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How to Run Internet Explorer on Your Mac (and Why You Might Want To)

How to Run Internet Explorer on Your Mac (and Why You Might Want To)

Choosing your Internet browser is not a decision to be taken lightly, yet it is an issue that very few users give careful consideration to. It’s an ironic fact that while Mac and Windows users will argue over many aspects of their operating systems, they both typically agree that the two default browsers are useless. Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are frequently accused of being slow. unwieldy, and insecure, and these days most people who buy a new computer make a headlong dash to Google Chrome’s download page without further thought.

We’ve looked at the surprising benefits and features of Safari before – but what about Internet Explorer? Is it really that bad, or does it offer a viable alternative to Mac owners? Is it even possible to run the flagship Microsoft browser on an OSX machine? Read on to find out…

How to Install Internet Explorer on a Mac

Microsoft haven’t released an official Mac edition of Internet Explorer since version 5.2.3 in 2005, but that doesn’t mean you can’t install the latest IE release on your machine.

Whereas it’s possible to use various virtual environments and Boot Camp to get it running, the fastest and simplest way to do it is by using a program called WineBottler. Nonetheless, we’ll run through the two most common methods – WineBottler and VirtualBox.


Like Wine for Linux. the software enables you run a range of Windows-based programs on your Mac without worrying about the hassle of booting multiple operating systems or splashing out on an expensive Windows license.

You can grab the software from their website and install it in the usual way (making sure to move both the “Wine” and “WineBottler” files into your apps folder).

The program is actually very powerful and can be configured to read multiple prefixes and install a wide range of software. Luckily, Internet Explorer is one of the default offerings and you’ll be given an option to download it on the page that you see when you run WineBottler for the first time.

The latest available release is Internet Explorer 8. Select it and click on “Install”, then choose where you want to save it (typically the application folder) – WineBottler will take care of the rest.

Once the process has finished, just launch the newly installed app from wherever you chose to save it and you’re ready to go.


VirtualBox, which is developed by Oracle and free to use, lets you run various operating systems in a virtual environment on your Mac .

Firstly, you’ll need to download both the VirtualBox software and its extension pack. You can get them both from Softpedia. Install the software .dmg file first.

Once that’s done you’ll need to run the VirtualBox manager, then immediately close it again. This allows the system to log some necessary information. Next, open your Mac’s “Terminal” app (you’ll find it in the Utilites folder in either your Finder or Launchpad) and paste in the command which matches the version of Internet Explorer which you’d like to install:

Internet Explorer 11 Only – Windows 7 image

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="11" bash

Internet Explorer 10 Only

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="10" bash

Internet Explorer 8 Only – Windows XP, small Image

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="8" bash

Internet Explorer 7 Only Windows XP, small Image

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="7" bash

It’s worth mentioning that people with older Macs should probably choose a version that uses Windows XP – although it’s old and unsupported it will suffice for small usage, and will be much less of a drain on your system’s resources.

That’s it – wait for the file to download (sometimes up to two hours), and run the virtual machine. You’ll be prompted to install the updates and turn on automatic updates, (neither of which are strictly necessary), then you’ll be presented with the Windows desktop along with the version of Internet Explorer than you selected from the list above.

Why Use Internet Explorer on a Mac?

It’s all well-and-good installing Internet Explorer on your Mac, but why should you? What benefits does it bring?

The most obvious benefit is to help synchronise your life between multiple machines. Whether or not you actually like Microsoft’s offering, there are a huge number of people who are forced to use Internet Explorer all day in their offices only to go home at night to their Macs with no way to continue their sessions or easily migrate their data. If you’re one of those people, having the same browser on all your frequently used machines could remove a huge headache.

Secondly, there is the issue of compatibility. Internet Explorer is the most used browser on the planet. Despite losing ground to Google Chrome in recent years, recent figures suggest that 48 percent of all devices which access the Internet do so by using the long-standing browser, and that figure jumps to 58 percent when you only consider desktop users.

