Internet Explorer 6

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

Internet Explorer 6 was introduced alongside Windows XP and was the longest running version of Internet Explorer until IE 7's release nearly 6 years later. IE 6 was notorious for it's assault on Web Standards and was the longtime baseline for the web. IE 6 lacked many common features such as transparent PNG.

Product type
Application Web Browser
Release date
Sun Aug 26 2001
End of life date
Mon Apr 07 2014
User interface
Download count
199 (18 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2403.0000) (beta) 6.0.2403 Prerelease English 9.29MB 2
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2462.0000) (beta) 6.0.2462 Prerelease English 10.47MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2462.0000) (beta) [Windows ME] 6.0.2462 Prerelease English 11.99MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2600.0000) 6.0.2600 English 78.86MB 4
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2800.1106) 6.0.2800 English 77.3MB 12


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