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Internet Explorer Edge

Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.

Microsoft Edge was released in July, 2015. Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer as the default browser on Windows 10. It is also the default browser in Windows 10 for smartphones, tablets, and XBox One. Edge is exclusive to Windows 10 and cannot be used on previous Windows versions.

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Edge Statistics

The values below are in percentages and are extracted from our W3Schools' Statistics.

2018 Total   Edge 18 Edge17 Edge16 Older
Edge
IE11 Older
IE
August 3.7     1.0 0.4 0.3 1.7 0.2
July 3.5     0.9 0.5 0.2 1.8 0.1
June 3.8     0.8 0.5 0.4 2.0 0.1
May 3.9     0.3 1.0 0.4 1.9 0.1
April 3.9       1.4 0.4 1.9 0.2
March 4.0       1.4 0.6 2.0 0.0
February 4.1       1.2 0.7 2.1 0.1
January 4.1       1.1 0.9 2.0 0.1
2017 Total Edge 16 Edge15 Edge14 Edge13 Edge12 IE11 Older
December 3.9 0.6 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.1 2.0 0.1
November 4.3 0.4 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.0 2.4 0.0
October 4.1 0.1 1.2 0.3 0.1 0.1 2.3 0.0
September 4.2   1.1 0.4 0.1 0.1 2.5 0.0
August 4.3   0.8 0.4 0.2 0.1 2.6 0.2
July 4.2   0.7 0.6 0.2 0.1 2.6 0.0
June 4.6   0.6 0.8 0.2 0.1 2.6 0.3
May 4.6   0.3 1.1 0.2 0.1 2.7 0.2
April 4.6   0.1 1.2 0.2 0.1 2.8 0.2
March 4.8     1.4 0.2 0.2 2.9 0.1
February 4.8     1.1 0.2 0.1 3.1 0.3
January 4.9     1.1 0.2 0.1 3.4 0.1
2016 Total Edge14 Edge13 Edge12 IE11 IE10 Older
December 4.8 1.0 0.2 0.1 3.0 0.1 0.4
November 5.2 0.9 0.3 0.1 3.2 0.1 0.6
October 5.2 1.0 0.5 0.1 3.5 0.1 0.0
September 5.3 0.5 0.8 0.2 3.4 0.2 0.2
August 5.2 0.2 1.0 0.2 3.3 0.2 0.3
July 5.2   1.2 0.2 3.4 0.2 0.2
June 5.6   1.0 0.2 4.0 0.2 0.2
May 5.7   1.0 0.2 3.9 0.3 0.3
April 5.8   1.0 0.2 3.9 0.4 0.3
March 6.1   1.0 0.2 4.1 0.3 0.5
February 6.2   0.9 0.2 4.1 0.4 0.6
January 6.2   0.8 0.4 3.8 0.5 0.7


