardization.^ Dear Microsoft, you really should fix your IE before and then say about other browsers...
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ However, I also understand that if the IE team forced stric adherence to the W3C standards down everyone's throat, A LOT of existing web pages would break.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Whatever is being revolutionised on the web is not happening thanks to IE. The W3, Mozilla, and many other organisations promoting open source and web standards are paving the way.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.These include the 'behavior' CSS property, which connects the HTML elements with JScript behaviors (known as HTML Components, HTC); HTML+TIME profile, which adds timing and media synchronization support to HTML documents (similar to the W3C XHTML+SMIL); and the VML vector graphics file format.^ Speaking of rendering, IE 7 offers Clear-type text enhancements but still does not offer full Cascading Style Sheet 2.1 (CSS 2.1) standards compatibility and has spotty support of XHTML 1.1, HTML 4.01, WML 2.0, ECMAScript, DOM 2, and SVG 1.1--standards supported by the W3C organization.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ There has been a push to improve the performance of the HTML parser, CSS engine and JScript run time.
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The simplest way to use it is to add html to the format lists for the raw directive/role and postprocess the resulting document with itex2mml.
  • Docutils FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.jynxed.net [Source type: Reference]

However, all were rejected, at least in their original forms. .VML was, however, subsequently combined with PGML (proposed by Adobe and Sun), resulting in the W3C-approved SVG format, currently one of the few vector image formats being used on the web, and which IE is now virtually unique in not supporting.^ I have been using Firefox along with IE for a while now.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ SVG support would be one incredibly useful gap for IE to fill.
  • Microsoft seeking feedback for Internet Explorer 9 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Download IE and use it for a few days.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[52]
.Other non-standard behaviors include: support for vertical text, but in a syntax different from W3C CSS3 candidate recommendation; Support for a variety of image effects[53] and page transitions, which are not found in W3C CSS; Support for obfuscated script code, in particular JScript.Encode().^ CSS 2.0 (approved as W3C Recommendation in 1998) .
  • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

^ It also does not support web pages standards.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ CSS 1.0 (approved as W3C Recommendation in 1996) .
  • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

[54] .Support for embedding EOT fonts in web pages.^ It also does not support web pages standards.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Better support for icons in web pages .
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Determines whether users can download fonts, based on the zone of the Web page that contains the download link, not the zone from which the file originated.
  • Recommended Internet Explorer Settings - Xoc Software (RVBA Conventions, Maya Calendar, et.al.) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.xoc.net [Source type: General]

[55]
Favicon
.The favicon (short for "favorites icon") introduced by Internet Explorer is now also supported and extended in other browsers.^ The internet explorer graph is an exact opposite of the Other Browsers graph!
  • Internet Explorer Extinct By 2013? 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.sitepoint.com [Source type: General]

^ The absolute worst browser when it comes to supporting the standards is Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support.
  • Internet Explorer - Microsoft Wiki 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC microsoft.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It allows web pages to specify a 16-by-16 pixel image for use in bookmarks.^ The best way to move Web browser favorites (also known as bookmarks or shortcuts) from one computer to another depends on which browser you're using.
  • Internet Explorer | ITworld 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.itworld.com [Source type: General]

^ Determines whether Internet Explorer prints background colors and images when you print a Web page.
  • Recommended Internet Explorer Settings - Xoc Software (RVBA Conventions, Maya Calendar, et.al.) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.xoc.net [Source type: General]

^ This precludes the use of SVG images specified inline within XHTML documents, for one thing.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In IE, support was, and still is, provided only for the native Windows ICO format; in other browsers it has now been extended to other types of images such as PNG and GIF.
Usability and accessibility
The "quick tabs" feature available in Internet Explorer 8
.Internet Explorer makes use of the accessibility framework provided in Windows.^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Don’t use Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 “without” Internet Explorer .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer is also a user interface for FTP, with operations similar to that of Windows Explorer (although this feature requires a shell window to be opened in recent versions of the browser, rather than natively within the browser).^ I’m a Mac user, so Internet Explorer is not for me anymore.
  • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ It requires Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or greater.
  • CLICK: Internet Explorer Archives 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: General]

.Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is not supported, but available via extension (iMacros).^ For example, a Microsoft Forms combo box in a Microsoft Visual Basic application may appear to work correctly.
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ When running a Microsoft Visual Basic application that uses the Microsoft MAPI Control, and that application relies upon the current working directory, the application might not work as expected.
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ Just because your operating system doesn't support the numerous open systems Firefox has available for checking trusted applications doesn't make it a flaw in Firefox.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Recent versions feature pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing.^ Pros: tabbed browsing, anti-phishing, pop-up blocker .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Tabbed browsing and Pop-up blocking.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ "Ad blocking or pop-up blocking?"
  • Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Released | Betanews 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Tabbed browsing can also be added to older versions by installing Microsoft's MSN Search Toolbar or Yahoo's Yahoo Toolbar.^ Or by installing search toolbars.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ She says that she can enlarge the whole screen better with this version of IE (7) I downloaded it but I've been using tabbed browsing for years, anyway, with Avant.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft fans are crying "whoo-hoo" because it has tabbed browsing (which the first-gen Firefox had), but it fails to use it.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

Cache
.Internet Explorer caches visited content in the Temporary Internet Files folder to allow quicker access (or offline access) to previously visited pages.^ Internet Explorer 5.01 File List (1 of 3) .

^ Contents of the Internet Explorer 5 Ie.txt File .

^ Internet Explorer 5 Readme.txt File .

.The content is indexed in a database file, known as Index.dat.^ The INDEX.DAT file keeps a record of all the web sites you have visited.

^ Deleting the INDEX.DAT file (Windows2000, XP) .

^ CD C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 Del index.dat .

.Multiple Index.dat files exist which index different content - visited content, web feeds, visited URLs, cookies etc.^ The INDEX.DAT file keeps a record of all the web sites you have visited.

^ Session Summary From Office document to .pdf files, the Web is filled with a wide variety of content.
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ A cookie is a small text file on your Mac or PC that a Web site uses to store information to personalize your visit, make recommendations, remember who you are in order to make it easier to do business with you, or keep statistics on how their Web site is used.
  • Home Computer Security Tips 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC homepage.mac.com [Source type: General]

[56]
.Prior to IE7, clearing the cache used to clear the index but the files themselves were not reliably removed, posing a potential security and privacy risk.^ Surely using IE6 is a security risk?
  • Universal Internet Explorer 6 CSS | For A Beautiful Web 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC forabeautifulweb.com [Source type: General]

^ You can have Internet Explorer automatically clear your Temporary Internet Cache files every time you close the program.

^ Pros: Faster - Smooth experience - more secure - I have Opera, Firefox and IE7 - I use IE 7 most of the time .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.In IE7 and later, when the cache is cleared, the cache files are more reliably removed, and the index.dat file is overwritten with null bytes.^ Anyway, I have now removed IE7 and gone back to IE6 which is a lot more responsive.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ You can have Internet Explorer automatically clear your Temporary Internet Cache files every time you close the program.

^ IE7 needs more improvement to provide the modern age CSS coding or people will start relying on other browsers such as Firefox and Opera.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

Group Policy
.Internet Explorer is fully configurable using Group Policy.^ To add protocols, use Group Policy.

^ I am using Internet Explorer 7.0 version.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Administrators of Windows Server domains can apply and enforce a variety of settings that affect the user interface (such as disabling menu items and individual configuration options), as well as underlying security features such as downloading of files, zone configuration, per-site settings, ActiveX control behavior and others.^ These settings apply to every security zone on the computer.

^ Download Settings All file and font downloads are enabled by default for all zones but the Restricted Sites.

^ This is a per-security-zone setting, so you will have to set it for every zone you want limited.

.Policy settings can be configured for each user and for each machine.^ We think users should be in control… of their settings, their information, what code runs on their machine, of their browser overall.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ It displays correctly in IE as well on this machine In other words, the reason why it doesn't display correctly for others using FireFox is like user/configuration error.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ In Group Policy navigate to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Administrator Approved Controls.

.Internet Explorer also supports Integrated Windows Authentication.^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 “without” Internet Explorer .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 z Windows 7 půjde odstranit?
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

Architecture

.
The architecture of IE8. Previous versions had a similar architecture, except that both tabs and the UI were within the same process.
^ So it will color both the tabs the same.
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In both cases, browsers with tabbed and without tabbed browsing, the computer's memory usage will be more or less the same.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Rather than going from window to window in the taskbar, you can simply switch between clearly visible tabs, all within the same view.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

Consequently, each browser window could have only one "tab process".
.Internet Explorer uses a componentized architecture built around the Component Object Model (COM) technology.^ Don’t use Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ I am using Internet Explorer 7.0 version.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

It is made up of five major components, each of which is contained in a separate .dll and exposes a set of COM interfaces that enables it to be hosted by the Internet Explorer main executable, iexplore.exe:[57]
WinInet.dll
WinInet.dll is the protocol handler for HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. .It handles all network communication over these protocols.^ By the way Peter, I hope you enjoy moderating all these comments and I hope you feel the wrath of the Community.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Little Snitch handles only outgoing network connections on all network interfaces (Airport, ppp, network cards, ...
  • Home Computer Security Tips 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC homepage.mac.com [Source type: General]

^ I guess my point is that we, the open source community, like to get things right the first time with out all of these updates.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

URLMon.dll
URLMon.dll is responsible for .MIME-type handling and download of web content, and provides a thread-safe wrapper around WinInet.dll and other protocol implementations.^ NoScript: provides control of JavaScript per web server, and Flash, Java, and other plugin control per embed.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ To differentiate among these content types, Internet Explorer uses MIME type detection based on a number of information sources.
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ Over the past few months, users have downloaded thousands of great browser add-ons from www.ieaddons.com and other web sites.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

MSHTML.dll
MSHTML.dll houses the .Trident rendering engine introduced in Internet Explorer 4, which is responsible for displaying the pages on-screen and handling the Document Object Model of the web pages.^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Very clear web page displays.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Pros: it displays web pages .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.MSHTML.dll parses the HTML/CSS file and creates the internal DOM tree representation of it.^ I believe it's a combination of IE's internal caching and compression that truncates remote javascript and css files after a certain point causing javascript errors that come up sometimes.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ This is a wishlist item though, further HTML, CSS, DOM and HTTP improvements are far more welcome.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I'd guess XHTML support is very unlikely - it won't affect as many people as HTML/CSS/DOM/HTTP updates, and it's a bigger job than many people realise.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.It also exposes a set of APIs for runtime inspection and modification of the DOM tree.^ Will we see any modification in DHTML/DOM Apis 3- Would xmlHttpRequest be avaible as a standalone object instead of an ActiveX? 4- application/xhtml+xml?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ However, the issues usually lie in the APIs that a browser exposes to JavaScript, such as the DOM hooks.
  • Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www-128.ibm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Mozilla supports the W3C DOM APIs for traversing the DOM tree through JavaScript (see Table 2).
  • Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www-128.ibm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The DOM tree is further processed by a layout engine which then renders the internal representation on screen.^ Allow other rendering engines to take on parts of the XML tree that are separated by namespaces.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Also, you have to consider the thousands of applications that use the MSHTML rendering engine for internal stuff.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

IEFrame.dll
IEFrame.dll contains the user interface and window of IE in Internet Explorer 7 and above.
ShDocVw.dll
ShDocVw.dll provides the navigation, local caching and history functionalities for the browser.
BrowseUI.dll
BrowseUI.dll is responsible for the browser user interface, including the browser chrome, which houses all the menus and toolbars.
.Internet Explorer does not include any scripting functionality natively.^ Given that Internet Explorer does tend to have problems go ahead and try the alternative and make up your mind for yourself.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The Microsoft Rich TextBox control (Richtx32.ocx) does not function correctly when hosted in Internet Explorer.
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ Internet Explorer (from here on out refered to simply as “IE”) does not support many features… .
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

.Rather MSHTML.dll exposes another set of APIs that allow any scripting environment to be plugged-in and access the DOM tree.^ Allow Scripting Of Internet Explorer Webbrowser Control: Determines whether scripts can access the Webbrowser control that renders the content and interface of Internet Explorer.

^ Scripting Security Settings - Active Scripting: Determines whether scripts are allowed to run on a web page.

^ Miscellaneous Security Settings - Access Data Sources Across Domains: This setting determines whether Internet Explorer will allow a component to access data sources on other domains than the site it comes from.

