Microsoft Internet Explorer

Definition of Microsoft Internet Explorer in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Microsoft Internet Explorer?

Microsoft’s Web browser and integrated suite of client-side Internet software, which integrates tightly into the Microsoft Windows operating system and is included with current versions of Windows as an essential operating system component. Microsoft Internet Explorer includes such components as:

  • Internet Explorer Web browser
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Microsoft NetMeeting
  • Microsoft FrontPage Express
  • Microsoft Chat
  • Web Publishing Wizard
  • Connection Wizard

Internet Explorer’s Web browser includes

  • Support for the latest Internet protocols, including Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 4; Microsoft Visual Basic, Scripting Edition (VBScript); Jscript; ActiveX; Java; and Dynamic HTML
  • Split-screen Search, History, Channel, and Favorites Explorer bars that can be toggled on and off
  • Security zones for dividing intranets and the Internet into safe and unsafe regions with their own security settings
  • Authenticode 2 code-signing technology that enables users to check the digital certificate of downloaded code before installing it on their system
  • Offline browsing, which enables users to access Web content in their History or Subscribed Content folders when they are not connected to the Internet
  • Scheduled, unattended dial-up for obtaining Web content from subscribed sites to view offline later
  • Autocompletion of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) typed into the address bar using Microsoft IntelliSense technology
  • Dynamic HTML behaviors that allow Dynamic HTML functionality to be extended through hosted components
  • Development enhancements that allow users to set the properties of items based on the value of an expression
  • Enhancements to tables that allow users to create fixed-layout tables and collapsible borders
  • Accessibility enhancements

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