Internet Explorer 8

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 Mozilla.org 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

Internet Explorer 8.0 was bundled with Microsoft Windows 7. It could be installed on Windows XP and Windows Vista.

IE 8 attempted to improve its support for web standards, which broke compatiblity with many sites. To address this, it offered an IE 7 compatiblity view setting.

IE 8 is the last version for Windows XP.

Product type
Application Web Browser
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
2009
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
Download count
186 (2 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
IE 8.0 Beta 1 (Windows 2003) 8.00.6001.17191 Prerelease German 15.27MB 0
IE 8.0 Beta 1 (Windows XP) 8.00.6001.17191 Prerelease German 15.3MB 0
IE 8.0 Beta 2 (Server 2003) 8.00.6001.18241 Prerelease German 16.88MB 0
IE 8.0 Beta 2 (Windows Vista) 8.00.6001.18241 Prerelease German 14.45MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (beta1) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.17184 Prerelease False 15.25MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (beta1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.17184 Prerelease False 11.69MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (beta1) [Windows XP] 8.0.6001.17184 Prerelease False 15.27MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (x64 beta1) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.17184 Prerelease False 30.64MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17184) (x64 beta1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.17184 Prerelease False 21.63MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows 2003] [German] 8.0.6001.17191 Prerelease False 15.28MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows Vista] [German] 8.00.6001.17191 Prerelease False 12.05MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows Vista] [German] 8.0.6001.17191 Prerelease False 12.06MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (beta1) [Windows XP] [German] 8.0.6001.17191 Prerelease False 15.3MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (x64 beta1) [Windows 2003] [German] 8.0.6001.17191 Prerelease False 30.68MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.17191) (x64 beta1) [Windows Vista] [German] 8.0.6001.17191 Prerelease False 22.04MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 16.83MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows 2003] [German] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 16.89MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 13.47MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows Vista] [German] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 14.45MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows XP] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 16.86MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows XP] [German] 8.00.6001.18241 Prerelease False 16.9MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (beta2) [Windows XP] [German] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 16.9MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 33.96MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows 2003] [German] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 34.07MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 24.58MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18241) (x64 beta2) [Windows Vista] [German] 8.0.6001.18241 Prerelease False 25.59MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (rc1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18343 Prerelease False 14.28MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (rc1) [Windows XP] 8.0.6001.18343 Prerelease False 17.33MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (x64 rc1) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.18343 Prerelease False 34.47MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18343) (x64 rc1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18343 Prerelease False 25.77MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (rc1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18344 Prerelease False 14.28MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (rc1) [Windows XP] 8.0.6001.18344 Prerelease False 17.37MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (x64 rc1) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.18344 Prerelease False 34.5MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18344) (x64 rc1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18344 Prerelease False 25.77MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (rc1) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.18372 Prerelease False 17.05MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (rc1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18372 Prerelease False 14.02MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (rc1) [Windows XP] 8.00.6001.18372 Prerelease False 17.07MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (x64 rc1) [Windows 2003] 8.0.6001.18372 Prerelease False 34.29MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372) (x64 rc1) [Windows Vista] 8.0.6001.18372 Prerelease False 25.62MB 1

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