Which is the Best Version of Internet Explorer?
You may be surprised to know that the Microsoft team did not code the original Internet Explorer, but rather a smalltime company named Spyglass created it. Spyglass entered an agreement with Microsoft, only to later lose their IE license to the software giant.
Though IE debuted with version 1 for Windows and 1.5 for Windows NT, it was not until Internet Explorer 4.5 that Microsoft paid attention to security features. Internet Explorer 4.5 came out with Windows 95 with 128-bit SSL encryption, around 1997. This was the first browser that used SSL encryption. The previous versions for NT used some 68-bit TLS encryption that was not very protective. Internet Explorer 4 was the best version of Internet Explorer until IE 5.5 came out with Win 98SE.
A series of releases from IE 5 to IE 6 debuted with Windows XP. IE version 6 was considered the best version of Internet Explorer and is still shipped with XP SP2 installations. Very soon, it became public that IE6 also had several security loopholes. This forced MS to work on Internet Explorer 7, a much more secure browser.
Although, with the Windows XP release, Microsoft announced that new versions of IE would be released ONLY with new versions of Windows, they had to release IE 7 for XP even before Vista came out. This was due to the same old fact that hackers found several loopholes in IE6. Though IE7 was a hit among users, it required XP SP2 and later Windows OS.
IE8 offered several new features. It has its share of problems too and hence the divide of opinion on the best version of Internet Explorer. It is easy to repair Internet Explorer 8 problems on XP with the range of articles on Bright Hub. Check out how to speed up Internet Explorer 8. It also contains a list of IE8 problems and details how to repair Internet Explorer.
As of now, the best version is Internet Explorer 9. It is the best browser from Microsoft so far, both in speed and security.