is an extension
for the Mozilla Firefox
, Google Chrome
web browsers which allows users to view pages using the Internet Explorer layout engine
. This may be useful for viewing pages that only work in Internet Explorer (e.g., Windows Update
) without exiting the user's preferred web browser. Pages viewed through the IE Tab extension will be recorded in Internet Explorer's history, cache
, and so on, as if they had been viewed directly in Internet Explorer. The extension has become popular among web developers
, since they can display and compare their websites in the two browsers simultaneously.
Laura Blackwell of PC World wrote that the extension is also useful for die-hard Firefox fans who still keep an Internet Explorer window open "just for those holdout sites that require IE to function." The extension "makes it a little easier to reduce your IE dependency: It lets you open a Firefox browser tab that runs sites intended for IE."
IE Tab was originally conceived by a Taiwanese
medical student, , a free software
enthusiast known as PCMan on the Internet. He first developed the plugin
and provided a simple demo page; he then released it to the forums of the . It caught the attention of three other Taiwanese Firefox extension
developers, known online as yuoo2k, dexter, and softcup. They created an extension to facilitate the use of the plugin. The developers then started to work... Read More