Good ol' Microsoft browser
Internet Explorer 11 makes the web blazing fast on Windows 7. Now with Bing and MSN defaults for an improved web experience. Fast: Fast at loading sites and fluid as you navigate through them. Easy: Seamless with Windows, it just works the way that you want. Safer: Better protection from threats and increased privacy online. Windows 7 Language Interface Packs (LIPs) provide a translated version of the most widely used areas of the user interface. In order to download a LIP for Internet Explorer, you need to have a matching Windows LIP. For more information, see Download languages for Windows. Internet Explorer 11 is currently available in the following LIP languages. Pin the IE to your Taskbar in Windows 10. This Internet Explorer will most likely be installed on your. To remove Internet Explorer 11 from Windows 10, use these steps: Open Settings. Click on Apps & features. On the right pane, under 'Related settings,' click the Program and Features.
Internet trends come and go, but there are still some good original components with a lot of staying power. Cue Internet Explorer, one of the first internet browsers of the modern era. It was first introduced in 1995 and was the most widely used in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As people used the internet more, Microsoft introduced more and more functions to the browser that were considered cutting edge technology at the time. Flat web pages turned into more exciting, detailed experiences that made searching the web more fun and allowed users to connect in more ways than we thought possible. Users and developers alike considered Internet Explorer to be the top example of what technology can do and the foundation of what it means to be truly innovative. While the internet has evolved and a lot of people have started using one of the large numbers of internet browsers available today, Internet Explorer still has die-hard fans all over the globe.
Pre-installed on most PCs
The most streamlined browser for the casual internet user
If you have a computer running the Windows OS, you more than likely have a version of Internet Explorer already installed. On Windows 10, the most recent version of the browser is Internet Explorer 11. The little blue 'e' that you'll see in your taskbar isn't Explorer though, it's Microsoft Edge, the newest browser from Microsoft that was first released in 2015. Edge is the default browser that will come up when you first use the internet on the Windows OS. In order to get to Internet Explorer, you'll need to search for it in the task bar.
The first thing that happens when you open the browser is a window pops up prompting you to properly set it up. You can either choose the recommended settings or opt-out and customize the settings your own way. Using the recommended settings mostly affects the security and compatibility of your browser by enabling Windows Defender SmartScreen. SmartScreen is a component that works to protect you from harmful websites by relaying them to Microsoft to be looked over. More on privacy later.
After the quick setup, you'll be taken to the MSN homepage. On this page you can view the latest news headlines, see world news, news specifically about your city and more. At the top of the page there are icons directing you to other Microsoft software and apps, like the Microsoft store, Outlook, One Drive, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Entering anything into the MSN search bar redirects you to the Bing search engine. The interface is incredibly simple, with four icons to the top right taking you to menus for favorites and history, an icon for tools, one for settings, and one to bring you back to the home page. There is no clutter and tabs are quite thin - even more so than some competitors.
There are a few features that we find really cool, and one of our favorites is the ability to pin websites. If there's a website that you visit frequently, just drag the tab down to the task bar and bam - the website is pinned! From then on, clicking on the icon brings up the page in Internet Explorer and changes the tab's appearance - navigational arrows are now the color of the site's icon (like light blue for Twitter or pink for Instagram) and the logo sits on the far left of the address bar.
Back to privacy, which is at the top of our list of important things to know about browsers. Microsoft is very transparent about security and the data that they collect from users. Depending on your settings, Microsoft does store data about the products and features that you use through their services. Some of this data is required by law, and some of it is taken in exchange for the use of their products, but most times this is basic information like your name and email address. If you're uncomfortable with this knowledge, there are ways to restrict what data is collected by visiting Microsoft's opt-out page and clearing some of what you'll find on the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard, like your location data and search history.
Where can you run this program?
You can run Internet Explorer on any PC that runs Windows. It was previously available for some video game consoles, but is not available on Android and iOS devices.
Is there a better alternative?
