Internet Explorer 5.5

Microsoft Internet Explorer is a web browser application created by Microsoft primarily for Microsoft Windows. It was initially based on Spyglass Mosaic. At various points, Internet Explorer was also available for MacOS, Solaris, and HP-UX.

At its 1995 release, Internet Explorer competed with the Mosaic web browser and Netscape Navigator. Home Internet access was still somewhat new and competed against proprietary services like CompuServe, AOL, and Microsoft's own MSN.

Microsoft aggressively and abusively positioned Internet Explorer as part of their "browser war" to eliminate all competition. Microsoft fiercely pushed third party products to bundle Internet Explorer, and web sites to work only in Internet Explorer.

In 1998, Microsoft was hit with an antitrust suit, much of which involved their browser bundling.

By around 2004, Microsoft had destroyed most of their competition, dominated the browser market, and let IE stagnate until released Firefox.

After Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft supplanted IE with "Microsoft Edge" which eventually switched to the Google Chrome rendering engine. Something that would have been unthinkable back then.

Internet Explorer is freely redistributable. But is archived here, as much software (stupidly) requires it.

Release notes

IE 5.5 was bundled with Windows ME. IE 5.5 can be installed on Windows 95, NT 4, 98 and 2000.

This is the last version for Windows 95.

IE 5.5 and later were no longer available for Windows 3.1, NT 3.51, Macintosh, or any other OS.

Product type
Application Web Browser
Release date
User interface
Download count
222 (28 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (5.50.4030.2400) (beta) 5.5.4030.2400 Prerelease English 5.84MB 2
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (5.50.4134.0600) 5.5.4314.0600 English 76.77MB 4
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (5.50.4522.1800) 5.5.4522.1800 English 87.44MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (5.50.4807.2300) 5.5.4807 English 86.67MB 2
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.51 (5.51.4807.2300) 5.51.4807.2300 English 87.73MB 19


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