50 Interesting Internet Explorer Facts You Can't-Miss

It all started with a small team.

Internet Explorer 1 had the codename “O’Hare”.

Internet Explorer 2 sought to emulate Netscape Navigator.

Many websites then were only available for Netscape Navigator, which prompted Microsoft to implement changes to Internet Explorer. They adopted Netscape’s HTML features and emulated the overall look of Netscape Navigator. Internet Explorer 2 was also the first version available for Mac OS.

Version 3.0 was Microsoft’s big break.

Internet Explorer was a key player in the browser wars.

With Netscape Navigator competing with Internet Explorer for the more dominant market share, Internet Explorer began to turn the tides against the Navigator. The key turning point of the First Browser War was when Microsoft began integrating Internet Explorer with every copy of Windows operating systems. This made it the default browser in many personal computers, with only few buyers having interest in installing other browsers.

The First Browser War culminated with Internet Explorer taking the place of Netscape Navigator as the most dominant web browser. Although its fame was slowly declining by the time of the Second Browser War, it still had its fair share of users.

It was once one of the most widely-used browsers.

Microsoft made Internet Explorer difficult to uninstall.

Some websites can only be viewed in Internet Explorer.

Microsoft got in trouble for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows 95.

Spyglass threatened Microsoft with a contractual audit in 1997. Microsoft and Spyglass reached an agreement on the royalties when Microsoft bought out future royalties through 1998 for $8 million.

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It played a role on why web browsers are free.

Microsoft was sued for unlawful monopoly because of Internet Explorer.

Judge Thomas Jackson found Microsoft guilty in April 2000 and ordered the breakup of the company into two units. One unit would be dedicated to developing the operating systems, while the other would work on the software components. While the courts held the notion that Microsoft was operating an illegal monopoly, the order for the company’s breakup was overturned.

Internet Explorer 4 still had lots of users 11 years after its release.

It apparently had a hidden Easter egg.

Early Microsoft products often included a number of Easter eggs. However, Microsoft stopped putting Easter eggs in their products because of their Trustworthy Computing Initiative, which was launched in 2002.

Some Microsoft employees dumped an Internet Explorer logo in front of Netscape’s building.

Microsoft spent a lot of resources on Internet Explorer.

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Internet Explorer popularized favicons.

Internet Explorer was available on various devices.

It gained another competitor by 2004.

Mozilla Firefox launched in 2004 and quickly rose to fame with 60 million Firefox downloads within nine months. The launch of Firefox largely marked the start of the Second Browser War.

There is a law in South Korea that requires people to use Internet Explorer for e-commerce.

It had some significant security issues.

Its own failings in security and its deep integration with Windows OS called the attention of tech security experts. Visiting an untrustworthy website using the browser would have resulted in the computer being infected by malware. The malware could then steal the user’s personal data. The tech website PCWorld even dubbed it “the least secure software on the planet”.

Internet Explorer has an official anime mascot.

By this time, Internet Explorer was becoming less popular. Microsoft created Inori Aizawa to entice anime fans into using Internet Explorer again. She had an overall positive reception, but Microsoft did not use Inori Aizawa as an official worldwide mascot. Microsoft never used Inori for marketing campaigns outside of Asia.

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It took five years for Internet Explorer 7 to come out.

Users remained hesitant to update their browsers even though IE7 was a more advanced version. It therefore struggled to compete with IE6 and eventually opened up the door for other competitors to rise up to the challenge.

Internet Explorer 8 struggled to keep up with competition.

An online retailer in Australia implemented an “Internet Explorer 7 tax”.

Microsoft made a video poking fun at Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 9 was actually efficient.

Microsoft released IE9 as a standalone product without bundling it with an operating system. They overhauled the user interface and security tools in Internet Explorer 9 and managed to fix some performance issues. The program scored very well on the Acid-3 test, and product reviewers rated it as on par with other leading browsers.

Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer in 2012.

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Internet Explorer 11’s performance was on par with Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge will take the place of Internet Explorer.

The final version to be released is Internet Explorer 11.

Originally published at https://facts.net on August 26, 2020.



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