Microsoft Internet Explorer – An Introduction
Microsoft Internet Explorer was built upon the source code acquired from Spyglass Mosaic. Looking at the history of Microsoft, the company acquired Spyglass around 1994. Though there was a revenue sharing agreement between Microsoft and Spyglass for distribution of the browser, Microsoft never paid anything to Spyglass as they altered the code to name it Microsoft Internet Explorer and started offering it as an add-on to Windows in 1995. This later resulted in lawsuit carrying a multi-million dollar settlement.
After the settlement, Microsoft started offering the browser as bundled software to Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95. The Microsoft Internet Explorer was renamed Internet Explorer and is now famous as IE for short. The second version of Internet Explorer supported SSL, cookies, and newsgroups. It was also released for Windows 95. At this time, it had a major browser market share of more than 80 percent which is now reduced to around 60 percent owing to lawsuits and competition from likes of Mozilla and Google.
The latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer is IE8, which contains several features such as emailing, blogging, citing without actually navigating away from the website. The next effort of Microsoft is IE9, which is still under construction as of now. IE9 is supposed to use advanced hardware acceleration for faster surfing experience. This means that IE9 will not support Windows XP. Only users of Windows Vista and later versions can use the next versions of IE.
In this article, we will talk about the IE8, which is by far, the most stable and feature-enriched browser. Even with several features, there are several problems in IE8 that lead people to believe that IE8 is not worth using. This mindset of people, open criticism, and some lawsuits has lead to a sharp decline of IE in the browser market share, especially in European countries where IE8 is no longer a Windows-bundled software but an optional one. Windows 7 contains a browser ballot screen that allows user to choose whether or not they want IE8 on their computer. For details, please refer to MS Windows may have to include other Browsers in the OS. All Windows OS prior to Windows 7 carried IE as an essential component.