Web Browser

Internet Explorer is Microsoft's venture into the Web Browser market. The initial version of Explorer was incarnated from Spyglass Mosaic which Microsoft licensed for a modest quarterly fee and a share of the non-Windows product revenues. As Microsoft decided to distribute Internet Explorer free of charge with their Windows operating system, they were able to avoid most royalties. This resulted in a lawsuit and a US$8 million settlement in January 1997. Being included in Windows since Windows 95 and beyond, it quickly overtook Netscape in the first Browser War and retained ~95% of market share until the early 2000's when popular alternative browsers such as Mozilla Firefox came to market sparking the 2nd browser war. Internet Explorer was long known for disobeying set web standards by the W3C until version 9 when Microsoft took a new commitment to HTML5 and web standards.

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IE 11 was the version of Internet Explorer shipped with Windows 8.1 and was made available as an upgrade for Windows 7. IE 11 is not supported on Windows 8. To obtain IE 11 users should install the free Windows 8.1 update.

Disk space requirement is representative of Windows 7 on which it can be installed upon as reported by Microsoft. Actual consumption by IE components will be less.

End of Life date representative of Windows 8/8.1. End of Life for IE 11 on Windows 7 will be upon Windows 7's end of life.


Stats/Requirements

Category: Software Application
Platform: Windows
Release: 2013
End of Life: 2023
RAM: 1 GB
Disk Space: 4.29 GB
Required CPU: 1.2GHz x86/x64
Type: Graphical