.Internet Explorer 8 includes the bindings for the Active Scripting engine (which is a part of Microsoft Windows) is provided, which allows any language implemented as an Active Scripting module to be used for client-side scripting.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Availability of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 .
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

.By default, only the JScript and VBScript modules are provided; third party implementations like ScreamingMonkey (for ECMAScript 4 support) can also be used.^ Saying "It's ok if IE renders pages badly that it used to render properly" is like saying "It's ok for Windows to drop DOS support".
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The only thing worse than not supporting a standard is having an non-conformant implementation, which is highly likely to occur while XHTML 2.0 is still a draft specification.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its a w3c recommendation and like to see that implemented in IE. Another is use of "border-spacing:" support for defining cellspacing in tables using CSS. Thats critical if we want to abondon table attributes and table use for structure and move to the xhtml stricter doctype.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Microsoft also makes available the Microsoft Silverlight runtime that allows CLI languages, including DLR-based dynamic languages like IronPython and IronRuby, to be used for client-side scripting.^ This will allow reasonable use of editors limited to a single base direction for the whole document (like Notepad, Vim and text boxes in Firefox).
  • Docutils FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.jynxed.net [Source type: Reference]

^ THAT when you could make use of a built-in IE feature to run several different copies side by side like these guys have done: http://browsers.evolt.org/?ie/32bit/standalone ?
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Hell even Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers don’t like to use it.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 8 introduces some major architectural changes, called Loosely Coupled IE (LCIE).^ Once it was called 'Internet Explorer' she didn't care anymore.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ Given that Microsoft fixes only between one and five Internet Explorer flaws each month, we do not find IE 7 to be substantially more secure than IE 6.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ The vast majority of people is using versions of IE not containig your so called "trusted" certificates, therefore it cannot be used as a argument against FF in general.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.LCIE separates the main window process (frame process) from the processes hosting the different web applications in different tabs (tab processes).^ Another issue, microsoft should be able to get some tabs in to IE, everyone hates all those different windows.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ With different tabs it is harder to identify which page is which--if you keep several individual pages open in separate windows it is MUCH easier to identify which is which.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ (I use separate toolbar), tabs turned on or off taking unnecesary space from window, no matter when, this space is lost.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.A frame process can create multiple tab processes, each of which can be of a different integrity level; each tab process can host multiple web sites.^ It just isn’t fun anymore to design a web site when you have to go through the tedious process of re-coding everything to accommodate IE’s needs.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ As a web developer who uses Firefox but needs to check sites in IE too, I found the Firefox extension IE Tab very useful.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ For example, there is a weird blank tab that sits next to your sites that when you put the mouse over it you realize creates a new tab.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

The processes use asynchronous Inter-Process Communication to synchronize themselves. .Generally, there will be a single frame process for all web sites.^ It just isn’t fun anymore to design a web site when you have to go through the tedious process of re-coding everything to accommodate IE’s needs.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ I loaded all my favorite search sites in there.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Srirangan June 19th, 2008 at 7:09 pm You can’t extrapolate data from the users of this web site – there not average users!
  • Internet Explorer Extinct By 2013? 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.sitepoint.com [Source type: General]

.In Windows Vista with Protected Mode turned on, however, opening privileged content (such as local HTML pages) will create a new tab process as it will not be constrained by Protected Mode.^ Tab History: new tabs opened from links in other pages inherit history.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ The new tab page - didn't bother, turned it off in 5 minutes.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I have a tab open, I know what is on the page.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

[59]

Extensibility

.Internet Explorer exposes a set of Component Object Model (COM) interfaces that allow other components to extend the functionality of the browser.^ ON RR.com and other webpages with settings.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer Tips From chami.com .

^ Sobre Internet Explorer - psicofxp.com .
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[57] .Extensibility is divided into two types: Browser extensibility and Content extensibility.^ It allows 100% compatibility because quirky browsers including IE6 don't support "application/xhtml xml" content type.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The browser extensibility interfaces can be used to plug in components to add context menu entries, toolbars, menu items or Browser Helper Objects (BHO).^ Many wrapper applications using IE5/6 as their underlying browser object do not make such a mistake (e.g., Tencent Traveller).
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don't see any menu items or Tools -> Options settings, the Tools -> Extensions dialog doesn't help, and Flash isn't even listed in Add / Remove Programs .
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Keeper (Score:2) Tuesday December 21 2004, @04:16AM Re:IE browser helper objects.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

.BHOs are used to extend the feature set of the browser, whereas the other extensibility options are used to expose the feature in the UI. Content extensibility interfaces are used by different content-type handlers to add support for non-native content formats.^ And it is supported by all other browsers already...
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ A pretty basic feature that has been supported in other browsers from the word go.
  • internetexplorerstandardssupport | Channel 9 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC channel9.msdn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ THAT when you could make use of a built-in IE feature to run several different copies side by side like these guys have done: http://browsers.evolt.org/?ie/32bit/standalone ?
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[57] .BHOs not only have unrestricted access to the Internet Explorer DOM and event model, they also can access the filesystem, registry and other OS components.^ Now, what about DOM events model?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ INTRODUCTION The components that make up Internet Explorer are tightly integrated into the Windows environment, so making changes to them affects many other programs including Outlook (Express) and Windows Media Player.

^ (P.S.- This experience reinforces why I stick with existing OS's and other software from MS for a few years until they get their act together.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.Content extensibility can be either in terms of Active Documents (Doc Objects) (e.g., SVG or MathML) or ActiveX controls.^ Any content that uses Active Scripting or attempts to load an ActiveX Control is prevented from running unless the user explicitly allows it to be run by clicking the Information bar.

[57] .ActiveX controls are used for content handlers that render content embedded within an HTML page (e.g., Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight).^ XHTML pages will use Strict rendering.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ To bind a Microsoft Datagrid Control 6.0 to a Microsoft ADO Data Control 6.0 with Microsoft Visual InterDev, it is not enough to just set the Datagrid DataSource property to point to the ADO Data Control in the design view as if using them inside a...
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

^ And *that*, in the end, is why you're better off trusting almost any browser that doesn't use the Microsoft HTML control.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Doc objects are used when the content type won't be embedded in HTML (e.g., Microsoft Word, PDF or XPS).^ And *that*, in the end, is why you're better off trusting almost any browser that doesn't use the Microsoft HTML control.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Ok, Do you think it's more secure to trust Microsoft IE? Try to make an identical article but instead of Firefox try to use the Internet Explorer words.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Are these mirrors any less trustable than the Akami mirrors Microsoft (Apple, and others) occasionally use for content?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.In fact, the Trident rendering engine is itself exposed as a Doc object, so HTML in itself is treated as an Active Document.^ Internet Explorer and Windows both use the same rendering engine for HTML, CSS, et cetera.
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ In what way does the fact that fortune 500 companies deploy IE support your assertion that MSFT's rendering engine is superior?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Last I checked, mshtml.dll, aka Trident, is a RENDERING ENGINE, not an actual browser.
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

[57]
Add-on Manager from Windows XP SP2 Internet Explorer 6 SV1
.Internet Explorer add-on components run with the same privileges as the browser itself, unlike client-side scripts that have a very limited set of privileges.^ Do not limit the user’s ability to control Internet Explorer settings .
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ In javascript array if you add a comma after the last element in the array then Internet Explorer fails with a variety of undecipherable (Microsoft style) error messages.
  • 10 Best Tips For Internet Explorer 8 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blog.taragana.com [Source type: General]

^ He COMPLETELY ignores the fact that in the previous portion of the entry, it clearly shows Internet Explorer's default button selection is "Run".
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Add-ons can be installed either locally, or directly by a web site.^ Name me one other web browser that requires a reboot to install?
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Browser add-ons are a great way to enhance the experience and capabilities of your Web browser.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ When you visit the Microsoft Windows Update Web site or the Microsoft Internet Explorer Add-on Components Web site, you may be presented with a list of components from an earlier version of Internet Explorer.
  • Computer Support and Website Design, CSAW - Internet Explorer Troubleshooting Tips 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC internet-explorer.csaw.biz [Source type: Reference]

.Since the add-ons have a more privileged access to the system, malicious add-ons can and have been used to compromise the security of the system.^ They should write some more add-ons that demonstrate their add-on capabilities - Improve the add-on model more so that writing add-ons in managed code (.NET), would be a lot more easier.
  • Microsoft seeking feedback for Internet Explorer 9 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While we continue to evangelize best-practices for developing secure add-ons , we strongly encourage users and organizations to upgrade to IE8.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Examine the performance impact of your add-ons using the Manage Add-ons dialog.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 2 onwards provide various safeguards against this, including an Add-on Manager for controlling ActiveX controls and Browser Helper Objects and a "No Add-Ons" mode of operation as well as greater restrictions on sites installing add-ons.^ No good add-ons?
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ So how is it that if you visit one site in internet explorer with service pack 2 it still manages to install a few activex controlls and some icons on your desktop and some registry keys no problem.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Description of Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2 .

.Internet Explorer itself can be hosted by other applications via a set of COM interfaces.^ ON RR.com and other webpages with settings.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ What other Internet Explorer 8 updates will be available via WSUS? .
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer Tips From chami.com .

.This can be used to embed the browser functionality inside the application.^ Im willing to bet that many people inside microsoft use firefox as their default browser at home.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Also, the hosting application can choose to host only the MSHTML.dll rendering engine, rather than the entire browser.^ Last I checked, mshtml.dll, aka Trident, is a RENDERING ENGINE, not an actual browser.
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Last I checked, mshtml.dll, aka Trident, is a RENDERING ENGINE, not an actual browser” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ This is a rather small binary, which calls various DLL libraries to do the networking, HTML rendering, and so on, as has been explained previously in this thread.
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

[57]

Security

.Internet Explorer uses a zone-based security framework that groups sites based on certain conditions, including whether it is an Internet- or intranet-based site as well as a user-editable whitelist.^ I’m a Mac user, so Internet Explorer is not for me anymore.
  • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

^ I am using Internet Explorer 7.0 version.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Security restrictions are applied per zone; all the sites in a zone are subject to the restrictions.^ Its a subjective choice, but to claim Firefox is the all together most secure browser is well ...very slashdot.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I had no idea turning my IE security zone to High turned off all plugins either.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ If it is not in the OPTIONS|WEB FEATURES|ALLOWED TO INSTALL SOFTWARE|ALLOWED SITES. Quite similar to the windowsupdate being put in the trusted sites "Security" zone by default.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 6 SP2 onwards uses the Attachment Execution Service of Microsoft Windows to mark executable files downloaded from the Internet as being potentially unsafe.^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 5.01 File List (1 of 3) .

^ Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) (discontinued) .
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.Accessing files marked as such will prompt the user to make an explicit trust decision to execute the file, as executables originating from the Internet can be potentially unsafe.^ Always prompt user when downloading files.

^ However, I do agree that you cannot make a system secure without having disciplined users, *unless the users have very limited access*.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ Since Opera has such an insigificant marketshare for years, its really hard to make the case in 2009 that Microsoft’s behavior since the U.S. DOJ and the original EU anti-trust case against Windows has been harmful to Opera or European Based software companies.
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.This helps in preventing accidental installation of malware.^ IE7 users on Vista also benefit from Protected Mode , which helps prevent the installation of malicious software, even in the event that an exploit results in code execution.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 7 introduced the phishing filter, that restricts access to phishing sites unless the user overrides the decision.^ I’m a Mac user, so Internet Explorer is not for me anymore.
  • Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards | 456 Berea Street 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

^ Do not limit the user’s ability to access Internet Explorer features .
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I don’t use Internet Explorer unless I have to.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

.With version 8, it also blocks access to sites known to host malware.^ Back in March, I posted a note to the IEBlog when the pre-release version of IE8’s SmartScreen Filter had delivered its 10 millionth malware block.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The inprivate filter just blocks content that stores and access cookies in a different domain that the site you've viewing.
  • Microsoft seeking feedback for Internet Explorer 9 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ How to Configure Internet Explorer 5.x to Block Access to All But Approved Internet Sites .

