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Internet Explorer

Knowledge Identifier: $Internet_Explorer


Internet Explorer

Series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995 add

Category: Business (10)

Launched in 1990.

Countries: (65%), United States (16%), Europe (8%)

Main connections: Microsoft, Google Chrome, Microsoft Windows

Linked to: Microsoft, Spyglass, Inc., Netscape, Apple Inc.




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After having fought and won the browser wars of the late 1990s, Internet Explorer gained almost total dominance of the browser market add something


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 add something


In late 1994, & Microsoft licensed Spyglass Mosaic for a quarterly fee plus a percentage of Microsoft's non-Windows revenues for the software add something


"'Internet Explorer"' 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 add something


Vincent Connare - Besides text typefaces he finalized and hinted the font Marlett which has been used for scalable User Interface icons in Microsoft Windows since 1995 and created portions of the font Webdings that was first shipped with Internet Explorer


The first version of Internet Explorer made its debut on 16 August 1995 add something


Microsoft - The company released Windows 95 on August 24, 1995, featuring pre-emptive multitasking, a completely new user interface with a novel start button, and 32-bit compatibility; similar to NT, it provided the Win32 API. Windows 95 came bundled with the online service MSN, and for OEMs Internet Explorer, a web browser


"'Internet Explorer 2"' was released for Windows 95, Windows NT 3,5, and NT 4,0 on 22 November 1995 add something


Microsoft was sued by Synet Inc. in 1996 over the trademark infringement add something


Version 2 was included in Windows 95 OSR 1 and Microsoft's "Internet Starter Kit for Windows 95" in early 1996 add something


It launched with twelve languages, including English, but by April 1996, this expanded to 24, 20, and 9 for Win 95, Win 3,1, and Mac, respectively add something


Version 2,1 for the Mac came out in August 1996, although by this time, Windows was getting 3,0 add something


ECMAScript - JScript was included in Internet Explorer 3,0, released in August 1996


JavaScript - Microsoft introduced JavaScript support in its own web browser, Internet Explorer, in version 3,0, released in August 1996


"'Internet Explorer 3"' was released on 13 August 1996 and went on to be much more popular than its predecessors add something


The first major IE security hole, the Princeton Word Macro Virus Loophole, was discovered on 22 August 1996 in IE3 add something


The words, Microsoft, Internet, and Explorer were removed in 1997 add something


Web typography - However, Internet Explorer added support for the font downloading feature in version 4,0, released in 1997


JavaScript Style Sheets - Soon after Netscape Communicator's release in 1997, Netscape stopped promoting JSSS, instead focusing on the rival CSS standard, which was supported by Internet Explorer and had much wider industry acceptance


"'Internet Explorer 4"', released in September 1997, deepened the level of integration between the web browser and the underlying operating system add something


Microsoft - In October 1997, the Justice Department filed a motion in the Federal District Court, stating that Microsoft violated an agreement signed in 1994 and asked the court to stop the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows


The IE team consisted of over 1,000 people by 1999, with funding on the order of per year add something


Ajax (programming) - In 1999, Microsoft used its iframe technology to dynamically update the news stories and stock quotes on the default page for Internet Explorer, and created the XMLHTTP ActiveX control in Internet Explorer 5, which was later adopted by Mozilla, Safari, Opera and other browsers as the XMLHttpRequest JavaScript object


"'Internet Explorer 5"', launched on 18 March 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 add something


Internet Explorer 5,01, a bug fix version included in Windows 2000, was released in December 1999 add something


Some corporate IT users have not upgraded despite this, in part because some still use Windows 2000, which will not run Internet Explorer 7 or above add something


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 add something


"'Internet Explorer 6"' was released on 27 August 2001, a few months before Windows XP add something


By 2002, Internet Explorer had almost completely superseded its main rival Netscape and dominated the market with up to 95 percent market share add something


In 2002, the Gopher protocol was disabled, and support for it was dropped in Internet Explorer 7 add something