It means there are many websites that were specifically designed with Internet Explorer as their main priority – certainly websites that were published pre-2010, the year the Chrome started its meteoric rise. It’s often the case that IE renders these older sites much more reliably than some of its competitors, and due to its ActiveX technology it’s also often simpler to use it with business-related sites such as Webex or HTML IT consoles like Kaseya.

There is a school of thought that suggests you should always have at least two browsers installed, and whether you choose to make Safari, Chrome, or Firefox your primary tool, there are few better options than Internet Explorer as a backup. Although its reputation remains superficially poor, there is no browser out there that loads Javascript as quickly as IE does, or reliably renders pages as consistently as IE.

Would You Convert to IE?

Would you consider making the switch to Internet Explorer? If not, why not? Perhaps you’ve already installed Microsoft’s browser on your Mac and you use it regularly? If you have, we’d love to hear about your experiences. Maybe you’re of the school of thought that whatever the benefits you won’t install it until Microsoft releases an official native version?

Whatever your situation we’d love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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    The Mac Observer: Internet Explorer 3

    Most companies fear when Microsoft enters their niche. Usually, the strength of the Microsoft name is enough to wipe competitors off the hard drives of users. The actual merits of the programs is irrelevant; if Microsoft challenges you, you're in trouble.

    Netscape is in trouble

    Internet Explorer doesn't only compete by using the Microsoft name. It competes by being a far better browser than Netscape Navigator 3.0. In virtually every feature category, Internet Explorer is ahead. However, there are a few flaws, a large security hole, and an unfortunate reliance on the Code Fragment Manager which mar an otherwise excellent program.

    Internet Explorer: plays well with others

    The first thing you'll notice about Internet Explorer is that it's small. The browser part takes up less than 2 Megabytes of hard drive space, and requires about 4 Megs of RAM. However, if you use the Internet Mail and News program (based on Newswatcher) and install the Java software, you'll find that Internet Explorer is roughly the same size as Netscape.

    What makes Internet Explorer nice on your hard drive is that you don't need to install all of the extra stuff. Personally, I don't need two mail readers, two news readers and two Java installations on my computer. Netscape forces me into that situation. Internet Explorer doesn't. While the ever-expanding size of hard drives and ever-decreasing cost of RAM makes this seem like more of a quibble, I prefer a browser which is designed to interact with other Internet software.

    Internet Explorer expects that you've been using Navigator already. The first time it is started up, Internet Explorer asks if you want to import your Netscape settings and bookmarks. Internet Explorer even supports Netscape plug-ins for new multimedia formats. To make the transition from Netscape as smooth as possible, Internet Explorer is able to configure its icon bar to have the same icon set as Netscape. In order to better fit in with your current Internet tools, Internet Explorer uses Internet Config to choose default viewers, servers, username, and helper applications, something Navigator does not do.

    Like all of Microsoft's recent applications, Internet Explorer has plenty of toolbars. Each of the bars can be re-ordered and re-sized to your heart's content. There's even a Favorites bar which can be used to store frequently accessed URLs on-screen.

    The Java support in Internet Explorer is very good. Microsoft has adopted Apple's JManager to implement Java. This allows the choice of either Apple's own Macintosh Runtime for Java or the Microsoft/Metrowerks Java JIT (Just In Time -- a technique for executing Java code, similar to the dynamic recompilation 68K emulator in System 7.5.2 and later) implementation. Apple's is slow and stable while the Microsoft/Metrowerks version is much faster and less stable. Of course, if you don't want Java support, you don't need to install it.

    Internet Explorer supports all of the same HTML tags as Navigator 3.0, plus a few Microsoft-only extensions. This really isn't an advantage as very few sites actually use these extensions. It feels slightly faster at rendering pages than Navigator, but that's more a subjective judgement than an actual measurement. Some people feel that Navigator is faster than Internet Explorer.

