Internet Explorer 4

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.


Release notes

Shipped with Windows 98 and introduced the Trident rendering engine replacing what they had aquired from Spyglass. The Active Desktop update was available for Windows 95/NT 4 users who installed Internet Explorer 4.0 as an option.

Product type
Application Web Browser
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1996
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
Download count
141 (23 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (4.00.1812) for Windows 3.1 4.00.1812 English 10.73MB 3
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (4.71.0544.0) (Platform preview 1) 4.0 (4.71.0544.0 Platform Preview 1) Prerelease English 73.25MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (4.71.1008.3) (Platform preview 2) 4.0 (4.71.1008.3 Platform Preview 2) Prerelease English 54.4MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (4.71.1712.6) 4.0 (CC 4.71.1712.6) False 63.42MB 2
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (4.72.3110.1) [DEC Alpha] 4.0 (4.72.3110.1) English 50.51MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) 4.01 (CC 4.71.1712) False 64.82MB 2
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) [French] False 63.73MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) [German] False 66.44MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) [Japanese] False 66.5MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) [Korean] Maybe 66.44MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) [Polish] False 79.99MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) [Simpl. Chinese] False 62.78MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.71.1712) [Trad. Chinese] False 66.72MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.72.3612.1713) 4.01 (4.72.3612.1713) English 14.04MB 12
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Czech] False 57.5MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Danish] False 57.34MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Dutch] False 57.27MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Finnish] False 57.41MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [French] False 57.58MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [German] False 57.5MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Greek] False 55.46MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Hungarian] False 57.64MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Italian] True 57.34MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Norwegian] 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) Norwegian 57.26MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Polish] False 57.63MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Portuguese] False 57.32MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Russian] False 57.45MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Slovak] False 57.47MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Slovenian] False 55.31MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Swedish] False 57.29MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 (4.72.3612.1707) [Turkish] False 57.31MB 0

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