Internet Explorer 11

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Internet Explorer 11
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Internet Explorer 11 running on Windows 10
Internet Explorer 11 running on Windows 10
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release October 17, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-10-17)[1]
Stable release
11.0.85 (11.285.17134.0) (September 11, 2018; 2 months ago (2018-09-11)[2]) [±]
Included with Windows 7 SP1
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016
Platform IA-32, x64 and ARM
Size 28–53 MB
License Proprietary, requires a Windows license[3]
Website ie.microsoft.com
Internet Explorer versions:

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is the eleventh and last version of the Internet Explorer web browser by Microsoft. It was officially released on October 17, 2013 for Windows 8.1 and on November 7, 2013 for Windows 7. The browser was also shipped with Windows 10 on its release on July 29, 2015, but Microsoft Edge is the default browser in this version of Windows. It is the default browser shipped with Windows Server 2016. After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer to be offered for installation on any given Windows operating system will continue to be supported with security updates, lasting until the end of the support lifecycle for that Windows operating system. On Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, only Internet Explorer 11 will receive security updates for the remainder of those Windows versions' support lifecycles.[4]

Changes

IE11 features redesigned developer tools,[5] support for WebGL,[6] enhanced scaling for high DPI screens,[7] prerender and prefetch.[8] After launch IE11 got support for HTTP/2.[9][10][11] In addition, IE11 supports Full Screen and Orientation APIs, CSS border image support, JavaScript enhancements, DOM mutation observers, Web Cryptography API, video text track support, encrypted media support and an improved HTML editor.[12] IE11 uses Transport Layer Security v1.2 as the default protocol for secure connections and deprecates RC4 cipher suite.[13]

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows RT does not support Java and other add-ons.[14]

Removed features

  • IE11 has deprecated document.all, meaning that code that checks for its presence will not detect it, but code that actually uses it will continue to work.[15] Additionally, the attachEvent proprietary API has been removed.[12]
  • Quick Tabs (CTRL+Q)[16]
  • Work Offline command removed from File menu[17]
  • Drag and drop of selected content from IE to other programs like Word or WordPad[citation needed]
  • Use large icons for command buttons
  • Some Group Policy settings are no longer supported.[18]
  • Ability to view all cookies at once via Developer Tools
  • Ability to disable tabbed browsing
  • autocomplete="off" for input type="password"

Added features

Performance

In a November 2013 review by SitePoint, IE11 scored better than Google Chrome 30 and Firefox 26 in WebKit's SunSpider test and Google's WebGL test. It tied with Chrome for fastest in Microsoft's fish aquarium benchmark for WebGL and came last in Google's V8 performance benchmark. As a result of the speed improvements, the reviewer said "if you switched to Chrome for speed alone, you're now using the wrong browser." IE11 was also observed to use less memory with multiple tabs open than contemporary versions of Chrome and Firefox.[12]

In August 2015, SitePoint again benchmarked IE11 in its review for Microsoft Edge, where Edge 12, Chrome 44 and Firefox 39 were also present. IE11 came last in Apple's JetStream test (which replaced SunSpider) and Google's Octane test (which replaces V8) but it came second in Microsoft's fish aquarium test, after Edge.[21]

History

Though an internal build of IE11 was leaked on March 25, 2013,[22] its first preview version was not formally released until June 2013, during the Build 2013 conference, along with the preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.[23] On July 25, 2013, Microsoft released the developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.[24][25]

Legend:
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release
History of Internet Explorer releases
Name Version Release date Works on New features
Old version, no longer supported: Developer Preview Old version, no longer supported: 11.0.9431.0[26] June 26, 2013[23] Windows 8.1 WebGL, CSS border image, improved JavaScript performance, major update to Internet Explorer Developer Tools,[25] hardware-accelerated JPEG decoding,[27] closed captioning, HTML5 full screen,[28] HTML5 prerender, HTML5 prefetch,

Windows 8.1 only: cryptography (WebCrypto),[25] adaptive bitrate streaming (Media Source Extensions),[29] Encrypted Media Extensions,[28] SPDY v3[10]

July 25, 2013[26] Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2[25]
Old version, no longer supported: Release Preview Old version, no longer supported: 11.0.9600.16384[30] September 17, 2013[30] Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2[31] Performance improvements
Current stable version: Internet Explorer 11 Current stable version: 11.0.9600.18617[32] June 9, 2015 Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Update Versions: 11.0.40 (KB4012204)[32][33]
Current stable version: Internet Explorer 11 Current stable version: 11.0.10240.16384 July 29, 2015 Windows 10 Released in Windows 10. Microsoft Edge is the default browser from Microsoft in this version of Windows.