.Downloads are also checked to see if they are known to be malware-infected.^ The rest were running completely naked systems and seemed to have every single peice of malware known to man infecting them.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ They should add built-in spell check and a download manager.
  • Microsoft seeking feedback for Internet Explorer 9 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In Windows Vista, Internet Explorer by default runs in what is called Protected Mode, where the privileges of the browser itself are severely restricted - it cannot make any system-wide changes.^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ This makes it hard to run in strict mode.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 “without” Internet Explorer .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

.One can optionally turn this mode off but this is not recommended.^ There is no obvious way to turn off plug-ins once they are installed This one is just uneducated.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ I honestly spent twice as long looking in IE for a way to turn off plug-ins, and I couldn't fine one.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Once cookies were turned off I didn't have one more piece of malware crap.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

This also effectively restricts the privileges of any add-ons. .As a result, even if the browser or any add-on is compromised, the damage the security breach can cause is limited.^ About security flaws - firefox also has alot of flaws (i say so even though i prefer it over IE), and probably any browser on Windows will.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ In reality the advertisers will always find away even with a secure browser.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ If this data comes from an untrustworthy source this could cause a breach in the security.

.Patches and updates to the browser are released periodically and made available through the Windows Update service, as well as through Automatic Updates.^ Windows update is done through control panel.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ This update should be delivered automatically via Windows Update or Windows Software Update Services.
  • Will switching from Internet Explorer make you safer? | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blogs.zdnet.com [Source type: General]

^ However, Mozilla on Monday released updates to its Thunderbird v2.0.0.17 e-mail application and Firefox v3.0.3 Web browser in an effort to "address multiple vulnerabilities."
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

.Although security patches continue to be released for a range of platforms, most feature additions and security infrastructure improvements are only made available on operating systems which are in Microsoft's mainstream support phase.^ There - no kidding - are only versions for Microsoft Operating Systems!"
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ This is not new, it was available in prior operating systems.
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ I supports Microsoft only .
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.On December 16, 2008, Trend Micro recommended users switch to rival browsers until an emergency IE patch was released to fix a potential security risk which "could allow outside users to take control of a person's computer and steal their passwords". Microsoft representatives countered this recommendation, claiming that "0.02% of internet sites" were affected by the flaw.^ IE browsers are a disgrace to “computing” .
  • Internet Explorer 8 Essentials | Nettuts+ 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC net.tutsplus.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ IE is the default Internet Browser.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ When Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7, they pushed it out as a recommended security update!
  • Stop developing for Internet Explorer 6 - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

.On December 17, 2008, a fix to the security problem above became available, with the release of the Security Update for Internet Explorer KB960714, which is available from Microsoft Windows Update's webpage.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Microsoft has said that this update fixes the security risk found by Trend Micro the previous day.^ With Firefox, let's use some examples like the shell exploit from a while ago: http://www.mozilla.org/security/shell.html This was fixed in a day.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ An other Microsoft guy said a while ago (in an indirect way) that the features found in Firefox are not useful, yet he admited he has never tried Firefox.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Its all the media which makes IE look bad as it has lot of security holes moreover Microsoft has stopped updating the IE User interface or add features to it.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[60][61]

Security vulnerabilities

.Internet Explorer has been subjected to many security vulnerabilities and concerns: Much of the spyware, adware, and computer viruses across the Internet are made possible by exploitable bugs and flaws in the security architecture of Internet Explorer, sometimes requiring nothing more than viewing of a malicious web page in order to install themselves.^ I go to a malicious web site that uses one of Internet Explorers security holes.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ "One of the many criticisms of Internet Explorer is that customers are fooled into downloading spyware or adware on to their computers."
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Review: I made the mistake of installing Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 on my computer at home.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.This is known as a "drive-by install". There are also attempts to trick the user into installing malicious software by misrepresenting the software's true purpose in the description section of an ActiveX security alert.^ Where can you check the true security of the software?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ There is quite an improvement in CSS rendering, but HTML 5 sectioning elements are still unrecognized and the tricks for enabling them in IE 6 and 7 don't work anymore.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ HP support immediately guessed that I had installed IE 7, and said there is something there that affects HP software.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

.A number of security flaws affecting IE originated not in the browser itself, but ActiveX-based add-ons used by it.^ One for IE and another for the other browsers.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ You can also open Add/Remove Programs and remove IE add-ons that you are not using.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ To the point where one university campus administration made a suggestion to not use IE and use alternatives like Firefox.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Because the add-ons have the same privilege as IE, the flaws can be as critical as browser flaws.^ One for IE and another for the other browsers.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ But for me, that's secondary because, as a web designer, the Web Developer extension for Firefox is why I will never use IE as my default web browser.
  • Scot's Newsletter Forums > Browser speed & web standards 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC forums.scotsnewsletter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ People believe they are safe because the IE browser uses "signed" technology for security.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

This has led to the ActiveX-based architecture being criticized for being fault-prone. By 2005, some experts maintained that the dangers of ActiveX have been overstated and there were safeguards in place.[62] .In 2006, new techniques using automated testing found more than a hundred vulnerabilities in standard Microsoft ActiveX components.^ More than trust to any Microsoft products!
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Although I use Firefox and trust it more than IE, i think you've got a point here...
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ At least at Mozilla provides MD5 checksum with their builds, that's more than you will find at Microsoft!
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[63] .Security features introduced in then recently released Internet Explorer 7 mitigated some of these vulnerabilities.^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ It seems to me that these will be fixed in Internet Explorer 7.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer in 2008 had a number of published security vulnerabilities.^ Internet Explorer 7 as more secure and faster.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ In security, Internet Explorer has beaten all competitors.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ If your GOVERNMENT says that you should NOT USE INTERNET EXPLORER, then home come you have camed to the conclusion that IE cannot be compared in security to FireFox ?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.According to research done by security research firm Secunia, Microsoft did not respond as quickly as its competitors in fixing security holes and making patches available.^ Forensic experts however found it trivial to retrieve the history, according to a test by Webwereld, an IDG affiliate in the Netherlands, and Fox IT, a Dutch firm specializing in IT security and forensic research.
  • Privacy feature in Internet Explorer 8 leaks private data | ITworld 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.itworld.com [Source type: General]

^ Your mention of: "This is what the "Secure Deployment" part of Microsoft's SD3+C campaign is all about; we design and develop secure software, but we make sure that customers can deploy it securely as well."
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ So far, the Mozilla Foundation has had a much better track record for bug fixes and holes than Microsoft has.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[64] .The firm also reported 366 vulnerabilities in ActiveX controls, an increase from the prior year.^ Cons: ActiveX has security vulnerabilities in it, plus Microsoft has not fixed security flaws that have been known for over two years.
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ As a part of the July security bulletin , Microsoft yesterday released an update to mitigate a vulnerability in the “Microsoft Video” ActiveX control.
  • IEBlog 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I reported a portable vulnerability a few years ago.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

.According to the latest information, Secunia reports that IE6 has 24 known unpatched vulnerabilities, IE7 has 11, and IE8 has 4. The most severe unpatched Secunia advisories affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x, 7.x, and 8.x with all vendor patches applied, are all rated Extremely critical.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ That same argument applies to IE7 and IE8.
  • Will switching from Internet Explorer make you safer? | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blogs.zdnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Description of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 .

.The oldest known unpatched vulnerabilities for IE6, IE7, and IE8 date from November 7, 2003, June 6, 2006, and February 26, 2007 respectively.^ June 26, 2006 .
  • Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2) - Browsers - CNET Archive 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ June 26, 2007 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Aggravation by ChezJoey - November 26, 2006 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.According to the latest information, security research firm SecurityFocus reports that IE6 has 396 known unpatched vulnerabilities, IE7 has 22, and IE8 has 25. The oldest known unpatched vulnerabilities for IE6, IE7, and IE8 date from November 20, 2000, May 17, 2007, and April 11, 2009 respectively.^ November 14th, 2009 at 11:39am .
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ December 25, 2007 7:17 PM .

^ December 24, 2007 11:20 AM .

New Internet Explorer hole exploited in attacks on U.S. firms

.In an advisory on January 14, 2010 Microsoft said that attackers targeting Google and other U.S. companies used software that exploits a hole in Internet Explorer.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Description of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 .

^ I never use Internet Explorer anymore.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

The vulnerability affects Internet Explorer 6, IE 7, and IE 8 on Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Server 2003, Server 2008 R2, as well as IE 6 Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.[65]
.The German government warned users against using Internet Explorer and recommended switching to an alternative web browser, due to the major security hole described above that was exploited in Internet Explorer.^ I am using Internet Explorer 7.0 version.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I go to a malicious web site that uses one of Internet Explorers security holes.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[66] .The Australian and French Government issued a similar warning a few days later,[67][68] The first browser they recommended was Mozilla Firefox, followed by Google Chrome.^ I personally prefer and recommend Mozilla Firefox .
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ A few seconds later, I get the following dialog: .
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Google’s Chrome browser too.
  • delicious blog » Internet Explorer and del.icio.us 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blog.delicious.com [Source type: General]

.The German, Australian and French governments consider all versions of Internet Explorer vulnerable or potentially vulnerable.^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ What is the currnet version of internet explorer?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ In security, Internet Explorer has beaten all competitors.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

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Market adoption and usage share

.
The usage share of web browsers.
^ As a result, they don't pay the slightest attention to market share of anything -- browsers, mail clients, operating systems, web servers, it doesn't matter.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ When a company has 90% market share with a web browser, they often rest on their laurels and get sloppy about it.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ Oh, and from your perspective, it would help keep you from losing web browser market share.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]


Source: Median values from summary table.      Internet Explorer (54.50%; Usage by version number)      Mozilla Firefox (30.96%; Usage by version number)      Google Chrome (5.61%)      Safari (5.27%)      Opera (2.10%)      Other (1.78%)
.The adoption rate of Internet Explorer seems to be closely related to that of Microsoft Windows, as it is the default web browser that comes with Windows.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Responses to “Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7” .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 “without” Internet Explorer .
  • AeroXperience » Blog Archive » Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC www.aeroxp.org [Source type: General]

Since the integration of Internet Explorer 2.0 with Windows 95 OSR 1 in 1996, and especially after version 4.0's release, the adoption was greatly accelerated: from below 20% in 1996 to about 40% in 1998 and over 80% in 2000.
A CNN article noted at the release of Internet Explorer 4: "Microsoft's Internet Explorer has made inroads and various estimates put its share of the browser market 30 to 35 percent from about 10 percent a year ago."[72] By 2002, Internet Explorer had almost completely superseded its main rival Netscape and dominated the market with up to 95 percent market share.
.After having fought and won the browser wars of the late 1990s, Internet Explorer gained almost total dominance of the browser market.^ It seems that the liberal media vies to take control of the Internet by replacing corporate browsers with their "free" and "open" browsers, along with their so-called "standards", which are a mess compared to the privately-developed standards which have made (and still continue to make) Internet Explorer the dominant browser in the market.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer is a browser that have some years but with Windows XP Service Pack 2 is more safe.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ At a time when not a week goes by without yet another Internet Explorer security alert and most of them having nothing to do with 'signed ActiveX controls'.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Having attained a peak of about 95% during 2002 and 2003, its market share has since declined at a slow but steady pace.^ We started a private company, and i told our clients about the ie6 declining market share and my inexperience with support for this browser.
  • Stop developing for Internet Explorer 6 - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

^ When a company has 90% market share with a web browser, they often rest on their laurels and get sloppy about it.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

.This is mainly due to the adoption of Mozilla Firefox, which statistics indicate is currently the most significant competition.^ I was using the current Mozilla at the time, but started looking at (what would become) Firefox because Mozilla was and is a very heavy program to have to start all the time just to browse.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Nevertheless, Internet Explorer remains the dominant web browser, with a global usage share of around 60% (though measurements vary).^ Five of the best sites about the Internet Explorer Web browser.
  • Stop developing for Internet Explorer 6 - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

^ AND, installing it in XP essentially de-integrates it from Explorer, meaning if you type a web address in explorer, the browser is launched - and vice versa.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer has its place but it is not for mainline web browsing.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

Usage is higher in Asia and lower in Europe.
.Firefox 1.0 had surpassed Internet Explorer 5 in early 2005 with Firefox 1.0 at roughly 8 percent market share.^ Internet Explorer is better than firefox?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ If your GOVERNMENT says that you should NOT USE INTERNET EXPLORER, then home come you have camed to the conclusion that IE cannot be compared in security to FireFox ?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ By IT Blogwatch 3 comments In Friday's IT Blogwatch , Richi Jennings watches Internet Explorer continue to lose market share -- mainly to Firefox and Safari.