2015 Total Edge IE11 IE10 IE9 IE8 IE7
December 6.3 1.0 3.9 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.1
November 6.8 1.0 4.4 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.1
October 6.9 0.9 4.1 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.1
September 7.2 0.8 4.2 0.9 0.9 0.5 0.1
August 6.6 0.3 3.5 0.8 1.0 0.7 0.2
July 6.5   3.4 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.2
June 7.1   4.2 0.8 1.2 0.9 0.1
May 7.1   4.1 1.1 1.2 0.7 0.1
April 8.0   4.5 1.0 1.4 1.0 0.1
March 7.7   4.1 1.0 1.4 1.1 0.1
February 8.0   4.1 1.1 1.5 1.2 0.1
January 7.8   3.7 1.1 1.4 1.2 0.2
2014 Total IE11 IE10 IE9 IE8 IE7 IE6
December 8.0 3.6 1.1 1.6 1.3 0.2 0.0
November 9.8 4.7 1.4 1.8 1.6 0.3 0.0
October 9.5 4.3 1.5 1.8 1.6 0.2 0.0
September 9.9 3.8 1.7 2.4 2.0 0.3 0.0
August 8.3 3.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 0.2 0.0
July 8.5 3.0 1.5 1.8 1.8 0.2 0.0
June 8.8 3.0 1.4 1.2 2.1 0.3 0.1
May 8.9 2.7 1.4 1.9 2.1 0.2 0.0
April 9.4 2.7 1.6 2.0 2.4 0.3 0.1
March 9.7 2.6 1.6 2.1 2.5 0.3 0.1
February 9.8 2.5 1.7 2.1 2.7 0.3 0.1
January 10.2 2.5 1.7 2.3 3.1 0.4 0.1
2013 Total IE11 IE10 IE9 IE8 IE7 IE6
December 9.0 0.8 2.1 2.4 3.2 0.4 0.1
November 10.5   3.5 2.5 3.6 0.5 0.1
October 11.7   4.0 3.0 4.1 0.5 0.1
September 12.1   4.0 2.8 4.6 0.6 0.1
August 11.8   3.6 2.8 4.7 0.6 0.1
July 11.8   3.3 2.8 4.8 0.7 0.1
June 12.0   3.1 3.2 4.9 0.7 0.1
May 12.6   2.6 3.9 5.2 0.8 0.1
April 12.7   2.0 4.4 5.3 0.8 0.1
March 12.9   1.3 5.2 5.5 0.8 0.2
February 13.5   0.9 5.7 5.8 0.9 0.2
January 14.3   0.8 5.9 6.4 1.0 0.3
2012 Total IE10 IE9 IE8 IE7 IE6
December 14.7 0.6 5.9 6.8 1.1 0.3
November 15.1 0.4 6.5 6.8 1.1 0.3
October 16.1 0.2 6.8 7.6 1.2 0.3
September 16.4 0.2 6.6 7.9 1.3 0.4
August 16.2 0.1 6.1 7.8 1.8 0.5
July 16.3 0.1 5.9 7.9 2.0 0.6
June 16.7 0.1 6.1 8.0 1.9 0.6
May 18.1 0.1 6.5 8.8 2.1 0.6
April 18.3 0.1 6.4 8.8 2.3 0.7
March 18.9 0.0 6.1 9.4 2.5 0.9
February 19.5 0.0 5.7 10.2 2.6 1.0
January 20.1 0.1 5.3 10.5 3.1 1.1
2011 Total IE9 IE8 IE7 IE6
December 20.2 5.1 10.7 3.2 1.2
November 21.2 5.1 11.5 3.4 1.2
October 21.7 5.1 11.8 3.5 1.3
September 22.9 4.8 12.4 3.9 1.8
August 22.5 4.2 11.9 4.2 2.0
July 22.0 3.9 11.7 4.1 2.3
June 23.2 3.6 12.9 4.4 2.3
May 24.9 3.1 14.1 5.3 2.4
April 24.3 2.1 14.8 4.9 2.5
March 25.8 1.1 16.3 5.4 3.0
February 26.5 0.6 16.7 5.7 3.5
January 26.6 0.5 16.6 5.7 3.8
2010 Total IE9 IE8 IE7 IE6
December 27.5 0.5 16.5 6.1 4.4
November 28.6 0.4 17.6 6.5 4.1
October 29.7 0.4 17.3 7.2 4.8
September 31.1 0.2 17.3 8.0 5.6
August 30.7   16.2 7.8 6.7
July 30.4   15.6 7.6 7.2
June 31.0   15.7 8.1 7.2
May 32.2   16.0 9.1 7.1
April 33.4   16.2 9.3 7.9
March 34.9   15.3 10.7 8.9
February 35.3   14.7 11.0 9.6
January 36.2   14.3 11.7 10.2
2009 Total IE8 IE7 IE6
December 37.2 13.5 12.8 10.9
November 37.7 13.3 13.3 11.1
October 37.5 12.8 14.1 10.6
September 39.6 12.2 15.3 12.1
August 39.3 10.6 15.1 13.6
July 39.4 9.1 15.9 14.4
June 40.7 7.1 18.7 14.9
May 41.0 5.2 21.3 14.5
April 42.1 3.5 23.2 15.4
March 43.3 1.4 24.9 17.0
February 43.6 0.8 25.4 17.4
January 44.8 0.6 25.7 18.5
2008 Total IE7 IE6 IE5
December 46.0 26.1 19.6 0.3
November 47.0 26.6 20.0 0.4
October 47.4 26.9 20.2 0.3
September 49.0 26.3 22.3 0.4
August 51.0 26.0 24.5 0.5
July 52.4 26.4 25.3 0.7
June 54.2 27.0 26.5 0.7
May 54.4 26.5 27.3 0.6
April 54.8 24.9 28.9 1.0
March 53.9 23.3 29.5 1.1
February 54.7 22.7 30.7 1.3
January 54.7 21.2 32.0 1.5
2007 Total IE7 IE6 IE5
November 56.0 20.8 33.6 1.6
September 57.2 20.8 34.9 1.5
July 58.5 20.1 36.9 1.5
May 58.9 19.2 38.1 1.6
March 58.7 18.0 38.7 2.0
January 58.6 13.3 42.3 3.0
2006 Total IE7 IE6 IE5
November 60.6 7.1 49.9 3.6
September 62.1 2.5 55.6 4.0
July 62.4 1.9 56.3 4.2
May 63.0 1.1 57.4 4.5
March 64.7 0.6 58.8 5.3
January 66.0 0.2 60.3 5.5
2005 Total IE6 IE5
November 68.9 62.7 6.2
September 75.5 69.8 5.7
July 73.8 67.9 5.9
May 71.6 64.8 6.8
March 72.5 63.6 8.9
January 74.5 64.8 9.7
2004 Total IE6 IE5
November 76.2 66.0 10.2
September 79.0 67.8 11.2
July 80.4 67.2 13.2
May 81.9 68.1 13.8
March 82.8 68.2 14.6
January 84.7 68.9 15.8
2003 Total IE6 IE5
November 84.9 71.2 13.7
September 86.6 69.7 16.9
July 87.2 66.9 20.3
May 87.7 65.0 22.7
March 88.0 63.4 24.6
January 84.6 55.3 29.3
2002 Total IE6 IE5 IE4
November 83.4 53.5 29.9  
September 83.5 49.1 34.4  
July 85.0 44.4 40.1 0.5
May 87.4 40.7 46.0 0.7
March 86.8 36.7 49.4 0.7
January 86.8 30.1 55.7 1.0

