On November 22, 1995, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 2.0. The browser was initially designed for Windows 95 and Windows NT.

In April 1996, Windows 3.1 and Apple Macintosh platforms were also released. Internet Explorer 2.0 thus became the first in a series of browsers created by Microsoft, which was also available for the competing Apple platform. The user interface for Windows 95 was translated into 24 languages, giving Microsoft an undeniable advantage in the upcoming browser war.

Internet Explorer 2.0 included many new features such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL), JavaScript support, HTTP cookies, VRML, NNTP newsgroups, integrated email and news client, support of HTML tables, frames, marquee, and other HTML elements.