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.
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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.
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?
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.