[73] .An article notes at the release of Internet Explorer 7 in October 2006 that "IE6 had the lion's share of the browser market with 77.22%.^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ MARC1TIM - October 22, 2006 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ HTML again by cnetislame - October 22, 2006 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 7 had climbed to 3.18%, while Firefox 2.0 was at 0.69%."^ Categories: Internet Explorer/Work The Mozilla guys released Firefox 2 today.
  • Tonynet Explorer: Internet Explorer/Work Archives 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.tonychor.com [Source type: General]

^ Select Microsoft(vendor) Internet Explorer(title) and Mozilla(vendor) Firefox (title).
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ If your GOVERNMENT says that you should NOT USE INTERNET EXPLORER, then home come you have camed to the conclusion that IE cannot be compared in security to FireFox ?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[74]
IE market share overview
According to Net Applications data
— February 2010[75]
Browser As % of IE As % of All Browsers
Internet Explorer 8-
Compatibility Mode
[note 1]
5.89% 3.63%
Internet Explorer 6[note 1] 34.39% 21.18%
Internet Explorer 7[note 1] 22.91% 14.11%
Internet Explorer 8[note 1] 36.70% 22.60%
Other[note 2] 0.10% 0.06%
All variants 100% 61.58%
  1. ^ a b c d Includes Maxthon, Tencent Traveler, and TheWorld Editions.
  2. ^ Other mostly consists of an unnumbered IE version and IE versions 5.0 and 5.5.
.Internet Explorer 7 was released at the same time as Firefox 2.0, and overtook Firefox 1.x by November 2006, at roughly 9% market share.^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Patching Internet Explorer in 2006 .
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[76] .Firefox 2.0 had overtaken 1.x by January 2007,[77], but IE7 did not surpass IE6 until December 2007.[78] By January 2008, their respective version market share stood at 43% IE7, 32% IE6, 16% FF2, 4% Safari 3 and both FF1.x and IE5 versions at less than half a percent.^ January 16, 2007 6:24 PM .
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ It's game over for IE6: it simply was far less secure than Firefox.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ December 25, 2007 7:16 PM .

[79]
.Approximate usage over time based on various usage share counters averaged for the year overall, or for the fourth quarter, or for the last month in the year depending on availability of reference.^ In three years, I have seen a browser other than IE fewer than 10 times on the average user's PC. .
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ Technical reference for developers and articles for various Microsoft magazines such as Microsoft Systems Journal (or MSJ) are available through the Microsoft Developer Network, often called MSDN .

^ The company switched from yearly to quarterly dividends in 2005, for eight cents a share per quarter with a special one-time payout of three dollars per share for the second quarter of the fiscal year.

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Market share history overview by year and version

.Approximate usage over time based on various usage share counters averaged for the year overall, or for the fourth quarter, or for the last month in the year depending on availability of reference.^ In three years, I have seen a browser other than IE fewer than 10 times on the average user's PC. .
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ Technical reference for developers and articles for various Microsoft magazines such as Microsoft Systems Journal (or MSJ) are available through the Microsoft Developer Network, often called MSDN .

^ The company switched from yearly to quarterly dividends in 2005, for eight cents a share per quarter with a special one-time payout of three dollars per share for the second quarter of the fiscal year.

[80][81][82][86][84][85][87]
Total IE8 IE7 IE6 IE5 IE4 IE3 IE2 IE1
2009 sm=n 66.92%[87] sm=n 10.4%[87] sm=n 26.1%[87] sm=n 27.4%[87] sm=n 0.08%[87] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2008 sm=n 72.65%[80] sm=n 0.34%[80] sm=n 46.06%[80] sm=n 26.2%[80] sm=n 0.15%[80] sm=n 0.01%[80] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2007 sm=n 78.6%[80] sm=n - sm=n 45.5%[80] sm=n 32.64%[80] sm=n 0.45%[80] sm=n 0.01%[80] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2006 sm=n 83.3%[80] sm=n - sm=n 3.49%[80] sm=n 78.08%[80] sm=n 1.42%[80] sm=n 0.02%[80] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2005 sm=n 87.12%[80] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 82.71%[80] sm=n 4.35%[80] sm=n 0.06%[80] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2004 sm=n 91.27%[80] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 83.39%[80] sm=n 7.77%[80] sm=n 0.1%[80] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2003 sm=n 94.43%[82] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 59%[82] sm=n 34%[82] sm=n 1%[82] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2002 sm=n 93.94%[82] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 50%[82] sm=n 41%[82] sm=n 1%[82] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2001 sm=n 90.83%[82] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 19%[82] sm=n 68%[82] sm=n 5%[82] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2000 sm=n 83.95%[82] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 71%[82] sm=n 13%[82] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
1999 sm=n 75.31%[85] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 41%[82] sm=n 36%[82] sm=n 1%[82] sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
1998 sm=n 45%[84] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1997 sm=n 39.4%[81] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1996 sm=n 20%[81] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1995 sm=n 2.9%[81] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ?

Industry adoption

.The ActiveX extension mechanism is used by many public websites and web applications, including eBay.^ As a web developer who uses Firefox but needs to check sites in IE too, I found the Firefox extension IE Tab very useful.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ FF user but because of many pages doesn´t work properly i was sick of using "view at ie extension" and give a try at maxthon browser.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I can remember several instances of web browsing where I've had "this activeX component is signed by " With a website and all.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Similarly, Browser Helper Objects are also used by many search engine companies and third parties for creating add-ons that access their services, such as search engine toolbars.^ Search engine toolbars are repetitious.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ August IPO, is creating a Web browser that would meld Google search; its free e-mail service, Gmail; and Google's Blogger Web publishing software and pop-up blocking technology, according to CNET." .
  • mozdev.org - themes: themes/ie 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC themes.mozdev.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And we're not talking about the third-party, company-made extensions available for IE, which are mostly commercial - the extensions for Firefox are strictly made to add features and improve people's browsing experience.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Because of the use of COM, it is possible to embed web-browsing functionality in third-party applications.^ Microsoft fans are crying "whoo-hoo" because it has tabbed browsing (which the first-gen Firefox had), but it fails to use it.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ I use Outlook 2002 and IE for my email and web browsing.
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ I was using the current Mozilla at the time, but started looking at (what would become) Firefox because Mozilla was and is a very heavy program to have to start all the time just to browse.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Hence, there are a number of Internet Explorer shells, and a number of content-centric applications like RealPlayer also use Internet Explorer's web browsing module for viewing web pages within the applications.^ Internet Explorer has its place but it is not for mainline web browsing.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Don’t use Internet Explorer.
  • Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer ~ News and Views 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC www.lockergnome.com [Source type: General]

^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

OS compatibility

.IE versions, over time, have had widely varying OS compatibility, ranging from being available for many platforms and several versions of Windows to only a few versions of Windows.^ MathML, bad performance, bad support of CSS3 in IE8, HTML5 could be done better, bad security, charset-bugs, “ghost-bugs”, only a Windows version, parallel installation of different versions not supported by default, caching bady realized … just to name a few reasons to convince other people of not using IE. .
  • Stop developing for Internet Explorer 6 - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

^ I will always use FF over IE, IE w/ SP2 finally got many of the features that have been available in FF since day 1.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows Explorer is designed from the floor up to run ONLY with IE 6 installed, so dont tell me it isn't tied into the OS.......
  • Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Released | Betanews 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Many versions of IE had some support for an older OS but stopped getting updates.^ Getting older IE browser users to update is the other.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Review: Do NOT update your IE to version to 7.0!!
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ But really, all that would accomplish is having yet *another* version of IE out there to support, since even with this, IE6 isn't going away.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.The increased growth of the Internet in the 1990s and 2000s means that current browsers with small market shares have more total users than the entire market early on.^ In three years, I have seen a browser other than IE fewer than 10 times on the average user's PC. .
  • Schneier on Security: Internet Explorer Sucks 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ But if you have 20-30% I prefer ” the stable structure” method meaning the grid(columns) will not fall apart and user have similar experience like in other browsers.
  • Universal Internet Explorer 6 CSS | For A Beautiful Web 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC forabeautifulweb.com [Source type: General]

^ "And how much will this increase our market share?"
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.For example, 90% market share in 1997 would be roughly 60 million[88] users, but by the start of 2007 90% market share would equate to over 900 million users.^ Very secure and I don't care if this is because it has a small market share so don't start bashing.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ And the other 10 million users would say.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ It would also be nice to know IE7's record so far in order to predict whether 2007 will be a better year for the majority of IE users.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

[88] .The result is that later versions of IE6 had many more users in total than all the early versions put together.^ Review: IE6 was more user friendly than IE7.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ And there is many many version bug in ie6.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Opera is more secure, faster (not all topic, but most) than FF and IE 3.
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

.The release of IE7 at the end of 2006 resulted in a collapse of IE6 market share; by February 2007 market version share statistics showed IE6 at about 50% and IE7 at 29%.^ I am now actually excited about IE7 and looking forward to its eventual release.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ When I went to the speak to techs on Microsoft they were quite rude and said I don?t have a life if I?m that mad about the release of IE7.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Considering that, I hope Microsoft loses 95 percent of its market share based on the way I was treated on their tech site and this latest release of IE7, which really ?stinks?.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

[89] .Regardless of the actual market share, the most compatible version (across operating systems) of IE was 5.x, which had Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, Unix, and most Windows versions available and supported for a short period in the late 1990s (although 4.x had a more unified codebase across versions) By 2007, IE had much narrower OS support, with the latest versions supporting only Windows XP Service Pack 2 and above.^ There - no kidding - are only versions for Microsoft Operating Systems!"
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ (We had Mac and Unix versions of IE in an earlier day when browser share was our only success metric.
  • Tonynet Explorer: Internet Explorer/Work Archives 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.tonychor.com [Source type: General]

^ "Can only run on Windows Xp Sp2".
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, and 7.0 (Experimental) have also been unofficially ported to the Linux operating system from the project IEs4Linux.^ Stop Developing For Internet Explorer 6 Google schickt den IE6 in die Wüste Internet Explorer (webmastertipps) Written by admin in: projects .
  • Stop developing for Internet Explorer 6 - Robert's talk 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC robertnyman.com [Source type: General]

^ What was Microsoft thinking to bury Internet explorer so deep into the system, to make windows DEPENDANT on it.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I don?t understand how using one browser as opposed to the other makes a difference to anyone?s pocketbook since people don?t Internet Explorer comes with the operating system when you purchase a computer.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

Years Layout engine Microsoft Windows IBM OS/2 Apple Mac OS Unix (HP-UX, Solaris)
7, WS 08 R2 Vista, WS 08 WS 03 XP Me 2000 98 NT 4.0 95 3.1/NT 3.x X
PPC
9
PPC
8
PPC/68k
7
PPC/68k
Years - - 2009 2006 2003 2001 2000 2000 1998 1996 1995 1992 1988 2001 1999 1997 1991 (1990s)
IE 9 2011 (expected)- No official news Yes Yes with SP2 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 8 2008- Trident 4.0[90] Included Yes Yes with SP2 Yes with SP2/3 No No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 7 2006- Trident No Included Yes with SP1/2 Yes with SP2/3& No No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 6 2001 Trident No No $ Included Included Yes
6.0 SP1
Yes
6.0 SP1
Yes
6.0 SP1
Yes
6.0 SP1
No No No No No No No No
IE 5.5 2000 Trident No No No No*** Included Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No
IE 5.0 1999 Trident (Win)
Tasman (Mac)
No No No No*** No Included
5.01
Included
with 98 SE
Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
5.2.3 Included
Yes
5.1.7 Included
Yes
5.1.7
No Dropped
5.01 SP1
IE 4.0 1997 Trident No No No No*** No No Included
Included** Yes No Included Included Yes Yes
IE 3.0 1996 - No No *** No No*** No No *** No Yes Included** Yes Win 3.1 version No No Included Yes Beta
IE 2.0 1995 - No No No No No No No Included Included** Yes No No No Yes No
IE 1.5 1996 Spyglass No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No No No
IE 1.0 1995 Spyglass No No No No No No No No Non-free
Plus!
No No No No No No No
.* Internet Explorer 6 SP2 is only available as part of Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003 SP1 or SP2.
** The version of Internet Explorer included with Windows 95 varied by OSR release; 2.0 was included with OSR1, 3.0 was included with OSR2, and 4.0 was included with OSR2.5.
*** No native support, but possible with third-party "Standalone" installer.
^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 released .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Cons: No support for Windows 2000 .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]


