What is Internet Explorer?
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (“IE”) is a free web browser that is installed by default on all Microsoft Windows desktop and server operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
As of December 2010, IE held about 47% of the desktop browser market, making it the #1 browser ahead of Firefox. IE relies on individual end users and corporate IT departments to push out major browser updates. In practice, this means that it takes about a year after release for each new major version to become the dominant version of IE in the market.
IE’s native FTP capabilities allow it to connect to FTP servers using both active and passive mode and upload or download specific files as anonymous or authenticated users with passwords.
Internet Explorer’s official web site is www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/.
BEST PRACTICE: All credible file transfer applications that offer browser support for administrative, reporting or end user interfaces should support the Internet Explorer web browser, and file transfer vendors should commit to supporting any new IE browser version within one year of its release. Furthermore, file transfer vendors that offer plain old FTP access should support the Internet Explorer interface, including its tight integration into underlying Windows desktop operating systems.