All major desktop web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Opera ship with their own download managers. While these in-built download manager are pretty good and handle large downloads pretty well most of the time, you might feel the need of a dedicated download when you’re trying to download really huge files.
If you have ever explored the world of internet download managers then you probably have come across Free Download Manager (popular known as FDM), Orbit Download Manger, and Internet Download Manager (IDM). Both these download managers come with advanced features and options required to download huge files.
Computer users who don’t need a powerful third-party download manager and prefer a simple yet functional download manager developed by Microsoft would be glad to know about the availability of a free download manager from Microsoft.
Microsoft Download Manager is a free download manager available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. The recently released Microsoft Download Manager comes with all basic features that you would expect in a good download manager.
This download manager may sound like a very basic one for those who have been using advanced download mangers such as the Free Download Manger, but it’s better than the default browser managers. The tool offers you customize the download directory, and also lets you start a new download from a link.
Click to the Settings icon present in the toolbar to change the default download location, maximum number of retries to be made if an error occurs while downloading, retry interval, and maximum number of simultaneous downloads. You can also manually configure the proxy under Settings.
The current version of Download Manger supports all recent versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft Download Manger is just 1.1 MB in size and is available to download from the below mentioned link.
Update on April 27, 2013: The latest 1.2.1 version supports Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8 as well.
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