.& Final version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 does not include IE7.
$ No native support, but possible with third party Standalone installer of IE6 Alpha.
^ Saturday, August 26, 2006 7:42 AM by Dave Let's compare the install process with that of Firefox: 1) The Firefox installer is much smaller than the IE installer 2) The Firefox installer is the same for all the versions of Windows it supports, no need to know that you're running 'XPSP2' all you need to know is that you're running Windows.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Firefox doesn't support the protected mode of IE7 in Windows Vista Windows Vista isn't released yet - and will never be, I assume.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ This kludge was bundled with Windows NT 4.0 Beta releases and final release, and later added to Windows 95 A, to replace the dead "The Microsoft Network" service.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

.See also Internet Explorer Mobile.^ I don't see any word like "Internet Explorer Security Flaw" in this blog...
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ IE. Just google "Internet Explorer" and "Compromise" to see what I mean.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ By the way: in Internet Explorer, you can't see half of the images on your page, the only browser that renders your page the way it has to be is....
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Non-desktop versions of IE have supported Windows CE also.^ But really, all that would accomplish is having yet *another* version of IE out there to support, since even with this, IE6 isn't going away.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ And only because the new versions of IE support certificates on downloads, it still leaves the user as the main security hole.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ So would full (read: better than the current version of IE or the current version of Firefox) support for "display: inline-block".
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

"Standalone" Internet Explorer

.Early versions of Internet Explorer such as 5 had a compatibility mode to run Internet Explorer 4, though this feature was dropped (also, Internet Explorer for Mac users could still use 4.5 after installing IE 5).^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Most of users are using previous versions (i.e.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ However, I could not uninstall Internet Explorer 7.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.While Microsoft claims it is impossible to keep multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same machine, some hackers have successfully separated several versions of Internet Explorer, making them standalone applications.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I do think version 7 needs some work done but Microsoft will make the improvements.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

These are referred to as "standalone" IEs and have included versions 3 through 7.
.Microsoft has discontinued standalone installers for Internet Explorer to the general public.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Me, my mother and her cat knows that Microsoft abandoned Internet Explorer when it had nothing more to earn from improving it (and we are talking years not months here).
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ I just bought a new computer in August 2006 with Internet Explorer 6 and Microsoft Windows XP. My internet carrier is Comcast high-speed cable.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.However, there are unofficial procedures for downloading the complete install package.^ If it had a built in download manager my life would be complete, but there's always next time!
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I would like to see a "self validating" install to insure the package is legit however alone signing isn't the solution.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ I've even sat there, downloaded, and installed the browser for some of them.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Internet Explorer standalone uses a feature introduced in Windows 2000 called DLL redirection to force it to load older DLLs than the ones installed on the system.^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Alike Microsoft option of FORCING windows users to install the piece of #$%@ called Internet Explorer.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I never use Internet Explorer anymore.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

Internet Explorer 6 running on Linux in Wine.
.It is also possible to install Internet Explorer via Wine.^ Internet Explorer 8 could not be installed.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I wish I never installed internet explorer 7.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Or maybe a warning that 7 new toolbars were installed while Internet Explorer was closed?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.
  • IEs4Linux automatically sets up Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0 in Wine.^ Most problems that people bring in machines for are spyware/adware and/or pop-ups, and most of it comes from Internet Explorer.
    • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
    • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Given that Internet Explorer does tend to have problems go ahead and try the alternative and make up your mind for yourself.
    • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    .Supporting Internet Explorer 7 is currently in development; as of August 2007, the IE7 rendering engine can be used with the IE6 user interface.^ CSS properties, from those which aren't currently supported in IE6, that will and will not be supported in IE7 2.
    • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I want to use Internet Explorer.
    • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I never use Internet Explorer anymore.
    • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    [93]
.After Internet Explorer 7 is installed, an Internet Explorer 6 executable is still available in C:\WINDOWS\ie7, hidden by default.^ Windows Internet Explorer … said: .

^ Internet Explorer 7 RC1 now available .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Users have no idea that the Windows installer will also install Internet Explorer with Windows.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Launching this executable provides the user with the older IE6 interface, however web pages are rendered using the IE7 engine.^ I still will be using IE7 for text-intensive web pages?
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Listing the version of the rendering engine in the user agent is also greatly appreciated!
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ It has the best print support available, and provides the ability to scale rendered pages for printing - a lot bigger task than many people - even epxerts, can imagine.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.The IE6 engine can be re-enabled by placing a file named "iexplore.exe.local" into the IE7 folder.^ Application Name: iexplore.exe .
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Select Add to Favorites, and you're forced into an EXPANDED view of all your Favorites folders!
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Cons: IE7 requires re-learning where the buttons are placed at the top .
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.As an alternative to using IE standalone, Microsoft now makes available Microsoft Virtual PC images containing pre-activated copies of Windows XP with either IE 6 or IE 7 installed.^ Make it easy, make IE relevant (and available) again.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ This is on a new install of Windows XP Pro.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ I only use IE for Microsoft Updates.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[94] Microsoft recommends this approach for web developers seeking to test their pages in the different versions of IE as the standalone versions are unsupported and may not work the same way as a properly installed copy of IE.[95][96]

Removal

.While a major upgrade of Internet Explorer can be uninstalled in a traditional way if the user has saved the original application files for installation, the matter of uninstalling the version of the browser that has shipped with an operating system remains a controversial one.^ However, I could not uninstall Internet Explorer 7.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ How can I trust Internet Explorer for that matter?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer is up to version 6.0.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

The idea of removing a stock install of Internet Explorer from a Windows system was proposed during the United States v. Microsoft case. .One of Microsoft's arguments during the trial was that removing Internet Explorer from Windows may result in system instability.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows Internet Explorer … said: .

^ Microsoft modified Windows 95B (Aka OSR2) so that when installing the operating system, one was prompted with no obvious way to cancel to install Internet Explorer 3.0.
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

.Removing Internet Explorer does have a number of consequences.^ Given that Internet Explorer does tend to have problems go ahead and try the alternative and make up your mind for yourself.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Should you decide to remove Internet Explorer 7, you will return to Internet Explorer 6.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft should have addded an additional cause: -Internet Explorer 7 does not work to the high standards you would expect from Microsoft.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.Applications that depend on libraries installed by IE will fail to function, or have unexpected behaviors.^ You can not have one thing happen (which isn't even installing an application, btw) and then claim that you can install viruses and worms through IE without user interaction.
  • Firefox Myths > Comments 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC www.osnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Windows help and support system will also not function due to the heavy reliance on HTML help files and components of IE. In versions of Windows before Vista, it is also not possible to run Microsoft's Windows Update or Microsoft Update with any other browser due to the service's implementation of an ActiveX control, which no other browser supports.^ For this and the next version, IE is in "catch up" mode with the other browsers.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ There - no kidding - are only versions for Microsoft Operating Systems!"
  • Slashdot | How Can I Trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC it.slashdot.org [Source type: General]

^ One for IE and another for the other browsers.
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.In Windows Vista, Windows Update is implemented as a Control Panel applet.^ If they're written correctly, you should be able to remove the others using Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available 20 September 2009 11:38 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Now that Windows Update is in the Control Panel, Internet Explorer is pretty unnecessary.
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ And uninstalling IE8b2 didn't cure the crashing Windows Explorer nor a non-updating AVG. This beta has just broken this Vista machine.
  • IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.With Windows 7, Microsoft added the ability to safely remove Internet Explorer 8 from Windows.^ Was plant Microsoft f??r den Internet Explorer 7?
  • IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE 25 September 2009 13:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ How can I be sure internet explorer is safe?
  • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows Internet Explorer … said: .

[97] .Microsoft does not allow the dependencies to be removed through this process, but the Internet Explorer executable (iexplore.exe) is removed without harming any other Windows components.^ You can't completely remove Internet Explorer--not without considerable effort.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
  • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Me, my mother and her cat knows that Microsoft abandoned Internet Explorer when it had nothing more to earn from improving it (and we are talking years not months here).
  • Security Fix - Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006 3 February 2010 16:15 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

See also

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  • "Microsoft Windows Family Home Page". .Windows History: Internet Explorer History.^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
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    ^ Uncheck Internet Explorer (and Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, and Windows Messenger, while you're at it).
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    ^ I just bought a new computer in August 2006 with Internet Explorer 6 and Microsoft Windows XP. My internet carrier is Comcast high-speed cable.
    • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    .http://www.microsoft.com/windows/WinHistoryIE.mspx.^ Dont blame me, if You know it already, blame IE ;) Heres example: MSIE"> http://www.positioniseverything.com"> MSIE sux .
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  • "Index DOT Html and Index DOT Css". .Browser History: Windows Internet Explorer.^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
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    ^ Uncheck Internet Explorer (and Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, and Windows Messenger, while you're at it).
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    ^ I just bought a new computer in August 2006 with Internet Explorer 6 and Microsoft Windows XP. My internet carrier is Comcast high-speed cable.
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    .http://www.blooberry.com/indexdot/history/ie.htm.^ Dont blame me, if You know it already, blame IE ;) Heres example: MSIE"> http://www.positioniseverything.com"> MSIE sux .
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  • "Microsoft Windows Family Home Page".^ Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:08 AM by Justin Ho I strongly support Microsoft software products.
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    ^ Also you can bring up your set home page by simply double clicking in an empty browser window.
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    ^ At my home page and EVERY NEW PAGE OR WINDOW that opens has a toolbar added that once again, reminds me I'm putting my computer at risk.
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    .Windows History: Internet Explorer History.^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
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    ^ Uncheck Internet Explorer (and Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, and Windows Messenger, while you're at it).
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    ^ I just bought a new computer in August 2006 with Internet Explorer 6 and Microsoft Windows XP. My internet carrier is Comcast high-speed cable.
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    .http://www.microsoft.com/windows/WinHistoryIE.mspx.^ Dont blame me, if You know it already, blame IE ;) Heres example: MSIE"> http://www.positioniseverything.com"> MSIE sux .
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  • "Microsoft Knowledge Base".^ Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:08 AM by Justin Ho I strongly support Microsoft software products.
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    .How to determine which version of Internet Explorer is installed.^ How can I get/install this Internet Explorer thing you say is better?
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    ^ How can I be sure internet explorer is safe?
    • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ How can I trust Internet Explorer for that matter?
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    ^ Monday, September 24, 2007 8:36 AM by Just another WordPress weblog PingBack from http://microsoftgate.com/microsoft-passes-the-openajax-interopfest-test/ .
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    ^ You can find more information at the IE Development Center, http://msdn.microsoft.com/ie .
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  • "Index DOT Html and Index DOT Css". .Browser History: Windows Internet Explorer.^ Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded for free from the CNET Download.com site.
    • Internet Explorer 7 - Browsers - CNET Archive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Uncheck Internet Explorer (and Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, and Windows Messenger, while you're at it).
    • HD DVD / Randomness... : How can I trust Firefox? 22 September 2009 14:39 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I just bought a new computer in August 2006 with Internet Explorer 6 and Microsoft Windows XP. My internet carrier is Comcast high-speed cable.
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    .http://www.blooberry.com/indexdot/history/ie.htm.^ Dont blame me, if You know it already, blame IE ;) Heres example: MSIE"> http://www.positioniseverything.com"> MSIE sux .
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    ^ More Companies Firing People Over Social Media (Mis)use < http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/08/10/more-companies-firing-people-over-social-media-misuse > .
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  • "IEBlog".^ Tuesday, August 02, 2005 12:38 AM by ieblog Fiery Kitsune, Since you are addressing me, I'll respond personally.
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    .Windows Vista & IE7 Beta 1 Available.^ Firefox doesn't support the protected mode of IE7 in Windows Vista Windows Vista isn't released yet - and will never be, I assume.
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    ^ We shipped IE7 and Vista beta 1!!
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    .http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/07/27/444004.aspx.^ Tuesday, October 09, 2007 4:07 AM by Recruiting Watch - Today Top Blog Posts on Recruiting - Powered by SocialRank PingBack from http://recruitingwatch.com/my-big-news-i-am-going-to-visit-australia/ .
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  • "IEBlog". .Standards and CSS in IE.^ Molly's sanity too, I think) # re: Standards and CSS in IE .
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    ^ IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE Welcome to MSDN Blogs Sign in .
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  • "IEBlog".^ Friday, July 29, 2005 11:46 PM by Jim That's *fantastic* Chris!
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    ^ Sunday, July 31, 2005 10:29 PM by Jesse I am happy to see Internet Explorer's rendering engine being updated again.
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    IE7 Is Coming This Month. .http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/10/06/IE7-Is-Coming-This-Month_2E002E002E00_Are-you-Ready_3F00_.aspx.^ Dont blame me, if You know it already, blame IE ;) Heres example: MSIE"> http://www.positioniseverything.com"> MSIE sux .
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  1. A web browser developed by Microsoft.

