Microsoft celebrates Internet Explorer's 15th birthday

Microsoft's web browser, Internet Explorer, today celebrates its fifteenth birthday as the Redmond-based giant prepares to unveil the next version, Internet Explorer 9.

The web browser, the world's most used (but arguably most hated) according to recent NetApplications figures, was born on the 16th of August, 1995 when version 1.0 was made available to the public. The first version of IE was based off Spyglass's Mosaic application -- which Microsoft originally licensed but was eventually used to form the code basis for future versions of IE.

It wasn't until version 3.0, released on August 13, 1996 that Microsoft first began bundling the web browser into Windows, making it the default web browser and exponentially growing the browsers market share, pushing out market leader Netscape Navigator.

Since the debut of Mozilla Firefox in 2004, it's been a tough old slog for IE, which is now facing an increasingly competitive browser field with competitors such as Google Chrome, Opera and newer editions of Firefox, that has left the browser facing a slowly eroding market share.

And just last year Microsoft was also faced with a European Union decision to force the company to stop making IE the default Windows web browser in Europe last year, with the company now showing users a "browser ballot" when they turn on newly purchased Windows computers for the first time.

The future is looking better for IE however, with version 9 of the browser widely expected to be released later this year with a possible beta as soon as September 15. IE 9 is expected to better conform to web industry standards such as CSS, and will reportedly feature a user interface similar to that of Google Chrome alongside for the first time a downloads manager.

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IE9 Beta Leaked video, not preview!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pilaLCBHksg

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Our website has got the IE9 Beta installer through a certain insider of Microsoft. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the complete installer now. But, we will be happy to show you all the fancy functions of IE9 by playing the video clip made by us. Please tell us what you want to see through our website. Let's share the best IE now.
http://iebest.com:"

IE9 Beta Leaked video, not preview!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pilaLCBHksg

"
Our website has got the IE9 Beta installer through a certain insider of Microsoft. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the complete installer now. But, we will be happy to show you all the fancy functions of IE9 by playing the video clip made by us. Please tell us what you want to see through our website. Let's share the best IE now.
http://iebest.com:"

IE9 Beta Leaked video, not preview!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pilaLCBHksg

"
Our website has got the IE9 Beta installer through a certain insider of Microsoft. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the complete installer now. But, we will be happy to show you all the fancy functions of IE9 by playing the video clip made by us. Please tell us what you want to see through our website. Let's share the best IE now.
http://iebest.com:"

IE9 Beta Leaked video, not preview!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pilaLCBHksg

"
Our website has got the IE9 Beta installer through a certain insider of Microsoft. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the complete installer now. But, we will be happy to show you all the fancy functions of IE9 by playing the video clip made by us. Please tell us what you want to see through our website. Let's share the best IE now.
http://iebest.com:"

IE9 Beta Leaked video, not preview!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pilaLCBHksg

"
Our website has got the IE9 Beta installer through a certain insider of Microsoft. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the complete installer now. But, we will be happy to show you all the fancy functions of IE9 by playing the video clip made by us. Please tell us what you want to see through our website. Let's share the best IE now.
http://iebest.com:"

Very nice. Been using it since 5.0 and never regreted (except when it crashes or something doesnt work). Can't wait for next release though.

15 years old and it still throws it's toy's out the pram when you give it some css/js to play with >.> Must be those hormonal teen years.

Question is, when does the acne show up and it starts to rebel? When will it realise there is standards too meet?

Hey, the article is a little bit unfair. Remember, you have to pay big bucks for Netscape Navigator to get commercial version otherwise you stuck at evaluation. At that time, IE come to save the days. It is free and faster than the old Netscape Navigator. Instead of striving harder, Netscape failed the competition in term of development. The point is the hero in the past now become someone that you hate. How unfair!!

satus said,
Remember, you have to pay big bucks for Netscape Navigator to get commercial version otherwise you stuck at evaluation.

That's not entirely true either.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netscape_Navigator

The first few releases of the product were made available in "commercial" and "evaluation" versions; for example, version "1.0" and version "1.0N". The "N" evaluation versions were completely identical to the commercial versions; the letter was there to remind people to pay for the browser once they felt they had tried it long enough and were satisfied with it. This distinction was formally dropped within a year of the initial release, and the full version of the browser continued to be made available for free online, with boxed versions available on floppy disks (and later CDs) in stores along with a period of phone support.

I still have a t-shirt from the release of IE 3.0. Back then, Microsoft held a contest and the grand prize was a Ford Explorer (get it?). All I ended up winning was the t-shirt, but it has lasted me a long time, so it must have been pretty good quality. Actually, right now it is in a bag of clothes that I'm going to donate to charity. Maybe someone else will get a few more years of use out of it.

IE is still #1 in my book, even if I DO use 2 other browsers more often.

It is still my default for opening links from programs, etc.

Nothing wrong with IE to anyone that's not simply a MS hater or fanboy!

Nero3000 said,
"reportedly feature a user interface similar to that of Google Chrome"

Where was that article? I'm genuinely interested.

I would like to see Microsoft's quote on that too.

Nero3000 said,
"reportedly feature a user interface similar to that of Google Chrome"

Where was that article? I'm genuinely interested.

Check out the "as soon as September 15" link.

I remember when 3.0 was useless & 4.0 introduced major desktop updates for Windows 95 I used Netscape Navigator back then tho.

Happy Birthday IE, its been a tough childhood eh?

Neobond said,
I remember when 3.0 was useless & 4.0 introduced major desktop updates for Windows 95 I used Netscape Navigator back then tho.

Happy Birthday IE, its been a tough childhood eh?

Add major desktop instability to that too.