|Component of Microsoft Windows|
|Introduced in||Windows 95|
|Last included in|
|Replaced by||Microsoft Edge|
Internet Explorer is Microsoft's venture into the web browser market. The initial version of the browser was incarnated from Spyglass Mosaic which Microsoft licensed for a modest quarterly fee and a share of the non-Windows product revenues. As Microsoft decided to distribute Internet Explorer "free of charge" with their Windows operating system, they were able to avoid most royalties.
Because of the browser's inclusion starting from the Windows 9x series and beyond, it led to a 1998-2001 antitrust lawsuit, with the suit being settled in November 2001. The browser quickly overtook Netscape in the first browser war and retained ~95% of its market share until the early 2000s, when popular alternative browsers such as Mozilla Firefox came to market, sparking the second browser war.
Internet Explorer was notorious for disobeying set web standards by the W3C until version 9 when Microsoft took a new commitment to HTML5 and web standards. It was eventually replaced by Microsoft Edge in 2015.