Internet Explorer - 15 years old today

Internet Explorer - 15 years old today

Summary: Internet Explorer - 15 today!

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Shesh, time sure flies!

The software giant launched the first version of the browser internet explorer 1 on August 16, 1995. It was a revised version of Spyglass Mosaic, which Microsoft had licensed from Spyglass Inc. The first version came with Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95 and the original equipment manufacturer release of Windows 95.

Here's a timeline for the different versions of Internet Explorer:

  • IE2: November 22, 1995
  • IE3: August 13, 1996
  • IE4: September 1997
  • IE5: March 18, 1999
  • IE6: August 27, 2001
  • IE7: October 18, 2006
  • IE8: March 19, 2009

It was IE3 that really propelled the browser into popularity, and usage share continued to grow to a peak in 2004, from which point it has been in devline ever since.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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  • Congrats to MS for popularizing the web!

    MS popularized the personal computer, the GUI, and the web. Congrats!
    NonZealot
    • Popularized the web for the 2.0 masses only

      @NonZealot

      Some of us still remember the seminal days (and impact) of Gopher and Voila and Mosaic, and thereafter Netscape Navigator from the Mosaic womb. IE was but a babe in loin cloths, until it was strategically "bestowed" upon the dawdling masses as a free download. The bolt on release of IE4 for NT4, and even more importantly, it's pre-packaged integration into Windows 98 and W95 OSR2.5, sealed the deal - and ultimately Netscape's fate.
      klumper
  • RE: Internet Explorer - 15 years old today

    Happy Birthday IE!! What a difference it has made over the years. Now it comes standard on every PC.
    Loverock Davidson
  • Sheesh

    [i]IE6: August 27, 2001
    IE7: October 18, 2006
    IE8: March 19, 2009[/i]

    Microsoft sure likes sitting on it doesn't it? 3 years between IE7 and IE8...
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • I am happy to say that

    I have NEVER used IE as my browser and have no plans to.
    Economister
    • It's okay, MS didn't need you to use IE

      @Economister
      There were plenty of others who did. :)
      NonZealot
      • WELL PUT! nt

        NT
        OneTwoc21
      • RE: Internet Explorer - 15 years old today

        @NonZealot By choice? Or just because it was the default browser?
        ZackCDLVI
  • RE: Internet Explorer - 15 years old today

    IE is still JB. Lulz.
    Playdrv4me
  • RE: Internet Explorer - 15 years old today

    MS never worked to upgrade/enhance IE after release of IE6. So its no more the browser of feature.
    Waheed.Haq
  • RE: Internet Explorer - 15 years old today

    No, they licensed it from Spyglass, then forgot to pay the licensing fee. In other words, they stole it.

    Spyglass sued and were awarded $8m. A small reward for providing another Microsoft innovation.
    kenift
  • a celebration

    A year or so ago, I tried out a copy of "Mosaic for the IBM" that was lying around here for the last 15+ years. Wow was it fast! Man, did it seriously fail to understand web pages!
    opcom