    The most important difference between the two programs for me is stability. I had no end to my crashes when running Navigator 3.0 on my PowerBook 5300. Even when Navigator was sitting in the background, mysterious crashes would plague my computer. These crashes all but disappeared when I used Internet Explorer. Like measuring performance, it's hard to quantify stability. However, my computer could run for days with Internet Explorer. The same wasn't true with Navigator.

    Internet Explorer isn't a perfect program. The biggest problem is, ironically enough, caused by Microsoft ignoring Internet Explorer's greatest strength. While the mail, news, and Java support are de-coupled from the main program, the FTP client and many multimedia viewers aren't. With Internet Config active, Internet Explorer will re-route FTP URLs to your FTP client of choice. Since IC is practically required for running Internet Explorer, why didn't Microsoft just create a stand-alone FTP client as another optional download? The same is true for multimedia types, such as QuickTime. Internet Explorer doesn't rely on plug-ins for many types. Rather, support for these types is integrated. There's no good reason for this.

    Another minor annoyance is Internet Explorer's use of a single window to download a file using HTTP. Netscape automatically spawns a sub-window, which allows you to continue browsing while the download commences. Explorer's default action is to perform the download using the current window, preventing further browsing during the download. You can choose "New Window With This Link" from a popup menu by holding down your click on the link, but this extra step is a kludge.

    ActiveX, Microsoft's home-grown answer to Java, is a serious bugaboo. Unlike Java applets, ActiveX controls are not cross-platform; a control for Windows 95 will not work on a Macintosh. More ominiously, ActiveX controls are not restricted in what they can do. Once download, a control can do anything any other program can, including destructive and malicious activity. (By comparison, all Java applets run in what's called the "Java Virtual Machine," a pseudo-computer running in the background. Applets are severely restricted in what they can do: no hard drive access is allowed and they can't make network connections to any computer but the computer they came from.) A group in Europe has demonstrated an ActiveX control which can do unauthorized transfers of money directly from your account by using information contained in your personal finance software. It is possible for an ActiveX control to be "signed," which means that a company has the option of indicating in the control that they created the control. Basically, if something goes wrong, you'll know who to blame after the fact.

    Microsoft is well-aware of ActiveX's security problems, but the only answer Microsoft gives is be careful what you download. This is an unacceptable attitude. ActiveX is enabled by default in Internet Explorer 3.0. All users should deactivate it until Microsoft takes the necessary steps to ensure that it is safe.

    Finally, Internet Explorer has been hit by the CFM-68K bug. Microsoft was on the cutting edge in adopting the Code Fragment Manager for 68K Macs, and due to the well-known bug in CFM support on 68K Macs, Internet Explorer is currently only available for PowerPC-based Macs. Apple should have this bug fixed soon, though, and Microsoft plans on releasing a 68K version at that time.

    In conclusion

    Microsoft has done what seemed impossible only a year ago: it has created a WWW browser which outshines Navigator in every important way. By creating a product which clearly reflects the Macintosh Way, Microsft has shown that they still get the Mac. The ball is now back in Netscape's court, and Macintosh users are the ones who will benefit from this competition.

    MAC Address Using WMI on Internet Explorer - MAC Address Using WMI on Internet Explorer


    MAC Address Using WMI on Internet Explorer (Page 1 of 1)

    In this little article, i will help you in finding the MAC address from javascript with the help of WMI Library. The script runs only on IE with the following limitations
    • Works on Internet Explorer only
    • Internet Explorer security settings should allow creating ActiveX Objects
    • WMI scripting library is installed on the client machine

    Setting IE Security Level

    First of all you will need to change the security settings of IE, allowing the following two options
    • Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for script -> Set it to enable or prompt
    • Run ActiveX controls and plugins -> Set it to enable or prompt
    To change these two options, go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Security -> Custom Level Screen Shot1 Screen Shot2

    Installing WMI scripting library

    The next step is to install WMI Library, you can download it for free from the Microsoft website. WMI Library can be downloaded from

    The WMI scripting library provides the set of automation objects through which scripting languages, such as VBScript, JScript, and ActiveState ActivePerl access the WMI infrastructure. The WMI scripting library is implemented in a single automation component named wbemdisp.dll that physically resides in the systemroot\System32\Wbem directory. (description from microsoft.com)

