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Internet Explorer

By Microsoft Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Internet Explorer

  • Surf the Web with the latest browser from Microsoft
  • Last updated on 05/02/14
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 2, 2014

Internet Explorer 11 is the latest version of Microsoft's default browser. It provides all standard features that you'd want in a Web browser, while giving excellent integration with other Microsoft programs; but you won't find the same customization options here as you'd see in other Web browsers.

Pros

Fast loading: Web sites, videos, and images loaded at a comparable speed to any other Web browser on the market. This is a great improvement from the previous versions of Internet Explorer.

Detailed support: Internet Explorer 11 comes with detailed tutorials, forums, FAQ pages, and direct support. The support offered is much more informative than many other FAQs we've seen, presenting help in topics like "Tips & tricks" and "Add-ons."

Cons

Instability: We recorded several occurrences of Internet Explorer 11 crashing. Often, this only resulted in the program closing and restarting. On one occurrence, we were on a reputable Web site, but IE 11 still crashed, resulting in a total restart of the computer.

Iffy compatibility: Internet Explorer 11 easily navigates to and from Web sites, but at times, certain Web sites do not load properly. This was supposed to be fixed with IE 11, but it appears that these problems are still effecting the browser.

Bottom Line

Internet Explorer 11 is the standard browser that most individuals are familiar with. It is great for those that want only a basic online experience. Other programs, like Google Chrome, offer more personalized displays and features, and Microsoft should add these options to improve IE 11. The constant instability is also a nuisance, and this is why we suggest downloading other Web browsers that are more reliable.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 11

General

Release July 25, 2014
Date Added May 2, 2014
Version 11

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 22,419,529
Downloads Last Week 292
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Developer's Description

Internet Explorer 11 is the new browser from Microsoft with improved performance, faster page load times, new standards support for next generation sites, and completely revised F12 developer tools. It includes new capabilities to improve real-world Web site performance, support for the well-defined and commonly used features of the emerging ECMAScript 6 standard, support for WebGL, and high quality, power efficient HTML5 video without plugins.

Internet Explorer 11 is compatible with existing sites, which just run faster and look better in IE. In IE11 we have also added a number of APIs to enable new experiences, and we have changed or removed APIs to ensure that more sites work today and in the future.