Microsoft Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer
4.5 / 5 (96 votes)

1. Main Features

  • Integrates between Windows devices
  • Quickly loads webpages
  • Blocks much of the socially engineered malware
  • Private browsing options
  • Developer tools for inspecting webpages

2. Software Overview

Microsoft Internet Explorer is the default web browser of Microsoft Windows. It is one of the most used web browsers, along with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.

Internet Explorer comes installed on devices that run Microsoft Windows, such as tablets or PCs. You can customize your web browser for the same experience on all your compatible Windows PCs and mobile devices. Internet Explorer features quick webpage loading and protects you from nearly all socially engineered malware. Internet Explorer offers secure browsing with a Do Not Track feature and an InPrivate Browsing option that protects your browsing history. The web browser also provides helpful developer tools that enable you to inspect webpages.

Internet Explorer stacks up decently against other web browsers. It offers a simple interface, fast loading times, malware protection, and private browsing. However, newer versions of Internet Explorer are only available for PCs that run Windows 7 and later, which limits the browser. Also, for Windows 10 users Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer with Edge, a substantial upgrade, as the default browser. All in all, Microsoft Internet Explorer is a good web browser, but Chrome or Firefox are better options.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.XHTML - Extensible Hypertext Markup Language File
Other file extensions used by Microsoft Internet Explorer:
# File Extension Name
1 .$$$ Temporary File
2 .ALX ActiveX Layout Control File
3 .BQY Brio Query File
4 .CER Internet Security Certificate
5 .CPC CPC Compressed Image File
6 .CRT Security Certificate
7 .DBM ColdFusion Server File
8 .DER DER Certificate File
9 .DIAGSESSION Diagnostics Session File
10 .EML E-Mail Message
11 .HTA HTML Application
12 .HTC HTML Component File
13 .INS Internet Settings File
14 .JSP Java Server Page
15 .MHT MHTML Web Archive
17 .NMF ArcGIS Explorer Map File
18 .ODC Office Data Connection File
19 .ODO Online Operating System Write Document
20 .PAC Proxy Auto-Config File
21 .PARTIAL Internet Explorer Partially Downloaded File
22 .PDB Protein Data Bank File
23 .PJPG Progressive JPEG Image
24 .PRF PICS Rules File
25 .QRM Qworum Message File
26 .RMH Rights-Managed HTML Document
27 .RMT Router Firmware File
28 .RTC Live Meeting Connection File
29 .SDINSTALL Speckie Dictionary Installation File
30 .SEAM Seam Framework Java Servlet File
31 .SHTM HTML Server Side Include File
32 .SMIL SMIL Presentation File
33 .SML SMIL Slideshow Presentation
34 .TBK ToolBook File
35 .URL Internet Shortcut
36 .VML Vector Markup Language File
37 .VTT Web Video Text Tracks File
38 .W Google Toolbar Search History File
39 .WEBM WebM Video File
40 .WEBSITE Internet Explorer Pinned Site Shortcut
41 .WML Wireless Markup Language File
42 .XBAP XAML Browser Application File
43 .XHTM Extensible Hypertext Markup Language Document
44 .XHTML Extensible Hypertext Markup Language File
45 .YM Atari ST Audio File
46 .ZUL ZK User Interface File

Updated: February 17, 2017

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