Internet Explorer is retired as of June 15, 2022
Internet Explorer came out on August 16, 1995. It was part of Windows 95 Plus! pack. Later versions were available as free downloads, or service packs. Microsoft spent over $100 million per year on Internet Explorer in the 90s.
In 2003 Internet Explorer was the most widely used web browser, attaining a peak of 95% usage share.
Microsoft was sued by SyNet Inc in 1996 for trademark infringement, claiming it owned the rights to the name Internet Explorer. It ended with Microsoft paying $5 million to settle the lawsuit.
Here are the list of the versions and which version of Windows it was released on-
Internet Explorer 1 - Windows 95 Plus!
Internet Explorer 2 - Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 3.1, Apple Macintosh
Internet Explorer 3 - Windows and Apple Mac OS
Internet Explorer 4 - Windows, Mac OS, Solaris and HP-UX
Internet Explorer 5 - Windows 3.1, WIndows NT3, WIndows 95, Windows NT 4.0 SP3, Windows 98, Mac OS X, Classic Mac OS, Solaris, and HP-UX
Internet Explorer 6 - Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Internet Explorer 7 - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, WIndows Vista, Windows Server 2008, WIndows Embedded POSReady 2009
Internet Explorer 8 - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
Internet Explorer 9 - Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista
Internet Explorer 10 - Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista
Internet Explorer 11 - Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windos Embedded 8 Standard