    At the top of the WMI scripting library object model is the SWbemLocator object. SWbemLocator is used to establish an authenticated connection to a WMI namespace, much as the VBScript GetObject function and the WMI moniker "winmgmts:" are used to establish an authenticated connection to WMI. However, SWbemLocator is designed to address two specific scripting scenarios that cannot be performed using GetObject and the WMI moniker.(description from microsoft.com) Read More >>

    The whole script is given below, just copy this script and execute in IE only.

    Интернет, Macintosh, Netscape против Internet Explorer

    Интернет, Macintosh, Netscape против Internet Explorer.

    Интересно отметить что домен apple.com был зарегистрирован Apple Inc. аж 19го февраля 1987. Сегодня трудно представить жизнь без веб браузера, однако свою популярность интернет стал приобретать лишь после его появления. Первым браузером стал WorldWideWeb. успешно начавший свою работу в 1991 году, созданный Сэром Тимом Бернерс-Ли (Sir Timothy John «Tim» Berners-Lee) на тот момент работавшему в CERN. которому для реализации своей идеи попутно пришлось разработать HTTP , HTML. URI и URL , его заслуженно считают основателем Всемирной Паутины, а самое главное он поделился своими разработками со всем миром совершенно бесплатно. Не буду углубляться в историю становления современного интернета, кому это интересно могут прочесть ее в статье википедии. я же хочу сосредоточится на браузерах для макинтошей.

    Первым браузером для Макинтоша считается MacWWW известный так же как Samba, появившийся в 1992. Одним из его разработчиков был Robert Cailliau , и другие работники CERN, программа была платная и стоила 50 ECU (Валюта прародительница Euro, не применялась для наличных расчетов от чего мало известна в народе).

    Следующим шагом стало появление Mosaic в 1993, созданного NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications). Он первым добавил графический интерфейс (GUI) интернету, но главное теперь на страничках сети одновременно можно было разместить картинки, текст и добавить им цвет. Браузер был бесплатным.

    1994 год был ознаменован появлением Netscape Navigator. инициатором создания которого был основатель Silicon Graphics James H. Clark , пригласивший для этого одного из создателей Mosaic – Марка Адрсена  (Marc Andreessen). Основная его идея была в получении прибыли с растущих невероятными темпами загрузок браузеров и интереса ко всемирной паутине. На момент появления их браузер обладал передовыми возможностями, сделавших его бесспорным лидером. В первом пресс релизе от 13 октября 1994 браузер был объявлен бесплатным для некоммерческого использования (non-commercial), однако уже через два месяца эта политика была изменена, и бесплатным браузер остался лишь для образовательных заведений и не ориентированным на прибыль пользователям (non-profit).

    В 1994 Netscape добавили важную функцию – браузер стал отображать содержимое страницы до полной загрузки, до этого требовалось с начала полностью загрузить содержимое страницы. Что бы представить себе сегодня технологии тех дней расскажу о тогдашних ноутбуках: в том же году Apple выпустили PowerBook 520, у него был мощный процессор в 25 MHz, 4 или 12 MB RAM, 160 или 240 MB HDD, 9.5′ черно-белый дисплей. Серия PowerBook 500 были первой серией ноутбуков с трекпадами, опциональный модем мог при взаимодействие с некоторым оборудованием развивать скорость до 19.2 kbit/s, но в большинстве случаев лишь 14.4 kbit/s, так что возможность просматривать страницу по мере ее загрузки на таких скоростях было потрясающим новшеством.

    В 1995 компания Microsoft, до того считавшая интернет бесперспективной игрушкой обратила свой взор на этот бурно растущий феномен. Подобно Netscape они лицензировали исходники Mosaic и в августе представили миру Internet Explorer 1.0 в качестве пакета дополнения Microsoft Windows 95 Plus. IE 2.0 был выпущен уже через 2 месяца, а самое главное его оружие была цена – он распространялся совершенно бесплатно для любых пользователей, так начались войны браузеров =).

