Windows Internet Explorer Initially called Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE). Internet explorer is one of the first graphical-based Web browsers developed by Microsoft   part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995. It was first released for Windows 95 that year. The latest stable release is Internet Explorer 9, which is available as a free update for Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

             As with most modern browsers, Internet Explorer supports Java, JavaScript, ActiveX, RSS, CSS and Ajax, while also offering features like tabbed browsing, private browsing, and built-in malware and phishing protection.
The Internet Explorer project was started in the summer of 1994 by Thomas Reardon, using source code from Spyglass, Inc.
 
Versions of Internet Explorer
 

Versions

Released Date

Included OS

Features

IE - 01

16 August 1995

Windows 95 and the OEM release of Windows 95

It was a reworked version of Spyglass Mosaic, which Microsoft had licensed

IE - 02

22 Nov. 1995

Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5, and NT 4.0

It support for SSL, cookies, VRML, RSA, and Internet newsgroups.

IE - 03

13 August 1996

It included with Windows 95 OSR 2. Version 3

It also introduced support for ActiveX controls, Java applets, inline multimedia, and the PICS system for content metadata.

IE - 04

September 1997

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Internet Mail and News was replaced with Outlook Express, and Microsoft Chat and an improved NetMeeting were also included

IE - 05

18 March 1999

Windows 98 Second Edition and bundled with Office 2000,

It 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

IE - 06

27 August  2001

Used in Windows XP

included DHTML enhancements, content restricted inline frames, and partial support of CSS level 1, DOM level 1, and SMIL 2.0

IE - 07

18 October 2006

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.

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 an anti-phishing filter.

IE - 08

19 March 2009

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 and 64-bit architectures

It includes much stricter compliance with web standards, including a planned full Cascading Style Sheets 2.1 compliance for the release version. All of these changes allowed Internet Explorer 8 to pass the Acid2 test

IE - 09

14 March 2011

Update of Windows 7, server 2008,vista

It supports several CSS 3 properties (including border-radius, box-shadow, etc.), embedded ICC v2 or v4 color profiles support via Windows Color System. More Click Here

IE - 10

releasing the first Platform Preview at the same time

Update -Windows Vista and will only run on Windows 7 and Windows 8

This release further improves upon standards support, including CSS3 gradients. Internet Explorer 10 drops support for Windows Vista and will only run on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Features Compare between Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9

 

IE 7

IE 8

IE 9

Performance improvements that can help you get work done quickly

yes

yes

Improved to other

View and manage add-ons performance

yes

yes

Improved to other

Fast startup and shutdown to allow more browsing time

 

yes

Improved to other

New JavaScript engine that loads pages faster and improves overall performance

 

yes

Improved to other

Full hardware acceleration for text, graphics, and video to provide a rich web experience

   

yes

Automatic notification when add-ons slow browser performance

   

yes

Fully hardware-accelerated HTML5 for rich web experiences

   

yes

Easy and intuitive browsing

yes

yes

yes

One-click access to common tasks and favorite sites

 

yes

yes

Privacy settings put you in control of what information gets sent to search providers

 

yes

yes

Suggested Sites and visual search suggestions

 

yes

Improved to other

Seamless web experience on Windows 7 with features like Jump Lists and taskbar previews

 

yes

Improved to other

Combined search and Address bar for easy searching or surfing

   

Improved to other

Unobtrusive, informative messages that don't interrupt your browsing

   

Improved to other

Simplified browsing using fewer controls

   

Improved to other

Increased webpage viewing area

   

Improved to other

Enhanced tab experience with Tear-off tabs and Aero Snap

   

Improved to other

Quick navigation to favorite sites from the Windows 7 taskbar

   

Improved to other

Helps protect against phishing attacks

yes

yes

yes

Corrects display problems with older sites

yes

yes

yes

Gives you better control over your browsing privacy and whether certain third-party websites can track your browsing activity

 

yes

yes

Helps protect against socially engineered malware attacks

 

yes

yes

Isolates crashes in one tab from all other tabs and automatically reloads crashed pages

 

yes

Improved to other

Helps protect against malicious cross-site scripting attacks

 

yes

Improved to other

Highlights domain names in the Address bar to alert you to potentially deceptive websites

 

yes

Improved to other

Resumes incomplete downloads after restarting

   

Improved to other

Provides a single location to monitor and interact with the files you download

   

Improved to other

Helps you monitor and manage your add-ons

   

Improved to other

Tab recovery with messaging and prompting in the Notification Bar

   

Improved to other

 

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