While there were no other releases of Internet Explorer, an update for Windows 7 and 8.1 was released on April 2, 2014 which added Enterprise Mode, improved developer tools, improved support for WebGL and ECMAScript 5.1.[34]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Windows 8.1 is available now". Microsoft News Center. Microsoft. October 17, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: September 11, 2018". Support (18 ed.). Microsoft. 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Microsoft Pre-Release Software License Terms: Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview". microsoft.com. Microsoft. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Support for older versions of Internet Explorer ends on January 12, 2016". Microsoft. January 5, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "What's new in F12 Tools (Preliminary)". MSDN. Microsoft. June 26, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "WebGL (Preliminary)". MSDN. Microsoft. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "High DPI support (Preliminary)". MSDN. Microsoft. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "Prerender and prefetch support (Preliminary)". MSDN. Microsoft. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "HTTP/2: The Long-Awaited Sequel". IEBlog. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Lardinois, Frederic (June 26, 2013). "Microsoft Confirms IE11 Will Support Google's SPDY Protocol". TechCrunch. Aol. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  11. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (November 7, 2013), Microsoft releases for download IE11 for Windows 7, retrieved November 7, 2013
  12. ^ a b c Buckler, Craig (November 7, 2013), "Internet Explorer 11: the Review", SitePoint.com, retrieved November 7, 2013
  13. ^ Peteroy, William (November 12, 2013). "Security Advisory 2868725: Recommendation to disable RC4". Security Research & Defense. Microsoft. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  14. ^ "Install Java in Internet Explorer". Windows Help. Microsoft. January 12, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  15. ^ Zakas, Nicholas C. (July 2, 2013). "Internet Explorer 11: "Don't call me IE"". NCZOnline. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  16. ^ "Ctrl+Q disappeared from IE11?, Microsoft Connect". Microsoft. July 30, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  17. ^ EricLaw [ex-MSFT] (September 24, 2013). "IE11 Changes: IEInternals blog". IEInternals. Microsoft. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "New group policy settings for Internet Explorer 11". Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft. April 6, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "HTTP Strict Transport Security comes to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7". Microsoft.
  20. ^ "Windows patch KB 3139929: When a security update is not a security update". InfoWorld. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  21. ^ Buckler, Craig (August 18, 2015). "Microsoft Edge: the Review". SitePoint.
  22. ^ Sakr, Sharif (May 25, 2013). "Internet Explorer 11 user agent makes browser look like Firefox, thumbs nose at legacy CSS hacks". Engadget. Aol. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  23. ^ a b "Introducing IE11: The Best Way to Experience the Web on Modern Touch Devices". IEBlog. Microsoft. June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  24. ^ "Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview: FAQ". microsoft.com. Microsoft. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  25. ^ a b c d Thurrott, Paul (July 25, 2013). "Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7". Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. Penton Media. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  26. ^ a b Internet Explorer 11.0.9431.0 may be downloaded from "Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2". Download Center. Microsoft. July 25, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  27. ^ Bradley, Tony (July 26, 2013). "Why Internet Explorer 11 is the right browser for business". PC World. IDG. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  28. ^ a b Brinkmann, Martin (July 25, 2013). "The Internet Explorer 11 Preview for Windows 7 is now available". Ghacks.net. ghacks Technology News. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  29. ^ Williams, Mike (July 26, 2013). "Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview now available for Windows 7". BetaNews. BetaNews, Inc. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  30. ^ a b Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16384 may be downloaded from "Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Edition". Download Center. Microsoft. September 17, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  31. ^ Thurrott, Paul (September 18, 2013). "Release Preview Version of IE 11 for Windows 7 is Now Available". Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. Penton Media. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  32. ^ a b Popa, Bogdan (November 13, 2013). "Internet Explorer 11.0.1 Released for Windows 8.1 Users". Softpedia. SoftNews. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  33. ^ "Internet Explorer 11". Softpedia. SoftNews. July 25, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  34. ^ Announcing an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 - available on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 8.1, April 3, 2014, retrieved July 27, 2014

External links

  • Official website
  • Internet Explorer Test Drive
  • IEBlog: Windows Internet Explorer Engineering Team Blog at MSDN Blogs
  • Internet Explorer Community Resources at Microsoft Developer Network
  • Internet 11 Development Status of Features
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