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Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) was a proprietary web browser created by Microsoft and included with the Microsoft Windows operating system. In at least some cases, it could not be removed, as its functionality was integrated into the OS.

It was eventually replaced by Microsoft Edge and is no longer supported.

As of 2007

MSIE was, as of 2007, the most popular browser – due largely to its inclusion as part of Windows. Because of this, and despite its many bugs, it was also widely supported by web authors.

Documentation of bugs in MSIE, and workarounds for same, were a major topic of discussion (including, apparently, a number of web sites dedicated solely to this purpose).

Version 7, the latest as of 2007, was widely regarded as being a significant improvement over earlier versions, both because of the long-delayed inclusion of tabbed browsing (a feature supported by Firefox/Mozilla for many years prior to MSIE7's release) and for having fewer bugs.


MSIE6 and earlier do not properly display "display:none" CSS elements in between normal ("display:block") elements. A workaround is to use "position:absolute" and "visibility:hidden" instead, with appropriate left, top, and width attributes to prevent scrollbars for invisible elements.