    Первая версия Internet Explorer для Macintosh – 2.0 появилась 23 января 1996, и была доступна на сайте компании компании для бесплатной загрузки. До того Netscape был основным браузером для маков. Финальный релиз 2.1 появился в августе того же года. Тогдашняя система 7.0.1 поддерживала размещение на страницах интернета различных мультимедийных форматов, включая AVI и QuickTime видео, AIFF и WAV аудио. В основном релиз был направлен на улучшение стабильности, нежели на внедрение новых функций, но в него была добавлена поддержка NPAPI (первая версия кроссплатформенной поддержки плагинов, разработанная Netscape), а так же поддержка QuickTime VR. В ноябре появится бета версия 3.0 с поддержкой HTML версии 3.2, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) , Java и ActiveX .

    В марте 1996 Netscape выпускает версию 2.0 — компания сосредоточилась на внедрении новейших сетевых разработок: тогдашние функции включали в себя cookies. frames и JavaScript. В итоге эти стандарты стали открытыми W3C и сегодня поддерживаются браузерами, но тогда они вызывали противоречивые реакции, особенно cookies, угрожавшие приватности жизни пользователей. Уже в августе появляется версия браузера 3.0 ставшая самым популярным браузером компании, ему удалось найти баланс между обработкой страниц и использованием системной памяти компьютеров того времени, долгое время способность этого браузера отображать HTML 3 считалась де-факто минимальным стандартом для интернет сайтов.

    Cyberdog – целый интернет офис от Apple, бета версия появилась в феврале 1996. Программный пакет базировался на кроссплатформенных компонентах OpenDoc , в него входили несколько программ: для просмотра интернет страниц, электронной почты, адресная книга и FTP клиент. 28 апреля 1997 был выпущен Cyberdog 2.0 ставший последним релизом, тогдашние финансовые проблемы Apple не дали проекту продолжить развитие.

    август 1997 — Apple вынуждена распространять IE вместе с маками в качестве браузера по умолчанию, до того на выбор предлагался Netscape или Cyberdog. На тот момент компания Apple была на грани банкротства, объявление партнерства с главным конкурентом вошло в историю.

    Октябрь 1997 появление IE 4, Особенности? Он стал частью windows! После завершения празднования приуроченному к этому событию огромная буква «E», ставшая иконкой нового браузера таинственным образом закончила свой вечер на лужайке Netscape, с запиской – «From the IE team… We Love You» (От команды IE… Мы вас любим). Сотрудники Netscape в ответ раздавили ее своим динозавром, с прикрепленной табличкой Netscape 72, Microsoft 18 – тогдашние доли браузеров в интернете.

    На этом заканчивается первая часть моего повествования, продолжение будет не о безоговорочной победе Internet Explorer, но о появлении Mac OS X, успехе iMac, и появлении собственного браузера Safari.

    Internet Explorer Macintosh Edition

    • Microsoft Press Release
    • SJ Mercury: 19990106 Dan Gillmor MacWorld Expo SF article Even Microsoft's Bay Area-based team of Mac software developers had something innovative to bring to the party. Ben Waldman, who leads the group, showed some small but extremely useful tweaks to the company's Internet Explorer Web browser. It's apparently not a natural part of the Mac operating system, but some of the improvements -- notably in printing -- looked handy.
    • CNN: Jobs Macworld Keynote gets a warm reception Explorer 4.5 is now twice as fast; images dragged to the desktop are translucent when being moved and automatically have thumbnails; an auto-fill button fills out common Web forms with personal information; and Web pages are modified when printed. Users can also get a configurable print preview.
    • WIRED News: Candied-Apple Computers The new products for Macintosh from Microsoft included Internet Explorer 4.5, Outlook Express 4.5, and a new section of the Microsoft Web site called Mactopia, which aims to make Macintosh users feel more welcome in the Microsoft world.
    • BrowserWatch: MacOS Users: It's a Good Day! That's right boys and girls, Microsoft has officially sent out Microsoft Internet Explorer v4.5 and Outlook Express v4.5. For those who are wondering why they waited till today. Well if you're a Mac user. SHAME ON YOU. Today is the start of MacWorld, an event held twice a year that's soul focus is to showcase the latest in MacOS hardware and software.
    • Yahoo coverage:
      • Microsoft Delivers Innovation to Macintosh Customers by Launching Three New Internet Products
      • Microsoft releases new Mac version of browser
      • Microsoft Releases New Mac Version Of Browser
      • Microsoft Releases New Mac Version Of Browser
    • TidBITS coverage:
      • #461 MailBITS: Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5 to Ship at Macworld
    • InternetWorld January 11, 1999