Microsoft Edge 16

Microsoft Edge 16 was released in October, 2017.

New features:

  • Support for CSS Grid Layout
  • Support for CSS properties object-fit and object-position
  • New Developer Tools
  • JavaScript: ability to defer/re-defer functions, use polymorphic inline caches, and optimize functions with try/finally blocks
  • New JavaScript features (on by default): WebAssembly and Shared Memory and Atomics
  • WebVR has added support for motion controllers

Microsoft Edge 15

Microsoft Edge 15 was released in April, 2017.

New features:

  • Supports CSS custom properties (aka CSS variables)
  • Intersection Observer API - allows you to asynchronously query the position and visibility of DOM elements relative to other elements or the global viewport
  • Experimental JavaScript features (enabled with about:flags): WebAssembly and Shared Memory and Atomics
  • Support for Payment Request API - enabling simpler checkout and payments on the web on Windows 10 PCs and Phones
  • TCP Fast Open - reduces the number of round trips required to open a TCP connection, improving browser networking performance
  • WebRTC and interoperable RTC video codec support
  • Support for WebVR

Microsoft Edge 14

Microsoft Edge 14 was released in August, 2016.

New features:

  • Supports a new HTML, JavaScript and CSS based extension model (this model is Chrome-compatible)
  • Support for Fetch API
  • New JavaScript features (on by default): Default parameters (ES2015), Exponentiation operator (ES2016), Array.prototype.includes (ES2016), Object.values and object.entries (ES2017)
  • Experimental JavaScript features (enabled with about:flags): Modules (ES2015), Async/await (ES2017), Regex symbols (ES2015)
  • Support for the Web Authentication API (FIDO 2.0 Web API)
  • Support for Web Notifications
  • Support for Web Speech API

Microsoft Edge 13

Microsoft Edge 13 was released in November, 2015.

New features:

  • Support for CSS Mutability Pseudo-classes
  • Support for CSS Range Pseudo-classes
  • Support for CSS initial and unset keywords
  • Supports the new unprefixed Encrypted Media Extensions APIs
  • Graphics updates: Canvas ellipse, Canvas blending modes, <picture> element, SVG external content
  • New JavaScript features (on by default): asm.js enabled by default (blog post, demo) and Classes (ES2015)
  • Experimental JavaScript features (enabled with about:flags): Async functions (ES2016), Exponentiation operator (ES2016), Destructuring (ES2015)
  • Improved user input for <meter> element and oninvalid event
  • Support for the Pointer Lock API (previously called Mouse Lock) for access to raw mouse movement, locking the target of mouse events to a single element, eliminating limits of how far mouse movement can go in a single direction, and removing the cursor from view

Microsoft Edge 12

Microsoft Edge was released in July, 2015.

Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer as the default browser on Windows 10. It is also the default browser in Windows 10 for smartphones and tablets. Edge is exclusive to Windows 10 and cannot be used on previous Windows versions.

Microsoft Edge is designed to be a lightweight web browser with a layout engine built around web standards, and Microsoft has committed to updating Edge to embrace new and existing standards that it does not yet support.

Microsoft Edge presents a clean break from the past, free from the legacy code needed to support ActiveX controls, Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), and other bygone web development practices. Additionally, Microsoft Edge provides native PDF support.

New features:

  • Implements Content Security Policy (CSP) 1.0
  • Support for CSS Filter effects (filter property)
  • New JavaScript features: class, for...of, Promise, Proxy, Symbol, WeakSet, acosh, codePointAt, fromCodePoint, hypot, imul, isInteger, isNaN, raw, includes, keys (Array), repeat (String), values (Array)
    Functions, Generators, Iterators, Regular Expression y flag, Template strings, Unicode code point escape characters
  • Support for the Media Capture and Streams APIs
  • Support for new HTML elements/attributes: <meter>, <picture>, <template>, srcset and sizes attributes (for <image>), selectionDirection, <input type="time"> and <input type="datetime-local">
  • Support for Object RTC API - enables media (audio/video) to be streamed (sent and received) in real-time directly between web browsers, mobile devices, and servers
  • Added Reading View
  • Support for WebKit APIs
  • Support for the W3C Web Audio API specification
  • Support for the W3C WebDriver API

Internet Explorer 11

For Windows 8.1: Internet Explorer 11 was released on October 17, 2013.

For Windows 7: Internet Explorer 11 was released on November 7, 2013.

New features:

  • Performance improvements
  • All new F12 Developer Tools
  • WebGL support
  • High DPI support
  • CSS3 border-image support
  • CSS Flexbox support
  • Supports SPDY (on Windows 8.1 only)
  • Supports Full Screen and Orientation APIs
  • Enhanced support for users on touch-based devices
  • JavaScript enhancements
  • DOM mutation observers
  • Web Cryptography API
  • Video text track support
  • Encrypted media support
  • Improved HTML editor

 REMOVED FEATURES IN IE11:

  • document.all is deprecated (code that checks for its presence will not detect it, but code that actually uses it will continue to work)
  • attachEvent
  • Quick tabs (CTRL+Q)
  • "Work offline" command removed from File menu
  • Drag and drop of selected content from IE to other programs like Word
  • Use large icons for command buttons
  • The ability to view all cookies at once in Developer Tools

IE11 is fast and standards compliant. However, its major drawback is that it does not run on OS versions earlier than Windows 7 and does not offer syncing for that OS!


Internet Explorer for Macintosh

Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer for Mac on December 31, 2005.

Mac users are recommended to use other browsers, such as Apple Safari.


Older Internet Explorer Versions

IE10.0 (released in 2012). Was the default browser in Windows 8.

IE9.0 (released in 2011). Support for HTML5, CSS3, SVG and Canvas.

IE8.0 (released in 2009). Full support for CSS 2.1.

IE7.0 (released in 2006). Was the default browser in Windows XP with Service Pack 2.

IE6.0 (released in 2001). Was the default browser in Windows XP.

IE5.5 (released in 2000) Support for XML/XSL, CSS, print preview and HTC behaviors.

IE5.0 (released in 1999) The first major browser with XML support.

IE4.0 (released in 1997). Support for CSS and DOM.

IE 3.0 (released in 1996) is now used by less than 0.1.

IE 2.0 (released in 1995). It is too old. Nobody uses it.

IE1.0 (released in 1995). Does anyone remember it?


Microsoft Internet Explorer Resources

Microsoft's Support Site
Microsoft's support website has a searchable knowledge database, articles, forums, and tutorials full of solutions and tips for a better experience.