Amazing Internet Explorer 5.0

2000: My faith in Microsoft has been restored. Why? Because this past week they unveiled Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0. And, I have to say, this program is amazing!

Mac Happens

As soon as you click on the new 3D icon to get into this great new web browser, you see changes. This first change you see is a major one. At first glance, you see the new “Aquafied” look of the interface. Now, instead of the regular, boring buttons, IE 5.0 has a new see-through interface with translucent blue buttons – and you can change the blue to any iMac or PowerBook color. This only one of the many customizable things in this software. But these cosmetic changes aren’t the only changes you’ll see.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for Mac

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1.7 in the Classic Mac OS displaying Low End Mac on April 6, 2014.

Also in this great new program, you’ll notice a large speed improvement. This is due to many factors, such as an improved page viewing engine and better memory usage. With IE 5.0, so-called “internet lag” is put to a minimum.

Of course, for all of you eBay users, there is a feature for you, too. IE 5.0 introduces a built-in auction manager, so you can manage all of your online auctions at one time. This a good feature, especially for unorganized people like myself.

A Mac-only Feature

The last really neat feature included in this new software is the “internet scrapbook”. This feature lets you save entire web pages to a little window in your browser. This makes doing many things, such as comparing two versions of a web page, much easier. Also, for all of the Mac Evangelists out there, this is a feature only on Internet Explorer 5.0 for Mac.

So, in the end, if you have the time to sit through an 8 to 11 megabyte download, then this program is definitely worth the wait!

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2.3 in Mac OS X

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2.3 in Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard displaying Low End Mac on March 26, 2018. As you can see, it is slightly broken for the modern web. IE 5 only works on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and earlier.

Update: Internet Explorer 5 would be Microsoft’s last browser for the Mac, eventually reaching version 5.1.7 for the Classic Mac OS and 5.2.3 for Mac OS X (July 2003). Microsoft discontinued IE for Mac after Apple released Safari 1.0 in June 2003. With the release of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther in October 2003, Safari became the Mac’s default browser, although IE was still included with the OS; when Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger was released in April 2005, IE was no longer included. Although it’s no longer available from Microsoft if you’d like to download a copy and play with it, click here.

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