Apache's default configuration includes something like this in
SetEnvIf User-Agent ".*MSIE.*" nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
Do newer IE still require all of these workarounds?
The issue seemed to center mostly around uploading files to a host via an SSL secured session.
MS says it's been fixed as of IE7. Mentioned at the end of this article: http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/archive/2007/11/09/internet-explorer-and-ssl-closure-alerts.aspx
If it's still there in the latest version of Apache, I'd err on the side of caution and keep it in there. The performance hit for your server and IE clients is not as bad as rendering them unable to access parts of the site.
That's Apache 2.2 or earlier. If you look at the configuration files supplied with Apache 2.4 you will see they have changed this to
I'm not sure who is to blame, although some credit must go to Microsoft for fixing it after a mere 5 buggy releases over a period of only about seven years.