Internet Explorer (IE) is a web browser provided freely by Microsoft and installed automatically on their Windows systems. It is the most widely-used web browser in the world with more than 50% market share, significantly more than number two Firefox and all others.
edit Internet Explorer 7
The most recent version of Internet Explorer was released in Nov. 2006 as a free update to users of the Windows XP operating system. Internet Explorer 7 is now included with the latest Windows release, Windows Vista.
Some of the latest advancements in Internet Explorer 7 are highlighted below:
- Tabbed Browsing -- Tabbed browsing function was the first new feature to be introduced in Internet Explorer by Microsoft. With tabbed feature, a user can open multiple websites in one Internet Explorer window without needing to open several instances windows to view multiple websites. With tabbed browsing feature browsing becomes simpler and much faster.
- View all open windows simultaneously -- A new feature called Quick Tab has been introduced in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 that allows you to view multiple websites or pages opened in a single window. With Quick Tab feature it’s easy to see how many pages have been opened, how many of them are working and a thumbnail of each provides you with a preview of each opened window.
- New Instant Search Box -- The instant search box provided in Internet Explorer 7 enables a user to search for any information he/she wants from the address bar without the need to find the search engine’s website. The search box uses the Yahoo! search engine by default to get the results but users can also specify a different search engine to find the information you want.
- Improved Security and Privacy -- The new version of internet explorer allows its users to view the web securely and without losing their privacy. A new feature called phishing filter has been introduced in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 that informs the users about phishing websites trying to steal a user’s information. Phishing Filter can help protect you from phishing attacks, online fraud, and spoofed websites.
edit Hardware Requirements for Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Processor: 233 MHz minimum, recommended more than 500 MHz
- Memory: 64MB minimum for Windows XP (SP2) & Windows 2003 (SP1)
128MB or higher recommended for Windows XP 64bit & Windows 2003 64bit (SP1)
- Hard Disk: Very small portion of your hard drive will be used.
- Video: Resolution of 800 X 600 or higher
- Other Requirements: Internet connection
edit Mac and UNIX Versions
IE for Macintosh -- Was released in 1996, as part of a five-year agreement between Apple and Microsoft in 1997, it was installed on new Mac systems as the default web browser, until it was replaced by Apple's Safari browser in 2003. IE for Mac languished since then, with no major updates until late 2005/early 2006, when Microsoft officially removed the software from it's download sites and recommended Mac users migrate to Safari.
IE for UNIX -- Was a proprietary build for use in the X11 System for Sun Microsystem's Solaris and HP's UX Unix operating systems, first released as a beta in 1997 after years of speculation. Late in 2002, IE for UNIX was pulled by Microsoft, claiming low customer demand for the product.