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Stupid question-what's IE for?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 02:52 PM

Can I ask a stupid question- what's Internet Explorer for?
I mean, I've been with AOL for 6 years and AOL does everything for me (browsing, e-mail etc) with not too many hiccups.
IE came with my Windows so I've naturally heard of it, but have never actually used it.
I clicked on the IE icon once to peek and it seemed to just bring up AOL's opening screen anyway, so I exited out scratching my head.
Am I missing out on something by not using IE?
What do other people use it for?

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 03:10 PM

It's an internet browser that a proportion of people use, it comes with every PC running windows, and it's really Popular.

It's better than AOL's browser imo..

Edited by CarbonX, 20 December 2008 - 03:10 PM.


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Posted 20 December 2008 - 03:21 PM

So how do I use it, just click on its icon? Problem is when I do that, it opens looking exactly like the AOL welcome screen and uses Google just like AOL does, so where's the difference?

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 03:24 PM

There are different browsers in use throughout the internet - the most common being Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Netscape, and Safari. There's a lot of others available - but most are based on one of the more common one's.

If AOL does what you need it to do - then IMO there's no reason to switch. Should AOL start to give you problems, then it may be nice to have it available to use. Also, it's a integral part of Windows, so you can't remove it. It's my understanding that the AOL browser is based on Internet Explorer - more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL_Explorer
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 04:30 PM

If you're clicking the "Internet" item on the Start menu, then your default browser will launch (in this case AOL, which may be a branded version of IE like usasma said, I don't know much about AOL).

Just FYI, you should be able to launch the naked version of IE by directly launching its executable: X:\WINDOWS\system32\iexplore.exe where X:\ represents the drive Windows is installed on (usually C:\)

Internet Explorer is considered by some (myself included) to be an inferior browser when compared to the other top browsers available such as Opera or Firefox.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 08:46 PM

As Amazing Andrew said...AOL, Compuserve, etc. all take Internet Explorer and modify it slightly to use as "their" browser.

The IE in Windows is a better browser because it doesn't contain/reflect the unnecessary fluff that is on the AOL, etc. browsers. And IE probably offers greater flexibility for options, additions, etc.

For most users with those ISP services, they could care less about the differences, advertising, etc...they just want to be able to get online :thumbsup:.

Those of us who don't use those services...prefer more choices (to fit our personalities) from the other browsers available.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 07:30 PM

As long as you can update Windows by using AOL, keep using that since you're familiar with it. If not, the only way to do it is by using IE.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 01:01 AM

Thanks guys, IE is definitely smoother than AOL (especially when playing videos off the net) so my strategy will be to use IE as a backup whenever AOL starts hicupping..:)




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