Internet Explorer turns 15 in the month before Microsoft is scheduled to release the first Beta development milestone of Internet Explorer 9.
The Redmond company first release its browser as a rival to Netscape back in 1995, bundling it with the Windows operating system, and offering it free of charge.
Since then, the success of IE has pretty much been tied to that of Windows, reaching a peak of over 95% early in the past decade.
However, as Mozilla and additional rivals have started releasing competitive browsers, IE’s market share dominance has dwindled.
IE’s share of the browser market is now just 60.74%, with Firefox owning 22.91%, Chrome 7.16%, Safari 5.09%, and Opera 2.45%, according to statistics released by Net Applications
Still, in the past months IE has turned back the tide
, and started gaining market share at the expense of Firefox and Chrome.