Internet Explorer was 20 years old
Many of you were not even born when, on 16 August 1995, Internet Explorer was released in part of a paid add-on Plus! for Windows 95. Then the Internet connection was made by means of noisy modems.
Later Microsoft decided to make IE free and to include it in Windows 98, from where it migrated to other versions of the operating system up to Windows 10. During the first 5 versions of Internet Explorer was very poor, and some of the most advanced browser features was the ability to use your browsing history and save pages to favorites.
Internet Explorer 6 are largely indistinguishable, but were adapted to the new style at the time of Windows XP. With the advent of competitors the level of Firefox and Chrome software giant has had to add new features and IE finally got tabs, protection against phishing, the ability to add RSS feeds and the search field with choice of search engine.
Internet Explorer 8 has laid the Foundation of what the Microsoft browser was in its latest versions. The eighth version was released on 19 March 2009 and brought with them «boosters», autocomplete of addresses Internet Explorer, the developer tools, the new favorites bar, the ability to search within a web page, SmartScreen filter and InPrivate browsing.
Since the browser has been improved technically, which made it significantly faster and more stable. But we should not forget that before the appearance of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft released a version of IE (on Windows 8) with touch-interface, which to this day remains the best browser for touch devices under the control of the group.
Bad reputation of Internet Explorer 6 became the ballast for the entire brand Internet Explorer and the company has not invented anything better than to create an entirely new browser. So, with Windows 10 was unveiled to the world and developed from scratch browser that now we know how Microsoft Edge.
Although IE 11 has remained in Windows 10 to maintain compatibility with older sites, this browser will never see new versions. Now standard for the operating system the browser is the Microsoft Edge, with which Microsoft hopes to regain lost ground in the market of web browsers.
Happy 20th Birthday, Internet Explorer! Thanks for all the great work you’ve done, but I’ve got it from here ? pic.twitter.com/AsfUQ7OhDt
— Microsoft Edge (@MicrosoftEdge) 16 Aug 2015