From 1990s Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge: Classic Windows browsers

A look back at classic Windows browsers

Microsoft's confidence in its web browser was once so absolute the icon for the very first Internet Explorer referred to it simply as "The Internet".

But the days of Microsoft ruling the web are no more, with the firm seemingly ready to drop its latest Edge browser and fall in line behind Google's all-conquering Chrome.

This gallery walks you through Microsoft browsers through the years, dating right back to the very first Internet Explorer and the days of squealing 28.8K dial-up internet.

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.