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Windows Internet Explorer (IE, formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer, MSIE), is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft. It was included as part of the Microsoft Windows operating system, starting in 1995. It was first released as part of the add-on package Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95, that year. Later versions were available as free downloads, or in service packs, and included in releases of Windows 95 and later versions of Windows.

IE has been the most widely used web browser since 1999, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002/2003 with IE5 and IE6. Since its peak of popularity, its usage share has declined in the face of renewed competition from other web browsers to 55%, and is slowly trending downward. Microsoft spent over $100 million per year on IE[1] in the late 1990s, with over 1000 people working on it by 1999.[2]

The latest release is Internet Explorer 8, which is available as a free update for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or later, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008, and is included with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Internet Explorer was originally planned to be omitted from Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in Europe, but Microsoft later dropped the plans, and instead included a browser ballot screen with the products, allowing users to select a different web browser if they wish.[3][4][5][6]

Versions of Internet Explorer for other operating systems have also been produced, including an embedded OEM version called Internet Explorer for Windows CE (IE CE), available for WinCE based platforms and currently based on IE6; Internet Explorer for Pocket PC, later rebranded Internet Explorer Mobile, which is made for Windows Mobile and Windows CE and remains in development alongside the more advanced desktop versions; and the discontinued Internet Explorer for Mac and Internet Explorer for UNIX (Solaris and HP-UX).

Contents

History

The Internet Explorer project was started in the summer of 1994 by Thomas Reardon,[7] using source code from Spyglass, Inc. Mosaic, an early commercial web browser with formal ties to the pioneering NCSA Mosaic browser. In late 1994, Microsoft licensed Spyglass Mosaic for a quarterly fee plus a percentage of Microsoft's non-Windows revenues for the software.[8] Although bearing a name similar to NCSA Mosaic, the Spyglass Mosaic had used the NCSA Mosaic source code sparingly.[9]

Internet Explorer 1

Internet Explorer 1 made its debut on August 16, 1995. It was a reworked version of Spyglass Mosaic, which Microsoft had licensed, like many other companies initiating browser development, from Spyglass Inc. It came with Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95 and the OEM release of Windows 95. It was installed as part of the Internet Jumpstart Kit in Plus!.[10] The Internet Explorer team began with about six people in early development.[11][12] Internet Explorer 1.5 was released several months later for Windows NT and added support for basic table rendering. However, by including it for free on their OS, they did not have to pay royalties to Spyglass Inc., which resulted in a lawsuit and a multi-million USD settlement.

Internet Explorer 2

Internet Explorer 2 was released for Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5, and NT 4.0 on November 22, 1995 (following a 2.0 beta in October). It featured support for SSL, cookies, VRML, RSA, and Internet newsgroups. Version 2 was also the first release for Windows 3.1 and Macintosh System 7.0.1 (PPC or 68k), although the Mac version was not released until January 1996 for PPC, and April for 68k.[13] Version 2.1 for the Mac came out in August 1996, although by this time, Windows was getting 3.0. Version 2 was included in Windows 95 OSR 1 and Microsoft's Internet Starter Kit for Windows 95 in early 1996.[14] It launched with twelve languages including English but this expanded to 24, 20, and 9 for Win 95, Win 3.1, and Mac respectively by April 1996.[15] The 2.0i version supported double-byte character-set.[15] ]]

Internet Explorer 3

Internet Explorer 3 was released on August 13, 1996, and went on to be much more popular than its predecessors. Internet Explorer 3 was the first major browser with CSS support, although this support was only partial. It also introduced support for ActiveX controls, Java applets, inline multimedia, and the PICS system for content metadata. Version 3 also came bundled with Internet Mail and News, NetMeeting, and an early version of the Windows Address Book, and was itself included with Windows 95 OSR 2. Version 3 proved to be the first more popular version of Internet Explorer, which brought with it increased scrutiny. In the months following its release, a number of security and privacy vulnerabilities were found by researchers and hackers. This version of Internet Explorer was the first to have the 'blue e' logo.[16] The Internet Explorer team consisted of roughly 100 people during the development of three months.[1] The first major IE security hole, the Princeton Word Macro Virus Loophole, was discovered on August 22, 1996 in IE3.[12] Backwards compatibility was handled by allowing users who upgraded to IE3 to still use the last IE, because the installation converted the previous version to a separate directory.[17]

Internet Explorer 4

Internet Explorer 4, released in September 1997, deepened the level of integration between the web browser and the underlying operating system. Installing version 4 on a Windows 95 or Windows NT 4 machine and choosing Windows Desktop Update would result in the traditional Windows Explorer also being replaced by a version more akin to a web-browser interface, as well as the Windows desktop itself being web-enabled via Active Desktop. The integration with Windows, however, was subject to numerous packaging criticisms (see United States v. Microsoft). This option was no longer available with the installers for later versions of Internet Explorer but was not removed from the system if already installed. Internet Explorer 4 introduced support for Group Policy, allowing companies to configure and lock down many aspects of the browser's configuration as well as support for offline browsing.[18] Internet Mail and News was replaced with Outlook Express, and Microsoft Chat and an improved NetMeeting were also included. This version also was included with Windows 98. New features were added that allow you to save and retrieve posts in comment forms which are still not being used today. Internet Explorer 4.5 offered new features such as easier 128-bit encryption. It also offered a dramatic stability improvement over prior versions, particularly the 68k version which was especially prone to freezing.[19][20][21]

Market Share History Snapshot
for February, 2005[22]
IE4 - .07%
IE5 - 6.17%
IE6 - 82.79%

Internet Explorer 5

Internet Explorer 5, launched on March 18, 1999, and subsequently included with Windows 98 Second Edition and bundled with Office 2000, was another significant release that supported bi-directional text, ruby characters, XML, XSLT, and the ability to save web pages in MHTML format. IE5 was bundled with Outlook Express 5. Also, with the release of Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft released the first version of XMLHttpRequest, giving birth to Ajax (even though the term "Ajax" was not coined until years later). It was the last with a 16-bit version. Internet Explorer 5.01, a bug fix version, was released in December 1999. Windows 2000 includes this version. Internet Explorer 5.5 followed in July 2000, improving its print preview capabilities, CSS and HTML standards support, and developer APIs; this version was bundled with Windows Me. However, version 5 was the last version for Mac and UNIX. Version 5.5 was the last to have Compatibility Mode, which allowed Internet Explorer 4[23] to be run side by side with the 5.x.[16][24] The IE team consisted of over 1,000 people by 1999, with funding on the order of 100 million USD per year.[1][2]

Market Share History Snapshot
for October 2008[25]
IE4 - 0.01%
IE5 - 0.20%
IE6 - 37.01%
IE7 - 35.81%

Internet Explorer 6

Internet Explorer 6 was released on August 27, 2001, a few months before Windows XP. This version included DHTML enhancements, content restricted inline frames, and partial support of CSS level 1, DOM level 1, and SMIL 2.0.[26] The MSXML engine was also updated to version 3.0. Other new features included a new version of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK), Media bar, Windows Messenger integration, fault collection, automatic image resizing, P3P, and a new look-and-feel that was in line with the Luna visual style of Windows XP, when used in Windows XP. Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 offered several security enhancements and coincided with the Windows XP SP1 patch release. In 2002, the Gopher protocol was disabled and support for it was dropped in Internet Explorer 7.[27] Internet Explorer 6.0 SV1[28] came out August 6, 2004 for Windows XP SP2 and offered various security enhancements and new color buttons on the user interface. IE6 updated the original 'blue e' logo to a lighter blue and more 3D look.[16] Microsoft now considers IE6 to be an obsolete product and recommends that users upgrade to IE8. Many corporate IT users have not upgraded despite this.[29]

Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer 7 was released on October 18, 2006. It includes bug fixes, enhancements to its support for web standards, tabbed browsing with tab preview and management, a multiple-engine search box, a web feeds reader, Internationalized Domain Name support (IDN), Extended Validation Certificate support, and anti-phishing filter. With IE7, Internet Explorer has been decoupled from the Windows Shell - unlike previous versions, the Internet Explorer ActiveX control is not hosted in the Windows Explorer process, but rather runs in a separate Internet Explorer process. It is included with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, and is available for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and later, and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and later. The original release of Internet Explorer 7 required the computer to pass a Windows Genuine Advantage validation check prior to installing, but on October 5, 2007, Microsoft removed this requirement. As some statistics show, by mid-2008, Internet Explorer 7 market share exceeded that of Internet Explorer 6 in a number of regions.[30]

Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 was released on March 19, 2009. It had been in development since August 2007 at the latest.[31] On March 5, 2008, the first public beta (Beta 1) was released to the general public.[32] On August 27, 2008, the second public beta (Beta 2) was released.[33] It is supported in Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 on both 32-bit as well as 64-bit architectures.[34] Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) RC1 was released on January 26, 2009. Internet Explorer 8 "Final" was released on March 19, 2009. Security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, CSS, and Ajax support are Microsoft's priorities for IE8.[35][36] It includes much stricter compliance with web standards, including a planned full Cascading Style Sheets 2.1 compliance for the release version.[37] All these changes allow Internet Explorer 8 to pass the Acid2 test.[38] However, to prevent compatibility issues, IE8 also includes the IE7 rendering behavior. Sites that expect IE7 quirks can disable IE8's breaking changes by including a meta element in the HEAD section of the HTML document. IE8 also includes numerous improvements to JavaScript support as well as performance improvements,[37] although it still does not pass the Acid3 test, with version 8.0 scoring 20/100.[39] It includes support for Accelerators - which allow supported web applications to be invoked without explicitly navigating to them - and WebSlices - which allows portions of page to be subscribed to and monitored from a redesigned Favorites Bar.[37] Other features include InPrivate privacy features and SmartScreen phishing filter.[40]

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9, currently in development, will have complete or nearly complete support for all CSS 3 selectors, border-radius CSS 3 property, faster JavaScript, embedded ICC v2 or v4 color profiles, and hardware accelerated rendering using Direct2D and DirectWrite. Microsoft has confirmed that Web Open Font Format (WOFF) will also be supported.[41] WOFF is "a strong favorite" for standardization by the Web Fonts Working Group of W3C.[42] IE9 is supposed to fix many issues with Internet Explorer, including support of the CSS3 standard border-radius property, which means that people using IE9 will be able to see rounded corners, the same way people using Firefox can.[43]

Microsoft has continued to downplay the importance of passing the Acid3 test,[44] but speculation that IE9 would support the SVG W3C recommendation was ignited when Microsoft announced they had joined the SVG Working Group.[45] At MIX 10, the first IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured support for CSS3 and SVG, a new JScript engine called Chakra, and a score of 55/100 on the Acid3 test, up from 20/100 for IE8. On May 5, 2010, the second IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured a score of 68/100 on the Acid3 test and faster performance on the WebKit SunSpider JavaScript benchmark than the first IE9 Platform Preview. On June 23, 2010, the third IE9 Platform Preview was released, which scores 83/100 on the Acid3 test and introduced support for , , and elements and WOFF. On August 4, 2010, the fourth IE9 Platform Preview was released, which features a score of 95/100 on the Acid3 test and a faster JScript engine than the third IE9 Platform Preview. The final build of IE9 is expected to be released in 2011. Support for the HTML5 video and audio tags was also promised.[46][47] Some industry experts predict that Microsoft will release IE9 as a major out-of-band version that is not tied to any particular version of Windows.[48] According to the Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive page, "Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive". microsoft.com. http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive.  the system requirements for IE9 are Windows Vista SP2 (with Platform Upgrade and IE8) or Windows 7.[49] On August 12, 2010, Microsoft announced that the IE9 Public Beta would launch on September 15, 2010 at a special event in San Francisco linked to the idea of 'beauty of the web.'[50] It was also confirmed that the browser would only function with Windows Vista and Windows 7.[51] On September 15, 2010, Microsoft launched the IE9 Public Beta.[52]

Features

Internet Explorer has been designed to view a broad range of web pages and to provide certain features within the operating system, including Microsoft Update. During the heyday of the browser wars, Internet Explorer superseded Netscape only when it caught up technologically to support the progressive features of the time.[53]

Standards support

Internet Explorer, using the Trident layout engine:

  • supports HTML 4.01, CSS Level 1, XML 1.0, and DOM Level 1, with minor implementation gaps.
  • fully supports XSLT 1.0 as well as an obsolete Microsoft dialect of XSLT often referred to as WD-xsl, which was loosely based on the December 1998 W3C Working Draft of XSL. Support for XSLT 2.0 lies in the future: semi-official Microsoft bloggers have indicated that development is underway, but no dates have been announced.
  • partially supports CSS Level 2 and DOM Level 2, with major implementation gaps and conformance issues. Almost full conformance to CSS 2.1 has been added in the Internet Explorer 8 release.[54][55]
  • does not support XHTML, though it can render XHTML documents authored with HTML compatibility principles and served with a text/html MIME-type.
  • does not support SVG in any version.

