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Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer the latest version of Internet Explorer for users running Windows XP, provides a flexible and reliable browsing experience with enhanced Web privacy features for all Windows users. This version includes a full installation of the Web browser and the most recent version of Outlook Express, the e-mail client that is included with Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer, the latest version of Internet Explorer, provides a flexible and reliable browsing experience with enhanced Web privacy features for all Windows users. This version includes a full installation of the Web browser and the most recent version of Outlook Express, the e-mail client that is included with Internet Explorer.

Whether you are a home user browsing content or getting e-mail on the Web, an IT administrator deploying and maintaining a rich set of Windows Internet technologies, or a Web developer creating Web content, Internet Explorer 6 gives you the freedom to experience the best of the Internet. This overview describes some of the major features and technologies of Internet Explorer, provides information on how to get the latest version, and offers links to more information so you can start getting more from the Web the way you want.

Here is a detailed list of the main features of the IE Browser:

  • Manage Cookies – Help to protect your privacy online by managing cookies. Internet Explorer provides a range of options for accepting and restricting cookies.
  • Security Zones – Provide different levels of security for different areas of the Web to help protect your computer. Internet Explorer divides your Internet world into four zones with varying security levels: Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites. You can assign Web sites to any of these zones and tailor the security levels to your own preferences.
  • Content Advisor – Helps screen out objectionable content by using industry-standard ratings that have been defined independently by the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) committee.
  • Fault Collection – Offers users the option to extract information about an Internet Explorer fault and upload the data to Microsoft for analysis. This information can help identify potential issues Microsoft needs to address in future Internet Explorer Service Packs.
  • Image Toolbar – Allows you to quickly and easily save, e-mail, and print your pictures from your Web page, as well as view all your saved pictures in the My Pictures folder. When you point to pictures on Web pages, the Image toolbar appears giving instant access to My Pictures functions.
  • Media Bar – Provides a user interface for locating and playing media within the browser window. You can play music, video, or mixed-media files without opening a separate window. You can also control the audio volume, choose which media files or tracks to play, and access different media on your computer or on the Microsoft WindowsMedia.com Web site. 
  • Auto Image Resize – Resizes pictures that are too large to display in the browser window so they fit within the dimensions of the window.
  • Favorites – Put Web sites you visit often within easy reach. That way, you don't have to remember or type anything. Just click your mouse twice—and there you are. As your list of favorite pages grows, you can organize them by moving them into subfolders. 
  • History List – Makes it easy to find and return to Web sites and pages you've visited in the past. Whether it's today or a few weeks ago, the History list can record pages you’ve visited, so it's easy to go back later on.
  • Print Preview – Lets you see the page you're about to print at a glance or zoom in for a closer look so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you print Web pages.
  • Auto Complete – Saves you time by automatically remembering information that you've recently typed, such as Web addresses, information in forms, and search queries.
  • Search Companion – Helps you tracking down information on the Web. Internet Explorer's built-in search feature, Search Companion, makes searching the Internet faster and simpler than ever.
  • Customizable Browsing Layout – Provides options so you can change your Web browsing layout to suit the way you work. Add and remove buttons on the toolbar, increase Web page viewing space, and create a custom toolbar layout.

The minimum requirements of the program are (Microsoft Windows OS)

  • Computer/Processor – Computer with a 486/66-MHz processor or higher (Pentium processor recommended)
  • Operating System – Windows 98, 98SE, NT, 2K, ME, 2003, XP, XP SP2
  • For Internet Explorer 6 SP1: RAM requirements depend on the operating system used
  • Windows 98: 16 MB of RAM minimum – Full install size: 11.5 MB
  • Windows 98 Second Edition: 16 MB of RAM minimum – Full install size: 12.4 MB
  • Windows Me: 32 MB of RAM minimum – Full install size: 8.7 MB
  • Windows NT® 4.0 with SP 6a and higher: 32 MB of RAM minimum – Full install size: 12.7 MB
  • Windows 2000: 32 MB of RAM minimum – Full install size: 12 MB
  • Windows XP: 32 MB of RAM minimum – Full install size: 12 MB 
  • Drive: CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM)
  • Display Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors
  • Peripherals – Modem or Internet connection; Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse®, or compatible pointing device
Review by Jared Moya

Internet Explorer has an average rating 4.0 out of 5 based on 8 user ratings.

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