Internet Explorer 6

Friday, April 11, 2008

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (commonly abbreviated to IE6), is a graphical web browser developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 lines of operating systems. It was the most widely used web browser during its tenure (surpassing Internet Explorer 5.x), attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003 when it began steadily declining until 2007 when it rapidly lost market share to Windows Internet Explorer 7.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 was released on August 27, 2001, shortly after Windows XP was finished. This version included DHTML enhancements, content restricted inline frames, and partial support of CSS level 1, DOM level 1 and SMIL 2.0 The MSXML engine was also updated to version 3.0. Other new features included a new version of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK), Media bar, Windows Messenger integration, fault collection, automatic image resizing, P3P, and a new look-and-feel that was in line with the "Luna" visual style of Windows XP, when used in Windows XP. In 2002, the Gopher protocol was disabled and support for it was dropped in Internet Explorer 7. In a May 7, 2003 Microsoft online chat, Brian Countryman, Internet Explorer Program Manager, declared that on Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer would cease to be distributed separately from the operating system (IE 6 would be the last standalone version); it would, however, be continued as a part of the evolution of the operating system, with updates coming only bundled in operating system upgrades. Thus, Internet Explorer and Windows itself would be kept more in sync. However, after one release in this fashion (6.0 Service Pack 2 in August 2004), Microsoft changed its plan and released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 in late 2006.

IE6 remained more popular than its successor in business use for more then a year after IE7 came out.

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