Internet Explorer

The History of Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is the most popular web browser on the market today. This browser comes standard with any computer purchase that has Windows installed within that computer. It may seem like this program has been around a long time but the truth is that it was not until 1995 that it was purchased from SpyGlass Mosaic. Under this deal, the company was to receive a partial amount of quarterly profits from Microsoft.

Versions 1 and 2 of Internet Explorer were not very widely used. It was not until the Version 3 form of Internet Explorer hit the market that this browser would increase its popularity. This coincidentally was the first version not to be developed with the aid of Spyglass Mosaic. Version 3 was released in the later stages of 1996. Along with that growth in popularity came an increased scrutiny from its users. There was a vast amount of security and privacy issues that were raised by both users and hackers regarding this project. Microsoft took these comments and about a year later, in September 1997, released Version 4 of this program.

Version 4 of Internet Explorer was the version that was included with Windows 98, which at the time was the most popular computer program on the planet. This version also had along with all other features the ability for users/companies to control the features that were available to the users of the program.

With the second version of Windows 98 came about Internet Explorer Version 5. This occurred during 1999. Since 1999, Internet Explorer has only witnessed about 2 newer versions, 6 and 7 Version 7 was only released in 2006.

Much of the criticism related to Internet Explorer stems from a long line of security and privacy issues. These criticisms are perfectly legitimate in nature but one must take into account that, for the longest time there were no other reputable browsers on the market that could compete with Internet Explorer. With the emergence of the Mozilla FireFox browser and the Opera browser, there are now greater concerns for the Internet Explorer browser to become more secure and maintain a higher level of protection. When your competitors market themselves based upon your lack of security, it is time for you to get solutions for the problems.

Some features of Internet Explorer include Contextual Go/Refresh buttons. When an URL is typed into the address bar, the button changes from Refresh to Go and when Go (or keyboard Enter) is hit, the button moves from Go to then Refresh. In this manner the space taken by the toolbars is optimized for space reasons. An added feature for Version 7 is that the menu bar can be now be hidden to permit more space for webpages to appear.

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