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 add something


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 add something


This version of Internet Explorer is more popularly known as IE6 SP2, given that it is included with Windows XP Service Pack 2, but this can lead to confusion when discussing Windows Server 2003, which includes the same functionality in the SP1 update to that operating system add something


Smart client - In 2004, Microsoft began using the term to refer to .NET applications delivered via its ClickOnce methodology from Internet Explorer browsers to Windows XP


By 2005, some experts maintained that the dangers of ActiveX have been overstated and there were safeguards in place add something


Firefox 1,0 had surpassed Internet Explorer 5 in early 2005 with Firefox 1,0 at roughly 8 percent market share add something


NetZero - In June 2005, the company released a new client that replaced the advertising bar with an Internet Explorer browser helper object


In 2006, new techniques using automated testing found more than a hundred vulnerabilities in standard Microsoft ActiveX components add something


Phishing - According to a report by Mozilla in late 2006, Firefox 2 was found to be more effective than Internet Explorer 7 at detecting fraudulent sites in a study by an independent software testing company


Phishing - According to a report by Mozilla in late 2006, Firefox 2 was found to be more effective than Internet Explorer 7 at detecting fraudulent sites in a study by an independent software testing company


Extended Validation Certificate - In 2006, researchers at Stanford University and Microsoft Research conducted a usability study of the EV display in Internet Explorer 7


Webattacker - The software appears to be updated regularly to exploit new flaws, such as the flaw discovered in September 2006 in how Internet Explorer handles certain graphics files


"'Internet Explorer 7"' was released on 18 October 2006 add something


By 2007, IE had much narrower OS support, with the latest versions supporting only Windows XP Service Pack 2 and above add something


Opera Software - In 2007, Opera filed a complaint against Microsoft in the European Commission, alleging that bundling Internet Explorer with Microsoft Windows is harmful to both the consumer and to other web browser companies


ECMAScript - In late 2007, a debate between Eich, later the Mozilla Foundation's CTO, and Chris Wilson, Microsoft's platform architect for Internet Explorer, became public on a number of blogs


RSS - In June 2007, the board revised their version of the specification to confirm that namespaces may extend core elements with namespace attributes, as Microsoft has done in Internet Explorer 7


It had been in development since August 2007 at the latest add something


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 add something


Internet Explorer 9 is only supported on Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 add something


Internet Explorer in 2008 had a number of published security vulnerabilities add something


Internet Explorer was to be omitted from Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in Europe, but Microsoft ultimately included it, with a browser option screen allowing users to select any of several web browsers add something


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 add something


Cascading Style Sheets - By 2008, the first Beta of Internet Explorer 8 offered support for CSS 2,1 in its best web standards mode


On 5 March 2008, the first public beta was released to the general public add something


On 27 August 2008, the second public beta was released add something


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" add something


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 add something


Microsoft first announced Internet Explorer 9 at PDC 2009, and spoke mainly about how it takes advantage of hardware acceleration in DirectX to improve the performance of web applications and quality of web typography add something


Web browser - In January 2009, the European Commission announced it would investigate the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows operating systems from Microsoft, saying "Microsoft's tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice


Internet Explorer 8 RC1 was released on 26 January 2009 add something


Internet Explorer 8 "Final" was released on March 19, 2009 add something


"'Internet Explorer 8"' was released on 19 March 2009 add something


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 add something - The initial March 2010 list had Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari in the first tier, with Avant Browser, Flock, GreenBrowser, K-Meleon, Maxthon, Sleipnir and SlimBrowser in the second tier


BlogTV - On June 29, 2010 the site released its 2,0 version of the toolbar, with many more features, Currently the toolbar is only available for Internet Explorer, $ Firefox and the Firefox related browsers with the ability to use Firefox Add-ons Epic Browser and Wyzo


According to an October 2010 report in The Register, researcher Chris Evans had detected a known security vulnerability which, dating back to 2008, had not been fixed for at least 600 days add something


In December 2010, researchers have been able to bypass the "Protected Mode" feature in Internet Explorer add something


In 2011, a report by Accuvant, funded by Google, rated the security of Internet Explorer worse than Google Chrome but better than Mozilla Firefox add something


