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

Internet Explorer 1 - August 1995

Designed to challenge the dominant Netscape Navigator browser, Internet Explorer 1 looks impossibly basic by today's standard but at that time simple things like having a browser that worked and let you search the nascent web were reward enough.

Websites were generally little more than text, icons and photos, so there wasn't much to render, but basic browser features like the History and Cache were present.

One nice flourish was the animated Windows flag, which fluttered as pages were loading (which could take a rather long time).

Overall Microsoft browser usage at launch: ~2.9%

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.