Note: Internet Explorer X is no longer under development and is a piece of legacy software.
Tired of Safari? Well, you are in luck then because you can now download Internet Explorer for Mac! This might seem a little counterintuitive at first because Mac users would never need to use Microsoft’s previous flagship browser, right?
This is certainly true for new websites, especially those that need a modern web browser and modern security features, but sometimes an older browser is necessary. For this reason, you can now download Internet Explorer for Mac OS X, and it's free.
There are legacy websites that still use Flash and Java, so Internet Explorer still has a target audience of websites that it can be used with. Mac Internet Explorer works just as you would expect, and it does a good job at rendering websites and basic navigation.
We need to address the elephant in the room here though because there is one big problem with trying to run Internet Explorer on your Mac in 2019: there is no active development for the browser in macOS. So, what gives?
The answer is that Microsoft provides the ability for anyone to download the browser in a virtualized for via its ModernIE service.
This is aimed at developers that wish to test features in older browsers, but there’s nothing stopping you from running it as a user.
Your choice here will depend on your preferred virtualization platform. Microsoft has created virtual machines for VMWare, Vagrant, VirtualBox, Hyper V, and of course, Parallels. Mac users will probably be most familiar with Parallels as it offers seamless integration with MacOS.
Because there is no native Mac OS support for Internet Explorer there needs to be an intermediate layer between the OS and Internet Explorer. This is why virtual machines are used as a way to overcome the lack of active development for the Operating System.
Internet Explorer 11 is the highest version that you can run with this particular solution, and it seems to run flawlessly. Opening web pages to test glitches and errors is very easy thanks to the familiar layout of Internet Explorer.
There are several options that will allow you to run Microsoft Internet Explorer on your Mac, but not many that take the virtualization route and allow it to run so easily. There are also older projects that you can try out, but this seems to be the most practical way to do it.
Yes, you can. However, there is no active development on the older native installers for Mac OS. This is largely due to the fact that Apple developed its own browser which is still being used by Apple users by default, which is called Safari.
At present the best way to install Internet Explorer on a Mac computer is to use a tool such as zip64 and then extract the installation file from the Microsoft download. Once it is installed then you will need to extract the data from the downloaded archive.
The latest available version through this method is Internet Explorer version 11, although there is also a Microsoft Edge virtual machine that can also be downloaded and installed if you need something a little more modern and without too much extra work.
No, it is not the same. Internet Explorer no longer has active development, so it lacks many of the modern features that Safari has. Internet Explorer works well in this kind of deployment so users can enjoy an Internet Explorer browsing experience on a Mac.
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