IE9 Now Available for Download

Microsoft Impresses with New Version of Browser

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Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. It’s already getting some pretty positive buzz, particularly for an Internet Explorer release.

Ed Bott at ZDNet calls it "the most ambitious browser release Microsoft has ever undertaken". Pretty strong words. 

The download even has its own special domain at BeautyoftheWeb.com

So what does IE9 do that is so great? 

It’s faster than IE8 and Firefox, but slower than Safari, Opera, and Chrome by some reports. It has a new system of warning about malicious downloads, and it give you warnings about when your add-ons are slowing down your performance. I could see this feature being either helpful or annoying. 

Microsoft’s whole angle for the browser is that its "putting sites at the center of the browsing experience", and it uses more of the computer to try and accomplish this. "Before IE9, browsers used perhaps 10% of the PC’s capability," says Microsoft’s Dean Hachamovitch. "IE9 has shown the clear performance benefits with full hardware-acceleration of webpages. Our approach in designing a site-centric web browsing experience also involves using everything available around the browser. We see all the pixels and code that people need for a significantly better browsing experience already there on the screen."

What IE9 Looks Like

Users can pin sites to the Windows 7 taskbar, like they would do with applications, creating a shortcut. What’s interesting about this is that sites can actually program "jump lists" for pinned sites, to make common tasks easier for users. They can program notifications when the user pins them in the task bar. How many sites actually take advantage of this remains to be seen. 

The thinking appears to be along the lines of replacing the browser with OS, almost the opposite of Google’s Chrome OS, which is more about replacing the OS with the browser. Interestingly enough, they both represent the continued merging of the two interfaces. 

IE9 also uses Aero snap functionality, which will be familiar to regular users of Windows 7. Users can snap to browser windows side by side for convenient double browsing. Tabs are draggable, in or outside of the current window (much like Chrome), and can be snapped. The address bar, called "the one box" is also fairly Chrome-like in that it also serves as a search feature. 

"The browser supports HTML5 and ‘other modern standards’," says Hachamovitch. "The people who build the web have better ideas for their customers than browsers have been able to deliver to date. With IE9 this situation starts to change. Websites can offer richer experiences because of fully hardware accelerated HTML5. Those richer experiences now blend comfortably and consistently into the consumer’s desktop experiences. The focus should be on the site, not on browsing and browsers."

You must have Windows 7 or Vista with SP2. It is not compatible with XP.

IE9 Now Available for Download
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  • http://waysofmakingextramoney.blogspot.com/ John

    I’m not going to trust it, MS IE has a bad reputation , May be after one year without complaints

    • Chris Crum

      Haha. Good luck with that. Nothing goes that long without ANY complaints. I imagine you’ll see quite a few today if you look hard enough.

    • http://gnampf.blogspot.com/ Kastenbrot

      Up to now it is still a beta and not a final version.

  • http://www.studiointeractive.net The Web Design Guy

    It’s very exciting that it’s getting such great buzz, but as with all MS products.. just like John said .. lets give it 6 months to a year.. and then we’ll see about updating! I hate that it doesn’t support xp… lots of my clients still have old computers.. and still use XP

  • Guest

    it is super fast. i downloaded it and used it. when i say fast i mean super super fast. wow!

  • http://www.eruptingmind.com/ Luke

    the idea of using more of the systems power to enhance webpages is a good idea, i especially like how the graphics card will be used in ie9 for smooth effects.

  • http://sitesbyjoe.com Joseph Taylor

    Good: Finally IE can render CSS3!
    Bad: No XP, WTF!!! Now I have to test IE 6, 7, 8 and 9!!!

  • http://www.vibrantscent.com Tim

    I have used IE for years untill lately and find myself using Firefox more and more. I too will stay away from it for a good while.

  • Suzy Kratz

    That’s good. Even I have downloaded it and used it. I’m quite satisfied with its performance.

  • Elli Betty

    Just downloaded it and surfing the net on it. It is better than in its previous versions in various areas.

  • http://www.zahrawy.net/forum/member.php?u=54841 Janine Brett

    This is excellent stuff i enjoyed reading about all this stuff. cheers

  • http://noxedge-reviews.com Tom Young

    I am just busy downloading it now. Has anyone noticed any bugs with it? I have noticed a few start up bugs since installing but I wonder if it could just be conflict with the other browsers I have installed?

    Owner of NOx Edge Review

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