This version of Internet Explorer is not the same one from ten years ago. When people think of this browser, they think that it's outdated, slow, and boring to look at. Truthfully, IE11 is a fresh breath of air compared to what it used to be. With that said, if you're someone who likes the convenience of having a large extension catalogue, IE may not be what you're looking for. In that case, Chrome would be ideal as they have an extension for nearly anything that you can think of. If you have a Mac, Safari is great for all of your basic needs as well. The user who just wants to browse the web, do some shopping, and watch YouTube will have no problem with Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer is a basic, decent browser. No new-fangled add-ons or extensions, no bells and whistles. If we could describe it in one word, ‘standard’ would be it. It can handle searches, bookmarking, videos at a decent resolution, and some light browser games. Don't look to do too much with this browser besides surface activities like researching, reading, and some occasional downloading of small files.
Should you download it?
You should download Internet Explorer if you're a very basic internet user. If you prefer paper books to Kindles, and writing letters to texting, this browser will be up your alley. You can watch videos, but after testing a few on YouTube, switching to another tab and then back again would cause the browser to crash. Avoid websites with a lot of ads and graphics, as those will make IE crash as well. This browser has come a long way in terms of speed with most sites loading in about three seconds or less. With that said, there are more things that you can't do than what you can, especially if you're trying this browser out after using others like Firefox or Chrome. No extensions, no heavy downloading, and playing browser games is nearly impossible for an extended amount of time.
- Quick web page loading
- Simple interface
- Great security features
- Very limited extensions
- Crashes often during video
- Crashes often on pages with more than a few graphics
Internet Explorer 11for Windows
Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer 11 from some Windows 10 versions and replacing it with the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.
'Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”) built in, so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge,' said Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge Partner Group Program Manager.
'With Microsoft Edge capable of assuming this responsibility and more, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.'
The retirement announcement impacts Internet Explorer 11 desktop apps delivered via the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) to systems running Windows 10 client SKUs (version 20H2 and later) and Windows 10 IoT (version 20H2 and later).
Install Internet Explorer 11 Windows 10 Command Line
Out of scope Windows releases unaffected by this announcement include:
- Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge
- Internet Explorer platform (MSHTML/Trident), including WebOC
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU)
- Windows 10 Server SAC (all versions)
- Windows 10 IoT Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) (all versions)
- Windows 10 Server LTSC (all versions)
- Windows 10 client LTSC (all versions)
- In-market Windows 10 LTSC and Windows Server
After being retired on June 15, 2022, the Internet Explorer desktop application will be out of support and disabled, automatically redirecting users to Microsoft Edge when launched.
Internet Explorer lives on with Edge IE mode
'If you’re an organization using Internet Explorer, you may have a surprisingly large set of legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and apps, built up over many years,' Lyndersay added.
'In fact, we found that enterprises have 1,678 legacy apps on average. By moving to Microsoft Edge, you get everything described above plus you’ll be able to extend the life of your legacy websites and apps well beyond the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application retirement date using IE mode.'
Sites that only work on Internet Explorer 11 can be opened with Microsoft Edge, in IE mode. To enable it, go to edge://settings/defaultbrowser, toggle on 'Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer' and restart Microsoft Edge.
Learn more about the IE mode and how to deploy and transition to Microsoft Edge in your enterprise environment by reading the Getting Started guide.
Further info on Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode and compatibility is available in the video embedded below.
Edge IE Mode supported until at least 2029
Support for Microsoft Edge IE mode follows the lifecycle of Windows client, Server, and IoT versions released at least through 2029.
Furthermore, Microsoft will also give customers one year of notice before retiring the IE mode experience.
|Platform||Windows release||End of service|
|Windows client||Windows 10 Enterprise, version 20H2||05/09/23|
|Windows 10 Enterprise, version 2004||12/14/21|
|Windows 10 2019 LTSC||01/09/29|
|Windows 7 (ESU required)||01/10/23|
|Windows Server||Windows Server, version 20H2 (SAC)||05/10/22|
|Windows Server, version 2004 (SAC)||12/14/21|
|Windows Server 2019 (LTSC)||01/09/29|
|Windows IoT||Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 20H2||05/09/23|
|Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 2004||12/14/21|
|Windows 10 IoT 2019 LTSC||01/09/29|
|Windows Server IoT 2019||01/09/29|
Microsoft said last year that Microsoft Teams would no longer support Internet Explorer 11 starting with November 30, 2020.
The company also added that it would ultimately end all support for Internet Explorer across Microsoft 365 apps and services on August 17, 2021.
WordPress, the most well-known and popular blogging platform, also announced in March that it is considering dropping support for Internet Explorer 11 as the browser's usage has dipped below 1%.