… Internet Explorer?
A long time ago and on a computer far away, I had two web browsers installed on my computer. One was Netscape Navigator and the other was Internet Explorer. I needed them since not all websites would work with either. It was a strange time online.
I never was a fan of Internet Explorer (IE). It seemed too corporate in its feel and operation. Netscape Navigator seemed cooler and hipper. Besides, our CIO insisted that people used IE. At time time, there were some of the applications that the business side of education used that needed it and just choked on Netscape Navigator.
As we know, Netscape Navigator moved on to better things and was the start for Firefox which is one of the main browsers I use daily. But, I will confess, with the release of Microsoft’s Edge browser into the stable channel, I’ve been using it this week and I really am liking what I see.
That was probably the reason why my thoughts turned to Internet Explorer. I’m good at keeping my computers updated and so I was wondering if IE was still here. Guess what? It still is. I had to enable it in the Windows Features section of the Control Panel.
A quick search and it launched.
It still works. Somewhere along the line, I should do some research and determine how Microsoft does its version numbers. 11.592.18362.0?
After this post, I’ll disable it again. I have plenty of browsers available to avoid the challenges of maintaining this old one.
For a Sunday, your thoughts?
- Do you remember a time when Internet Explorer was your go-to browser?
- What browser replaced IE for you?
- What browser do you use today?
- I suppose it’s somehow comforting to know that IE is there in case I run into something that actually requires it. Do you know of any application or website that requires IE?
- Think about your friends and connections. Do they fret about their choice of internet browser or do they just run with their computer’s default?
- Do you worry about vulnerabilities in your web browser?
- Have you ever had problems like a web browser hijacking or injection of malicious toolbars, etc.?
I’d be most interested in your browsing thoughts in the comments below.
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