What Is Internet Explorer?

Internet Explorer is an Internet browser program that was developed and released by Microsoft on Aug. 16, 1995. The program was initially called the Microsoft Internet Explorer and, as of 2014, it remains one of the most popular browsers despite competition from other browsers, such as Google Chrome and Firefox.

As of 2014, Microsoft continues to produce new versions of Internet Explorer, with its latest stable release being Internet Explorer 11.0.12 in September 2014. The software is written in the C++ operating language and typically has been included with every version of the Windows operating system since Windows 95. The original author of the first version of Internet Explorer was Thomas Reardon.