Build list legend
|Version of Internet Explorer|
|Compatible with||Windows 3.1x|
Windows NT 3.5x
Windows NT 4.0
Mac OS 7
Mac OS 8
Mac OS 9
Internet Explorer 2.1 (Windows 3.1/NT 3.5x)
Internet Explorer 3 is the third version of Internet Explorer that was released on 24 August 1996. It was shipped with Windows 95 OSR2 and bundled with Office 97 but is also available for Windows 3.1x, Windows NT 3.5x, versions of Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 with older versions of Internet Explorer, as well as Mac OS. It also comes as part of the Internet Explorer Startup Kit from 1996, which replaced the Internet Jumpstart Kit from Microsoft Plus! 95. This is the first version of Internet Explorer to include Microsoft Internet Mail and News, later known as Outlook Express. The versions included with IE 3 (1.0 and 2.0) are the only ones with the "MORTIMER" Easter egg. See here for more details.
The 32-bit setup will refuse to load on Windows with Internet Explorer 4 or newer installed. However, the 16-bit setup lets the user install it, even with a newer version installed, but it will display a message that a 32-bit version is available for Windows 95 (Windows NT 4.0 has been just released at the time IE 3 was released, but only with IE 2 installed). Opening the link, which leads to a long-gone Microsoft website will redirect to the Microsoft home page instead.
There are various installers for the 32-bit IE 3: