Internet Explorer – Either You Love It or Hate It
Internet Explorer is an extremely popular web browser software program. It comes with a graphical user interface (GUI) that makes navigation of the world wide web super easy. Web pages displayed on the Internet Explorer browser contain images and text, some underlined and in different colors. To move to other pages, users have to click on the hyperlinked (often underlined) text or the images. The pages associated with the image or text will then appear on the Internet Explorer browser window.
A Look at Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer browser is commonly shortened to IE. This refers to a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft. It forms part of the line of operating systems that were created and distributed starting 1995. Following the release of the first Microsoft Internet Explorer, additional versions were later developed for use on other computer operating systems.
To date, October 2009, there have been 8 versions of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is one of the most widely used web browsers out there. It comes fully-equipped with bookmarks or favorites management, multimedia, email software, advanced searching, plus instant message features. The Internet Explorer browser was designed to enable viewing of the broadest range of website pages as well as to provide a number of features within the PC system.
The Microsoft Internet Explorer comes with a well-known email program. While there are lots of awesome features associated with different Internet Explorer versions, here are some of the ones that have to do with Internet Explorer 6.
- A search feature allowing users to enter something they're looking for and check various places easily.
- Auto-complete feature so users don't have to type in addresses they've been to recently. Internet Explorer guesses what Internet address users might be keying in and displays a list of sites they might want, narrowing this down as users continue typing.
- Multi-level security elements so users are able to specify what warning levels they receive prior to running potentially dangerous page scripts, or allow more stuff to occur automatically depending on which sites they trust more.
- Potential integration with Windows operating systems, providing the ability to browse the world wide web.
- Searchable browser histories so people can return to pages they've visited.
- Friendly, easy-to-comprehend error messages to help users understand better whatever problems they might encounter while browsing.
Internet Explorer 7 was made available at the end of 2006. A few months after the release of IE 7 roughly half of IE users had updated their older versions of IE to version 7. The latest installment, Internet Explorer 8, was released in March of 2009. Internet Explorer 8, IE8, supports a variety of Windows operating systems including: Windows XP (SP2 and SP3), Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft's aim for IE 8 included AJAX support and enhanced handling of RSS and CSS. Internet Explorer 7 received tabbed browsing, which has become a standard feature on IE 8 as well.
IE 8 is available in a variety of ways. For those with Windows XP with SP2 or later, Windows Server SP1 or later, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista, IE8 is available as a free upgrade download. IE8 will be bundled and included with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Internet Explorer 9 was released in March 2011. IE 9 is only supported on Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008.
Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Server 2012 was released on September 4, 2012, and for Windows 8 on October 26, 2012 (the actual release was together with Windows 8).
A good deal of criticism of the Internet Explorer browser has to do with security concerns. Most of the adware, viruses and spyware floating around the web are made possible through exploitable flaws and bugs in Internet Explorer's security architecture. Security holes found on Internet Explorer often stay unresolved and patches are not made available for a long time. But this is pretty much the sole downside of the Internet Explorer browser.
Resource link: Download latest Internet Explorer from Microsoft.com website.
There are many different kinds of web browsers that are made by different developers. Essentially all Internet browsers do the same thing – they provide a way of looking and interacting with all sorts of information found on the world wide web. Browsing the web safely requires constantly updating the current browser version that a person is using and Internet Explorer is no different in this regard. Staying on top of security and remaining up to date on the latest protection means installing the latest updates or patches the moment they come available.
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