      Ben Waldman, general manager of Microsoft's Macintosh business unit, announced additional features in Internet Explorer 4.5 and Outlook Express 4.5 that he said were available only in the Mac version. Microsoft purchased a $125 million stake in Apple in August 1997.

      "The Apple-Microsoft partnership is real, with real benefits," Waldman said. The audience's initial reaction to Waldman was lukewarm, but after he demonstrated improved image capture and page printing and automated fills for HTML forms that request personal information, the crowd was clapping nearly as passionately as it had for Jobs

      Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x. This was the first Macintosh browser to really do a halfway decent job of supporting CSS.

      Restyling for print

      Let's now look at a real example of alternate-media stylesheets. In order for these examples to work, you'll need to be using MSIE5/Win or MSIE4.5/Mac.

      Explorer 4.x was much, much better with CSS support, especially Internet Explorer 4.5 for the Macintosh.

    How to view websites on your Mac that require Internet Explorer (or a PC)

    How to view websites on your Mac that require Internet Explorer (or a PC)

    Once upon a time, the Mac and the Internet did not always get along. Long before Safari came along, Netscape and Internet Explorer were busy waging a war to define the future of browsing — a future that didn't often include the Mac. Most of the time, Mac users were stuck using browsers one or two versions behind their Windows counterparts, with no access to popular plug-ins essential to browsing various parts of the Web.

    It was a dark day for the rebellion.

    Thankfully, that age is over and gone: The Web is largely bedrocked on HTML and CSS now, with only the occasional need for a plugin — and all the major ones are Mac-compatible. That said, there are still a few websites stuck in the dark ages for one reason or another, requiring Internet Explorer (which has been since discontinued for the Mac) or a Windows PC. While this sounds like a ridiculous case of webmaster insanity, I've seen this happen with quite a few job, healthcare, and government-related websites — built by organizations that don't trust (or have time to learn about) other systems.

    But you can get around most of these arbitrary restrictions with my favorite hidden menu in Safari: Develop > User Agent .

    How to access websites that require a PC or Internet Explorer
    1. Open Safari and navigate to Safari > Preferences from the menu bar.
    2. Click on the Advanced tab.
    3. Check the "Show Develop menu in menu bar" setting. The Develop menu should now show in your menu bar.
  • Go to Develop > User Agent .
  • If you need to pretend you're using Internet Explorer, choose one of the Internet Explorer options.
  • If you need to pretend you're using a PC, choose "Google Chrome — Windows" or "Firefox — Windows" .

    Doing so should get you through the website's detection-checker. Of course, the page may still be using ancient codecs or plugins not supported by Safari — in which case, you might have to look into one final alternative: installing Windows on your Mac .

  • Internet Explorer for Mac

    Internet Explorer for Mac

    Internet Explorer for Mac (також званий Internet Explorer for Macintosh, Internet Explorer Macintosh Edition, Internet Explorer: mac і IE: mac) - браузер. створений компанією Microsoft для платформи Macintosh. Перші версії програми були засновані на Internet Explorer for Windows. Движок п'ятої версії браузера (випущеного в 2000 ) був розроблений з нуля і отримав ім'я Tasman.