Dazzboard 2.0 - As of 2011, the application can be used on only Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer and Firefox


Microsoft Dynamics CRM - Besides Internet Explorer the Chrome and Firefox browsers are fully supported since Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 12


The release candidate was released on February 10, 2011, and featured improved performance, refinements to the UI, and further standards support add something


The final version was released during the South by Southwest music and film festival in Austin, Texas, on 14 March 2011 add something


"'Internet Explorer 9"' was released on 14 March 2011 add something


According to Microsoft's site, the images were last released on 16 August 2011 and expired on 17 November 2011 add something


Antivirus software - In October 2011, & Microsoft Security Essentials removed the Google Chrome web browser, rival to Microsoft's own Internet Explorer


Web browser - In December 2011, Chrome overtook Internet Explorer 8 as the most widely used web browser but still had lower usage than all versions of Internet Explorer combined


In May 2012 it was announced that Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide add something


Web browser - Chrome's user-base continued to grow and in May 2012, Chrome's usage passed the usage of all versions of Internet Explorer combined


Internet Explorer is now available on Xbox 360 with Kinect support, as of October 2012 add something


"'Internet Explorer 10"' became generally available on October 26, 2012 alongside Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 add something


Watering Hole - In December 2012, the Council on Foreign Relations website was found to be infected with malware through a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer


It became available for Windows 7 on February 26, 2013 add something


A build of "'Internet Explorer 11"' is featured in a build of Windows 8's "Blue" update which leaked in March 2013 add something


Google Chrome - As of June 2013, according to StatCounter, Chrome overtook Internet Explorer for the first time in the US.


A preview was made available on June 26, 2013 as it is bundled with the Windows 8,1 Preview add something


On July 25, 2013 Microsoft launched the developer preview for Internet Explorer 11 add something


Adblock Plus - Adblock Plus has been available for Internet Explorer since August 2013


Microsoft claim that Internet Explorer 11, running the WebKit Sunspider JavaScript Benchmark, is the fastest browser as of 15 October 2013 add something


"'Internet Explorer 11"' is featured in a Windows 8,1 update which was released on October 17, 2013 add something


Internet Explorer 11 was made available for Windows 7 users to download on November 7, 2013, with Automatic Updates in the following weeks add something


On April 26, 2014, Microsoft issued a security advisory relating to a vulnerability that could allow "remote code execution" in Internet Explorer versions 6 to 11 add something


On April 28, 2014, the United States Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team released an advisory stating that the vulnerability could result in "the complete compromise" of an affected system add something


The vulnerability was resolved with a security update May 1, 2014 add something


On January 21 2015, Microsoft officially announced an Internet Explorer successor called Spartan add something


Microsoft Edge - In early-January 2015, "The Verge" obtained further details surrounding "Spartan" from sources close to Microsoft, including reports that it would replace Internet Explorer on both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10


Microsoft Edge - Officially unveiled on January 21, 2015, and first publicly released as a preview on March 30, 2015, it will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser of Windows 10 PCs, smartphones and tablets


On March 17, 2015, Microsoft announced that Spartan, will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser on its Windows 10 devices add something


RSS - As of August 2015, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer include RSS support by default, with the notable exceptions of both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge


Starting January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer on each operating system will be supported add something


In February 2016, Firefox overtook Internet Explorer add something


Windows 10 - In March 2016, Microsoft released a security patch for Internet Explorer 11 that, according to its documentation, bundles an update which adds advertising for Windows 10 on the new tab page


A more recent browser security white paper comparing Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11 by X41 D-Sec in 2017 came to similar conclusions, based on sandboxing and support of legacy web technologies add something


Ghostery - As of 2017, Ghostery is available for Mozilla $ & Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, $Microsoft_Edge, Opera, Safari, iOS, Android, and Firefox for Android


RSS - It was announced in July 2018, that $ Mozilla would be removing RSS support from Mozilla Firefox, joining Google Chrome and $Microsoft Edge which do not include RSS support, thus making Internet Explorer the last major browser to include RSS support by default


Internet Explorer, however, remains on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 primarily for enterprise purposes add something