Internet Explorer Collection Did you ever wonder how your website looks in Internet Explorer 1? Then you should try Internet Explorer Collection. It allows you to run multiple IE versions at the same time. The collection comes with the following IE editions: 1.0, 1.5., 2.01, 3.0, 3.01, 3.03, 4.01, 5.01, 5.5, 6.0, 6.0 SP2, 7.0, and 8.0.

Michael Pietroforte

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in IT management and system administration.

I tried Internet Explorer Collection on Vista and Windows XP. IE 1.0 only runs on Windows NT and Windows 95. Some of the older browser versions crashed every now and then under Vista. My impression is that the collection works better on an XP machine.

Innternet Explorer 3 I think versions older than IE 6 don't really play a noticeable role anymore. Last month, nine 4sysops visitors were using Internet Explorer 5.5 and two were running 5.01. That is good because 4sysops doesn't really look good with those browsers.

According to Google Analytics, there were also 31 visitors who were using version 999.1. We now have the final proof that time travel is possible. Yeah, it appears some technology historians are accessing 4sysops from the far future. For the sake of completeness, among the IE users, 9.21% use IE6, 29.25.% IE7 and 61.48% IE8. Just in case you are an IE6 user, don't you think, it is time for an update?


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And since I am already in babbling mode, let me mention a related topic. In my view, the web as we know it today is the worst technological invention since the nuclear bomb. If you also have spent countless hours adapting your website to the numerous browsers out there, then you will probably agree. Why do we need open web standards anyway? Why not allow every browser publisher to use its own standard? It wouldn't be a big a deal to automatically launch the rendering engine that fits to a certain document type. Like with PDF, this could be done automatically without bothering users.

Browser manufacturers could add new features without having to wait until the sluggish W3C bureaucrats accept a new proposal and the web would certainly develop much faster because there would be real competition between the different closed web standards. And most importantly, the number of ex-webmasters living in psychiatric hospitals would decrease rapidly.

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  1. bobbrown 8 years ago

    Sounds like the current state of digital video.

    I hate Quicktime and RealPlayer because they have grabbed a share of the market and strong-armed users to install their adware.

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  2. Michael Pietroforte 8 years ago

    I think digital video is a good example. I use quite few different players and it works perfectly fine without open standards.

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  3. Anders Gregersen 8 years ago

    Open standards has the benefit of creating a large shared "api", compared to closed standards. With closed standards it would be much more like SQL Server vs. Oracle. Where you had to know which browser at specific site supported.

    Bare in mind that most video is based on MPEG4 today and contain different wrapping like mov, avi, mkv, divx, xvid.

    And even though W3C is slow, why are the browser vendors still having a hard time complying to the standards? Imagine DVD/BD players with the same compatibility level? Sorry this movie looks best on player A and C. If you want surround sound you must be using play B or C rev 2.

    Development of standards might not be as fast as some want, but as the pace of developement increase, our understanding and use of it drops. We all know it takes time to master a language and most don't keep up with new version due to the increased size of what you need to know.

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  4. Michael Pietroforte 8 years ago

    Anders, I disagree with this: "Open standards has the benefit of creating a large shared “api”, compared to closed standards."

    Windows is a closed standard and the largest "shared API" I know of. Usually closed standards work much better with regards to APIs because one organization has the power to make sure that everyone complies with the standard.

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  5. Wanglx 3 years ago

    Hello, I am a Chinese, I do not speak English, I use Google translate, would like to ask, Utilu IE Collection 1.7.2.1 Why not support IE9.0 ???

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