A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

Summary: Check out the many interfaces of Internet Explorer versions 1 to 9


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  • IE8 introduced the Accelerator feature which is a separate context menu that appears when you highlight a word or phrase. Internet Explorer's "accelerators" speed up your follow-through by offering shortcuts to blog, e-mail, map, search, define the word, and so on--without starting a new action in another screen.

    Credit: Jessica Dolcourt CNET

  • Internet Explorer's visual search field previews information without opening a new Web page. After entering a search term, you can click a partnered search-engine icon below the text field to get a preview of the results. From here, you'll be able to quickly navigate to the Web site, or in this case, click elsewhere on the screen and continue what you're doing.

    Credit: Jessica Dolcourt CNET

  • If you begin from a search results page, you might open several new tabs from links on that page. When you do, the parent tab and each new tab pick up a distinctive color.

Topics: Windows, Browser, Microsoft

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  • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

    I'm probably remembering it wrong but I didn't think IE supported frames till version 3. I do remember that Netscape supported frames and Java at the time but IE didn't till version 3.
  • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

    I don't remember that "the tabbed interface makes using internet Explorer 7 a dream."

    Most of my memories with IE7 were more nightmarish, when we found most IE6 "optimized" sites started falling like leaves on Autumn. Then came all the pop up blocker stuff and finally all the problems with the CSS hacks.

    As much as MS wants us to hate IE6, no current feature makes "upgrading" compelling, albeit in the end most will either do that or switch to other browsers.
    • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9


      Upgrading not compelling? Anything is better than IE6. In order to better support Firefox and other browsers, nearly all websites are now supporting standards based browsers anyways, and that means that IE8 works fine.

      The days of "IE6 optimized" websites are over, as far as I can tell. Internal corporate networks may still use it, but I haven't seen a public website touting "IE6 optimized" in a long time.

      I'm sure they may still exist - but they've long since fallen off my radar, as most of them are rather useless now. They don't get updated, so might as well make a permanent copy of them. Printing to PDF usually works.
      • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

        @CobraA1 Try using Opera (which is at least as compliant as IE and Firefox) on a lot of sites; many still simply reject it because it *isn't* IE or Firefox.

        (In fact, my ISP's account management website not only rejects Opera categorically, it advises me to get a "modern" browser - like IE or *Netscape*...)
    • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

      @cosuna Websites optimized for a certain browser are the fault of the designer of that site, not Microsoft. That's just called poor planning on the part of the web developer. An an amateur designer myself, I can't ever make the assumption that all of my viewers will be using the same browser. IE6 is nothing more than a security hole, and a slug. It's like driving through the desert with the heat on, you have access to air conditioning, so why not use it?
  • Where is Al Gore when you need him

    That 3rd pic, the Icon of the magnifier with the Earth, its shortcut reads "The Internet." Shouldn't that be "The Internet by Al Gore" ?
  • Ah yes . . .

    Ah yes, IE4 and the channel bar - which nobody I knew ever used.

    And Active Desktop, the beginning of the worst decision Microsoft ever made: To actually integrate IE deeply into Windows.

    I'd mark that as the beginning of people (including myself) really hating Internet Explorer. Before then, it was just competition for Netscape. The first of Microsoft's really nasty moves, which wouldn't be reversed until IE7.

    And ah, yes, IE6. Microsoft, fully satisfied that they had killed Netscape and the rest of the competition, basically seemed to have pledged to stop updating IE forever.

    That wouldn't change until a Phoenix rose out of the ashes of Netscape and became Firefox, which would outwit IE6 and show how much the Internet could really improve.

    With Firefox taking market share from IE6 constantly and eventually rising to a very respectable percentage of the total Internet, Microsoft basically had to start updating IE again. IE7 and IE8 bought IE much closer to standards compliance, and it looks like IE9 will pay attention to performance as well.

    Hopefully, Microsoft can earn some respect back. Hopefully. Right now, there's still a lot of hate for IE and the really bad things Microsoft did with it in the past.

    The only big question mark right now with IE9 is the interface. I really hope that Microsoft does [b]NOT[/b] tack on the interface from the previous versions onto the new one. Google Chrome and Firefox beta are both showing that minimalistic, lightweight interfaces work great on a browser. IMO Microsoft should really take this opportunity to overhaul their UI as well as their engine.
  • You forgot IE 5.5 SP2 disabled Plugins

    This was not disclosed and later MS stated was done for security reasons. We all know ActiveX is way less secure then Netscape style plugin support. Oh yeah, that support was done with ActiveX plugin.ocx that still exists in the OS today and is not used. At least that we know of.
  • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

    Do you realize that the slideshow navigation arrows block the IE logos that you took the time to comment on in the upper right hand corner of the images? It would be nice to see what you are describing...
    • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

      @junkmail@... I haven't tried right-clicking the images to download/open them separately, but i bet it would work.
    • just click on the picture...

      @junkmail@... it opens the image in it's own separate window.
  • RE: Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 9

    Nice history. Now, could someone please explain to me why IE has always been one of the ugliest pieces of software ever designed? Started looking better around Vista, but the brick wall background was completely appropriate for all prior versions.
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    Although, IE is good browser but Mozilla firefox and google chrome is better than it.