Internet Explorer uses DOCTYPE sniffing to choose between standards mode and a "quirks mode" in which it deliberately mimicks nonstandard behaviors of old versions of MSIE for HTML and CSS rendering on screen (Internet Explorer always uses standards mode for printing). It also provides its own dialect of ECMAScript called JScript.

Internet Explorer has been subjected to criticism by W3C over its limited support for SVG promoted by W3C.[56]

Non-standard extensions

Internet Explorer has introduced an array of proprietary extensions to many of the standards, including HTML, CSS, and the DOM. This has resulted in a number of web pages that appear broken in standards-compliant web browsers and has introduced the need for a "quirks mode" to allow for rendering improper elements meant for Internet Explorer in these other browsers.

Internet Explorer has introduced a number of extensions to JScript which have been adopted by other browsers. These include the innerHTML property, which returns the HTML string within an element; the XMLHttpRequest object, which allows the sending of HTTP request and receiving of HTTP response; and the designMode attribute of the contentDocument object, which enables rich text editing of HTML documents. Some of these functionalities were not possible until the introduction of the W3C DOM methods. Its Ruby character extension to HTML is also accepted as a module in W3C XHTML 1.1, though it is not found in all versions of W3C HTML.

Microsoft submitted several other features of IE for consideration by the W3C for standardization. These include the 'behavior' CSS property, which connects the HTML elements with JScript behaviors (known as HTML Components, HTC); HTML+TIME profile, which adds timing and media synchronization support to HTML documents (similar to the W3C XHTML+SMIL); and the VML vector graphics file format. However, all were rejected, at least in their original forms. VML was, however, subsequently combined with PGML (proposed by Adobe and Sun), resulting in the W3C-approved SVG format, currently one of the few vector image formats being used on the web, and which IE is now virtually unique in not supporting.[57]

Other non-standard behaviors include: support for vertical text, but in a syntax different from W3C CSS3 candidate recommendation; Support for a variety of image effects[58] and page transitions, which are not found in W3C CSS; Support for obfuscated script code, in particular JScript.Encode().[59] Support for embedding EOT fonts in web pages.[60]

Favicon

The favicon (short for "favorites icon") introduced by Internet Explorer is now also supported and extended in other browsers. It allows web pages to specify a 16-by-16 pixel image for use in bookmarks. In IE, support was, and still is, provided only for the native Windows ICO format; in other browsers it has now been extended to other types of images such as PNG and GIF.

Usability and accessibility
in Internet Explorer 6]]

]] Internet Explorer makes use of the accessibility framework provided in Windows. Internet Explorer is also a user interface for FTP, with operations similar to that of Windows Explorer. Pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing were added respectively in Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. Tabbed browsing can also be added to older versions by installing MSN Search Toolbar or Yahoo Toolbar.

Cache

Internet Explorer caches visited content in the Temporary Internet Files folder to allow quicker access (or offline access) to previously visited pages. The content is indexed in a database file, known as Index.dat. Multiple Index.dat files exist which index different content - visited content, web feeds, visited URLs, cookies, etc.[61]

Prior to IE7, clearing the cache used to clear the index but the files themselves were not reliably removed, posing a potential security and privacy risk. In IE7 and later, when the cache is cleared, the cache files are more reliably removed, and the index.dat file is overwritten with null bytes.

Group Policy

Internet Explorer is fully configurable using Group Policy. Administrators of Windows Server domains can apply and enforce a variety of settings that affect the user interface (such as disabling menu items and individual configuration options), as well as underlying security features such as downloading of files, zone configuration, per-site settings, ActiveX control behavior and others. Policy settings can be configured for each user and for each machine. Internet Explorer also supports Integrated Windows Authentication.

Architecture

Internet Explorer uses a componentized architecture built on the Component Object Model (COM) technology. It consists of several major components, each of which is contained in a separate Dynamic-link library (DLL) and exposes a set of COM programming interfaces hosted by the Internet Explorer main executable, iexplore.exe:[62]

  • WinInet.dll is the protocol handler for HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. It handles all network communication over these protocols.
  • URLMon.dll is responsible for MIME-type handling and download of web content, and provides a thread-safe wrapper around WinInet.dll and other protocol implementations.
  • MSHTML.dll houses the Trident rendering engine introduced in Internet Explorer 4, which is responsible for displaying the pages on-screen and handling the Document Object Model of the web pages. MSHTML.dll parses the HTML/CSS file and creates the internal DOM tree representation of it. It also exposes a set of APIs for runtime inspection and modification of the DOM tree. The DOM tree is further processed by a layout engine which then renders the internal representation on screen.
  • IEFrame.dll contains the user interface and window of IE in Internet Explorer 7 and above.
  • ShDocVw.dll provides the navigation, local caching and history functionalities for the browser.
  • BrowseUI.dll is responsible for the browser user interface, including the browser chrome, which houses all the menus and toolbars.

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Internet Explorer does not include any native scripting functionality. Rather, MSHTML.dll exposes an API that permit a programmer to develop a scripting environment to be plugged-in and to access the DOM tree. Internet Explorer 8 includes the bindings for the Active Scripting engine, which is a part of Microsoft Windows and allows any language implemented as an Active Scripting module to be used for client-side scripting. By default, only the JScript and VBScript modules are provided; third party implementations like ScreamingMonkey (for ECMAScript 4 support) can also be used. Microsoft also makes available the Microsoft Silverlight runtime that allows CLI languages, including DLR-based dynamic languages like IronPython and IronRuby, to be used for client-side scripting.

Internet Explorer 8 introduces some major architectural changes, called Loosely Coupled IE (LCIE). LCIE separates the main window process (frame process) from the processes hosting the different web applications in different tabs (tab processes). A frame process can create multiple tab processes, each of which can be of a different integrity level; each tab process can host multiple web sites. The processes use asynchronous Inter-Process Communication to synchronize themselves. Generally, there will be a single frame process for all web sites. In Windows Vista with Protected Mode turned on, however, opening privileged content (such as local HTML pages) will create a new tab process as it will not be constrained by Protected Mode.[64]

Extensibility

Internet Explorer exposes a set of Component Object Model (COM) interfaces that allow other components to extend the functionality of the browser.[62] Extensibility is divided into two types: Browser extensibility and Content extensibility. The browser extensibility interfaces can be used to plug in components to add context menu entries, toolbars, menu items or Browser Helper Objects (BHO). BHOs are used to extend the feature set of the browser, whereas the other extensibility options are used to expose the feature in the UI. Content extensibility interfaces are used by different content-type handlers to add support for non-native content formats.[62] BHOs not only have unrestricted access to the Internet Explorer DOM and event model, they also can access the filesystem, registry and other OS components. Content extensibility can be either in terms of Active Documents (Doc Objects) (e.g., SVG or MathML) or ActiveX controls.[62] ActiveX controls are used for content handlers that render content embedded within an HTML page (e.g., Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight). Doc objects are used when the content type will not be embedded in HTML (e.g., Microsoft Word, PDF or XPS). In fact, the Trident rendering engine is itself exposed as a Doc object, so HTML in itself is treated as an Active Document.[62]

Internet Explorer add-on components run with the same privileges as the browser itself, unlike client-side scripts that have a very limited set of privileges. Add-ons can be installed either locally, or directly by a web site. Since the add-ons have a more privileged access to the system, malicious add-ons can and have been used to compromise the security of the system. Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 2 onwards provide various safeguards against this, including an Add-on Manager for controlling ActiveX controls and Browser Helper Objects and a "No Add-Ons" mode of operation as well as greater restrictions on sites installing add-ons.

Internet Explorer itself can be hosted by other applications via a set of COM interfaces. This can be used to embed the browser functionality inside the application. Also, the hosting application can choose to host only the MSHTML.dll rendering engine, rather than the entire browser.[62]

See also: Component Object Model and Browser Helper Object

Security

Internet Explorer uses a zone-based security framework that groups sites based on certain conditions, including whether it is an Internet- or intranet-based site as well as a user-editable whitelist. Security restrictions are applied per zone; all the sites in a zone are subject to the restrictions.

Internet Explorer 6 SP2 onwards uses the Attachment Execution Service of Microsoft Windows to mark executable files downloaded from the Internet as being potentially unsafe. Accessing files marked as such will prompt the user to make an explicit trust decision to execute the file, as executables originating from the Internet can be potentially unsafe. This helps in preventing accidental installation of malware.

Internet Explorer 7 introduced the phishing filter, that restricts access to phishing sites unless the user overrides the decision. With version 8, it also blocks access to sites known to host malware. Downloads are also checked to see if they are known to be malware-infected.

In Windows Vista, Internet Explorer by default runs in what is called Protected Mode, where the privileges of the browser itself are severely restricted - it cannot make any system-wide changes. One can optionally turn this mode off but this is not recommended. This also effectively restricts the privileges of any add-ons. As a result, even if the browser or any add-on is compromised, the damage the security breach can cause is limited.

Patches and updates to the browser are released periodically and made available through the Windows Update service, as well as through Automatic Updates. Although security patches continue to be released for a range of platforms, most feature additions and security infrastructure improvements are only made available on operating systems which are in Microsoft's mainstream support phase.

On December 16, 2008, Trend Micro recommended users switch to rival browsers until an emergency IE patch was released to fix a potential security risk which "could allow outside users to take control of a person's computer and steal their passwords". Microsoft representatives countered this recommendation, claiming that "0.02% of internet sites" were affected by the flaw.

On December 17, 2008, a fix to the security problem above became available, with the release of the Security Update for Internet Explorer KB960714, which is available from Microsoft Windows Update's webpage. Microsoft has said that this update fixes the security risk found by Trend Micro the previous day.[65][66]

Security vulnerabilities

See also: Comparison of web browsers#Vulnerabilities

Internet Explorer has been subjected to many security vulnerabilities and concerns: Much of the spyware, adware, and computer viruses across the Internet are made possible by exploitable bugs and flaws in the security architecture of Internet Explorer, sometimes requiring nothing more than viewing of a malicious web page in order to install themselves. This is known as a "drive-by install". There are also attempts to trick the user into installing malicious software by misrepresenting the software's true purpose in the description section of an ActiveX security alert.

A number of security flaws affecting IE originated not in the browser itself, but ActiveX-based add-ons used by it. Because the add-ons have the same privilege as IE, the flaws can be as critical as browser flaws. This has led to the ActiveX-based architecture being criticized for being fault-prone. By 2005, some experts maintained that the dangers of ActiveX have been overstated and there were safeguards in place.[67] In 2006, new techniques using automated testing found more than a hundred vulnerabilities in standard Microsoft ActiveX components.[68] Security features introduced in then recently released Internet Explorer 7 mitigated some of these vulnerabilities.

Internet Explorer in 2008 had a number of published security vulnerabilities. According to research done by security research firm Secunia, Microsoft did not respond as quickly as its competitors in fixing security holes and making patches available.[69] The firm also reported 366 vulnerabilities in ActiveX controls, an increase from the prior year.

According to the latest information, Secunia reports that IE6 has 24 known unpatched vulnerabilities, IE7 has 11, and IE8 has 4. The most severe unpatched Secunia advisories affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x, 7.x, and 8.x with all vendor patches applied, are all rated Extremely critical. The oldest known unpatched vulnerabilities for IE6, IE7, and IE8 date from November 7, 2003, June 6, 2006, and February 26, 2007 respectively.

According to the latest information, security research firm SecurityFocus reports that IE6 has 396 known unpatched vulnerabilities, IE7 has 22, and IE8 has 25. The oldest known unpatched vulnerabilities for IE6, IE7, and IE8 date from November 20, 2000, May 17, 2007, and April 11, 2009 respectively.

