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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Internet Explorer 8.0 was introduced with Windows 7 and available as an upgrade for Windows XP and Vista. IE 8.0 added a slight increase of focus towards Web Standards and was capable of passing the ACID 2 test. While not as compliant as Firefox, Opera, or Safari was upon release it was a slight improvement. A compatibility view feature was introduced to emulate the old IE 7 behavior. Compatability view lists could be downloaded automatically from Microsoft.


Stats/Requirements

Category: Software Application
Platform: Windows
Release: 2009
End of Life: Unknown
RAM: Unknown
Disk Space: Unknown
Required CPU: Unknown
Type: Graphical

Downloads

Name Version Size Language Architecture Contents
IE 8.0 Beta 1 (Windows 2003)  BETA 8.00.6001.17191 15.27 MB German x86-32,amd64 File Archive
IE 8.0 Beta 1 (Windows XP)  BETA 8.00.6001.17191 15.3 MB German x86-32 File Archive
IE 8.0 Beta 2 (Server 2003)  BETA 8.00.6001.18241 16.88 MB German x86-32,amd64 File Archive
IE 8.0 Beta 2 (Windows Vista)  BETA 8.00.6001.18241 14.45 MB German x86-32,amd64 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (beta1) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.17184 15.25 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (beta1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.17184 11.69 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (beta1) [Windows XP]  BETA 8.0.6001.17184 15.27 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (x64 beta1) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.17184 30.64 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (x64 beta1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.17184 21.63 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows 2003] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.17191 15.28 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows Vista] [German]  BETA 8.00.6001.17191 12.05 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows Vista] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.17191 12.06 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows XP] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.17191 15.3 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (x64 beta1) [Windows 2003] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.17191 30.68 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (x64 beta1) [Windows Vista] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.17191 22.04 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 16.83 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows 2003] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 16.89 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 13.47 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows Vista] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 14.45 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows XP]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 16.86 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows XP] [German]  BETA 8.00.6001.18241 16.9 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows XP] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 16.9 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 33.96 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows 2003] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 34.07 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 24.58 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows Vista] [German]  BETA 8.0.6001.18241 25.59 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (rc1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18343 14.28 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (rc1) [Windows XP]  BETA 8.0.6001.18343 17.33 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (x64 rc1) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.18343 34.47 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (x64 rc1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18343 25.77 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (rc1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18344 14.28 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (rc1) [Windows XP]  BETA 8.0.6001.18344 17.37 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (x64 rc1) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.18344 34.5 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (x64 rc1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18344 25.77 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (rc1) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.18372 17.05 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (rc1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18372 14.02 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (rc1) [Windows XP]  BETA 8.00.6001.18372 17.07 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (x64 rc1) [Windows 2003]  BETA 8.0.6001.18372 34.29 MB False x86 File Archive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (x64 rc1) [Windows Vista]  BETA 8.0.6001.18372 25.62 MB False x86 File Archive