Description Internet Explorer is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included in the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995. It was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 that year.
Internet Explorer (IE) is a World Wide Web browser that comes bundled with the Microsoft Windows operating system (OS). The browser was deprecated in Windows 10 in favor of Microsoft’s new Edge Browser. It remains a part of the operating system even though it is no longer the default browser.
As of August 2016, Internet Explorer was the second-most widely used web browser on desktop operating systems, with 29.6% of the market, compared to 50.9% for the Google Chrome browser, according to NetMarketShare. IE was the most popular browser from 1999, when it overtook Netscape Navigator, until 2012, when Chrome took the lead. Other competitors include Mozilla Firefox, an open source browser developed using the code from Netscape Navigator, and Apple’s Safari.