Vulnerability exploited in attacks on U.S. firms

In an advisory on January 14, 2010, Microsoft said that attackers targeting Google and other U.S. companies used software that exploits a security hole, which had already been patched, in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability affected Internet Explorer 6, IE7, and IE8 on Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Server 2003, and Server 2008 R2, as well as IE 6 Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.[70]

The German government warned users against using Internet Explorer and recommended switching to an alternative web browser, due to the major security hole described above that was exploited in Internet Explorer.[71] The Australian and French Government issued a similar warning a few days later.[72][73] The first browser they recommended was Mozilla Firefox, followed by Google Chrome.[74][75]

Market adoption and usage share

Template:Browser marketshare

See also: Usage share of web browsers

The adoption rate of Internet Explorer seems to be closely related to that of Microsoft Windows, as it is the default web browser that comes with Windows. Since the integration of Internet Explorer 2.0 with Windows 95 OSR 1 in 1996, and especially after version 4.0's release, the adoption was greatly accelerated: from below 20% in 1996 to about 40% in 1998 and over 80% in 2000.

A CNN article noted at the release of Internet Explorer 4: "Microsoft's Internet Explorer has made inroads and various estimates put its share of the browser market 30 to 35 percent from about 10 percent a year ago."[76] By 2002, Internet Explorer had almost completely superseded its main rival Netscape and dominated the market with up to 95 percent market share.

After having fought and won the browser wars of the late 1990s, Internet Explorer gained almost total dominance of the browser market. Having attained a peak of about 95% during 2002 and 2003, its market share has since declined at a slow but steady pace. This is mainly due to the adoption of Mozilla Firefox, which statistics indicate is currently the most significant competition. Nevertheless, Internet Explorer remains the dominant web browser, with a global usage share of around 60% (though measurements vary). Usage is higher in Asia and lower in Europe.

Firefox 1.0 had surpassed Internet Explorer 5 in early 2005 with Firefox 1.0 at roughly 8 percent market share.[77] An article notes at the release of Internet Explorer 7 in October 2006 that "IE6 had the lion's share of the browser market with 77.22%. Internet Explorer 7 had climbed to 3.18%, while Firefox 2.0 was at 0.69%."[78]

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Internet Explorer 7 was released at the same time as Firefox 2.0, and overtook Firefox 1.x by November 2006, at roughly 9% market share.[79] Firefox 2.0 had overtaken 1.x by January 2007,[80] but IE7 did not surpass IE6 until December 2007.[81] By January 2008, their respective version market share stood at 43% IE7, 32% IE6, 16% FF2, 4% Safari 3 and both FF1.x and IE5 versions at less than half a percent.[82]

Approximate usage over time based on various usage share counters averaged for the year overall, or for the fourth quarter, or for the last month in the year depending on availability of reference.[83][84][85][86][87][88]

Market share history overview by year and version

Approximate usage over time based on various usage share counters averaged for the year overall, or for the fourth quarter, or for the last month in the year depending on availability of reference.[83][84][85][86][87][88][89]

Total IE8 IE7 IE6 IE5 IE4 IE3 IE2 IE1
2009 sm=n 66.92%[89] sm=n 10.4%[89] sm=n 26.1%[89] sm=n 27.4%[89] sm=n 0.08%[89] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2008 sm=n 72.65%[83] sm=n 0.34%[83] sm=n 46.06%[83] sm=n 26.2%[83] sm=n 0.15%[83] sm=n 0.01%[83] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2007 sm=n 78.60%[83] sm=n - sm=n 45.5%[83] sm=n 32.64%[83] sm=n 0.45%[83] sm=n 0.01%[83] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2006 sm=n 83.30%[83] sm=n - sm=n 3.49%[83] sm=n 78.08%[83] sm=n 1.42%[83] sm=n 0.02%[83] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2005 sm=n 87.12%[83] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 82.71%[83] sm=n 4.35%[83] sm=n 0.06%[83] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2004 sm=n 91.27%[83] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 83.39%[83] sm=n 7.77%[83] sm=n 0.1%[83] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2003 sm=n 94.43%[85] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 59%[85] sm=n 34%[85] sm=n 1%[85] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2002 sm=n 93.94%[85] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 50%[85] sm=n 41%[85] sm=n 1%[85] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2001 sm=n 90.83%[85] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 19%[85] sm=n 68%[85] sm=n 5%[85] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2000 sm=n 83.95%[85] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 71%[85] sm=n 13%[85] sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
1999 sm=n 75.31%[88] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 41%[85] sm=n 36%[85] sm=n 1%[85] sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
1998 sm=n 45.00%[87] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1997 sm=n 39.40%[84] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1996 sm=n 20.00%[84] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1995 sm=n 2.90%[84] sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ?

Industry adoption

The ActiveX extension mechanism is used by many public websites and web applications, including eBay.[needs proof] Similarly, Browser Helper Objects are also used by many search engine companies and third parties for creating add-ons that access their services, such as search engine toolbars. Because of the use of COM, it is possible to embed web-browsing functionality in third-party applications. Hence, there are a number of Internet Explorer shells, and a number of content-centric applications like RealPlayer also use Internet Explorer's web browsing module for viewing web pages within the applications.

OS compatibility

IE versions, over time, have had widely varying OS compatibility, ranging from being available for many platforms and several versions of Windows to only a few versions of Windows. Many versions of IE had some support for an older OS but stopped getting updates. The increased growth of the Internet in the 1990s and 2000s means that current browsers with small market shares have more total users than the entire market early on. For example, 90% market share in 1997 would be roughly 60 million[90] users, but by the start of 2007 90% market share would equate to over 900 million users.[90] The result is that later versions of IE6 had many more users in total than all the early versions put together.

The release of IE7 at the end of 2006 resulted in a collapse of IE6 market share; by February 2007, market version share statistics showed IE6 at about 50% and IE7 at 29%.[91] Regardless of the actual market share, the most compatible version (across operating systems) of IE was 5.x, which had Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, Unix, and most Windows versions available and supported for a short period in the late 1990s (although 4.x had a more unified codebase across versions). By 2007, IE had much narrower OS support, with the latest versions supporting only Windows XP Service Pack 2 and above. Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, and 7.0 (Experimental) have also been unofficially ported to the Linux operating system from the project IEs4Linux.

Years Layout engine Microsoft Windows IBM OS/2
from 2.1
Apple Mac OS Unix (HP-UX, Solaris)
7, WS 08 R2 Vista, WS 08 WS 03 XP Me 2000 98 NT 4.0 95 NT 3.51 NT 3.5 NT 3.1 3.1x X
PPC
7.6 to
9.2.2
PPC
7.5.x
PPC
7.1 to 8.1
68K
7.1.2
PPC
7.0.1
68K
Years - - 2009 2006 2003 2001 2000 2000 1998 1996 1995 1995 1994 1993 1992 1993 2001 1997 1994 1992 1991 (1990s)
IE 9 2010
PP
Trident 5.0[92] Template:Beta Template:Beta with SP2 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 8 2008 Trident 4.0[93] Included Yes Yes with SP2 Yes with SP2/3 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 7 2006 Trident No Included Yes with SP1/2 Yes with SP2/3& No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 6 2001 Trident No No$ Included Included Yes
6.0 SP1
Yes
6.0 SP1
Yes
6.0 SP1
Yes
6.0 SP1
No No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 5.5 2000 Trident No No No No*** Included Yes Yes Yes Yes
5.5 SP2
No No No No No No No No No No No
IE 5.0 1999 Trident (Win)
Tasman (Mac)
No No No No*** No Included
5.01 SP4
Included
with 98SE
Yes Yes Yes
16-bit
No No Yes
16-bit
No Yes
5.2.3 Included
Yes¥
5.1.7 Included
No No No Yes
5.01 SP1
IE 4.5 1999 - No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Included
Yes No No No
IE 4.0 1997 Trident No No No No*** No No Included
Yes Included
OSR2.5
Yes
16-bit
No No Yes
16-bit
No No Yes
Included
Yes Yes
4.01
No Yes
IE 3.0 1996 - No No*** No No*** No No*** No Yes Included
OSR2
Yes
16-bit
Yes
16-bit
No Yes
16-bit
Win.
16-bit
No Yes
Included
Yes Yes
Included
No Template:Beta
IE 2.0 1995 - No No No No No No No Included Included
OSR1
Yes
16-bit
Yes
16-bit
Yes
16-bit
Yes
16-bit
Win.
16-bit
No Yes Yes YesŁ YesŁ
2.0.1
No
IE 1.5 1996 Spyglass No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
IE 1.0 1995 Spyglass No No No No No No No No Non-free
Plus!
No No No No No No No No No No No
[94][95]

* Internet Explorer 6 SP2 is only available as part of Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003 SP1 or SP2.
** The version of Internet Explorer included with Windows 95 varied by OSR release; 2.0 was included with OSR1, 3.0 was included with OSR2, and 4.0 was included with OSR2.5.
*** No native support, but possible with third-party "Standalone" installer.
& Final version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 does not include IE7.
$ No native support, but possible with third party Standalone installer of IE6 Alpha. See also Internet Explorer Mobile. Non-desktop versions of IE have supported Windows CE also.
Ł Internet Explorer 2.0 and 2.0.1 requires System 7.0.1 or higher. Internet Explorer 2.1 requires System 7.1 or higher.
Included Internet Explorer 3.01 in Mac OS 8.1; Internet Explorer 4.01 in Mac OS 8.5 and 8.5.1; Internet Explorer 4.5 from Mac OS 8.6 to 9.0.4; Internet Explorer 5 from Mac OS 9.1 to 9.2.2.
¥ Internet Explorer 5 Macintosh Edition requires Mac OS 7.6 or higher. Internet Explorer version 5.1; 5.1.4; 5.1.5; 5.1.6 and 5.1.7 requires Mac OS 8.0 or higher.
16 16-bit version

"Standalone" Internet Explorer

Early versions of Internet Explorer such as 5 had a compatibility mode to run Internet Explorer 4, though this feature was dropped (also, Internet Explorer for Mac users could still use 4.5 after installing IE 5). While Microsoft claims it is impossible to keep multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same machine, some hackers have successfully separated several versions of Internet Explorer, making them standalone applications. These are referred to as "standalone" IEs and have included versions 3 through 7.

Microsoft has discontinued standalone installers for Internet Explorer to the general public. However, there are unofficial procedures for downloading the complete install package. Internet Explorer standalone uses a feature introduced in Windows 2000 called DLL redirection to force it to load older DLLs than the ones installed on the system.

It is also possible to install Internet Explorer via Wine.

  • IEs4Linux automatically sets up Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0 in Wine. Supporting Internet Explorer 7 is currently in development; as of August 2007, the IE7 rendering engine can be used with the IE6 user interface.[96]

After Internet Explorer 7 is installed, an Internet Explorer 6 executable is still available in C:\WINDOWS\ie7, hidden by default. Launching this executable provides the user with the older IE6 interface, however web pages are rendered using the IE7 engine. The IE6 engine can be re-enabled by placing a file named "iexplore.exe.local" into the IE7 folder.

As an alternative to using IE standalone, Microsoft now makes available Microsoft Virtual PC images containing pre-activated copies of Windows XP with either IE 6 or IE 7 installed.[97] Microsoft recommends this approach for web developers seeking to test their pages in the different versions of IE as the standalone versions are unsupported and may not work the same way as a properly installed copy of IE.[98][99]

Removal

While a major upgrade of Internet Explorer can be uninstalled in a traditional way if the user has saved the original application files for installation, the matter of uninstalling the version of the browser that has shipped with an operating system remains a controversial one.

The idea of removing a stock install of Internet Explorer from a Windows system was proposed during the United States v. Microsoft court case. One of Microsoft's arguments, during the trial, was that removing Internet Explorer from Windows may result in system instability.

Removing Internet Explorer does have a number of consequences. Applications that depend on libraries installed by IE will fail to function, or have unexpected behaviors. The Windows help and support system will also not function due to the heavy reliance on HTML help files and components of IE. In versions of Windows before Vista, it is also not possible to run Microsoft's Windows Update or Microsoft Update with any other browser due to the service's implementation of an ActiveX control, which no other browser supports. In Windows Vista, Windows Update is implemented as a Control Panel applet.

With Windows 7, Microsoft added the ability to safely remove Internet Explorer 8 from Windows.[100] Microsoft does not allow the dependencies to be removed through this process, but the Internet Explorer executable (iexplore.exe) is removed without harming any other Windows components.

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