Internet Explorer Logo

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Internet Explorer Logo
Internet Explorer is a web-browser, created by Microsoft in 1995. At the beginning of the 2000s, it was the most popular browser, but later a lot of competitors appeared on the market. Internet Explorer is available in more than 90 languages but not supported by Android and Mac operating systems.

Meaning and history

Internet Explorer Logo history


The iconic Internet Explorer icon first appeared as a part of the browser’s logo, created in 1996. Today it is one of the most recognizable emblems across the globe, but before its creation, there were two visual identity versions, that not many people remember of.

1995

The very first Internet Explorer logo was designed in 1995 and depicted an image of the Earth with a “Microsoft Internet Explorer” wordmark.
The Earth was drawn in a calm blue white and gray color palette, while the “Internet Explorer” lettering featured dark blue with a green shadow. The word “Microsoft”, thin and black, was placed on the right of the globe.

1996

The next version of the logo was designed later in the same year and was based on the Microsoft visual identity. The logo was composed of a wordmark, set in two levels, and an emblem on its right.
The upper level of the nameplate was “Microsoft” in its signature elegant typeface, while the lower level depicted “Internet Explorer” in extra-bold sans-serif. The emblem features a Microsoft iconic four-colored flag, enclosed in a circle.

1996 — 1997

Logo Internet Explorer
1996 is the year when the iconic emblem appears on the Internet Explorer logo. It is placed on the right of the wordmark and features a bold bright blue letter “E” in the lowercase with the orbit, crossing it diagonally and representing “I” (for the “Internet”).

1997 — 2001

In 1997 the IE icon becomes an official logo. The color is changed to a lighter shade of blue, and the contour of the emblem is slightly refined.

2001 — 2006

Internet Explorer Emblem
In 2001 the emblem becomes more three-dimensional, gaining a deeper gradient blue color. It looks bright and vivid, evoking a friendly and welcoming feeling. The new icon stays with the browser for five years.

2006 — 2011

The logo was once again redesigned in 2006, after the rebranding of Microsoft IE as Windows Internet Explorer. The letter “E” became darker and gained a black outline, while the orbit changed its color to yellow.

2011 — Today

Internet Explorer Logo
In 2011 the color combination was the same, but both colors became lighter and the orbit was modified. The “E” also changes its typeface, and now looks fresher and more crispy. The logo from 2011 is still in use today on Windows 7/10 and 8x.

2012 — Today

Another version of the logo, which is still in use nowadays was designed in 2012. It is a light blue flat icon, which looks like the one from 1997, but in a refined shape and a brighter shade of blue. No yellow color here.