    1. Історія

    Internet Explorer for Mac почав свій розвиток з версії 2.0, яка стала доступна в 1996.

    Роком пізніше між компаніями Apple і Microsoft було укладено п'ятирічну угоду, його основним пунктом була безкоштовна розробка браузера, який увійшов би в базову поставку системи.

    Розвиток браузера припинилося 27 березня 2002. а сили розробників були направлені виключно на усунення помилок. Незабаром IE for Mac був замінений самостійною розробкою компанії Apple - браузером Safari.

    13 червня 2003 компанія Microsoft оголосила про закінчення підтримки свого браузера і завершила її 31 грудня 2005. [1]

    1.1. Internet Explorer 2.0 for Macintosh

    Бета-версія Internet Explorer 2.0 for Mac, заснована на браузері SpyGlass Mosaic. побачила світ 23 січня 1996 року. Вона була доступна на архітектурах 68k і PPC під управлінням операційної системи Mac OS 7.0.1, ця версія підтримувала розміщення на веб-сторінках різних мультимедійних форматів, таких як AVI і QuickTime для відео та AIFF і WAV для аудіо. Остаточний реліз браузера відбувся 23 квітня.

    Версія 2.1, випущена в серпні того ж року, була націлена на виправлення знайдених помилок і, крім того, додала кілька особливостей, наприклад, NPAPI (кроссплатформенная підтримка плагінів) і QuickTime VR.

    1.2. Internet Explorer 3.0 for Macintosh

    5 листопада 1996 року компанія Microsoft оголосила про випуск бета-версії Internet Explorer 3.0 for Mac [2]. Цей реліз включав в себе підтримку HTML 3.2, CSS (каскадні таблиці стилів), Java-аплетів і засобів управління ActiveX. Фінальний випуск даної версії браузера став доступний 8 січня 1997 року, в ньому була додана підтримка протоколів мережевої аутентифікації SSL та NTLM. а також систем оцінок PICS і RSACi [3].

    У тому ж році, 14 травня. Microsoft випустила версію 3.01 з підтримкою машин, заснованих на архітектурі 68k [4]. У ній з'явилися автодоповнення і функція "Monitoring Favorites", що проводить автоматичний контроль веб-сайтів в "Вибраному" і повідомляють користувача про їх зміни, з'явилися підтримка Javascript. а також менеджери закачувань і кук.

    1.3. Internet Explorer 4.0 for Macintosh

    6 серпня 1997 року на конференції MacWorld Expo. яка проходила в Бостоні, Стів Джобс і Білл Гейтс оголосили про співпрацю між очолюваними ними компаніями, Apple і Microsoft. Одним з пунктів угоди стала заміна браузера Netscape Navigator на Internet Explorer в майбутніх версіях операційної системи Mac OS.

    6 січня 1998 на тій же конференції в Сан-Франциско компанія Microsoft анонсувала випуск фінальної версії Internet Explorer 4.0 for Mac, в якій з'явилася підтримка формату DHTML. функція офлайн-перегляду та вдосконалена Java Virtual Machine. Крім того браузер навчився обмежувати доступ до контенту, що надходить з різних зон безпеки (наприклад, Інтернет або Інтранет). Ще одним нововведенням стала функція активних каналів (Active Channel ), які представляли собою веб-сторінку з вмістом, призначеним користувачеві.

    У той же час компанія Apple анонсувала випуск операційної системи Mac OS 8.1 в якій за замовчуванням поставлявся браузер Internet Explorer for Mac 3.01, що пояснювалося неготовністю четвертої версії.

    У наступному році, 9 січня 1999. на конференції в Сан-Франциско була анонсована нова версія браузера Internet Explorer 4.5 Macintosh Edition [5]. Даний реліз більше не підтримував архітектуру 68k, в ньому з'явилися автоматичне заповнення форм, попередній перегляд друку, бічна панель і інтеграція з пошуковим засобом Sherlock.

    1.4. Internet Explorer 5.0 for Macintosh

    Короткий огляд версій