Yesterday March 14th at SXSW Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 9, their new flagship web browser. It represents a major departure from IE 8. Microsoft claim its the best browser to use on Windows because their rivals have to ‘dilute’ their energies to other operating systems. Whereas IE 9 is 100% designed for Windows only. Incidentally its not available on Windows XP. IE 9 makes use of a faster javascript engine called Chakra, it takes advantage of modern multi-core CPUs. It also supports HTML5 video and audio tags. IE 9 also blocks significantly more Malware downloads than iE 8 and features an improved security enabled download manager.

Of the more notable new features are the UI enhancements. You’ll notice immediately that you’ve got much more screen real estate within the browser itself. We physically see more of the Internet. Thats because Microsoft have seriously paired down the top task bar menu bars and its a welcome edition to improve our web browsing experience. Pressing the alt key will tab the file and edit control menu bar at the top on and off. The UI is much more in keeping with Windows 7 and more closely matches the Aero interface. Pinned sites allows you to literally drag a URL from the Address Bar and pin a website to the task bar, which creates a shortcut. You can then return to said site with one simple click.

You now have enhanced tabs and a new tab page – The new tab page can show most visited sites, and tabs are shown next to the address bar. Similarly to Chrome you now access a list of your most frequently visited sites by clicking on the new tab button. Bing search is built right into the top of the browser, a great new addition. Its my opinion that surfing the web in Windows 7 is a far more productive and visually appealing experience than in OS X or Linux thanks to the addition of existing features like snapping and full screen browsing. Now with IE 9’s additional enhancements the appeal has increased further. It’s a nice clean look and feel and offers us more visibility of the Web itself. Also the benchmarks don’t lie, this is the fastest browser available for Windows, so it might be finally time to make the switch back from Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and others. Visit the link below to test drive IE 9 today.

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

Watch our Review video of Internet Explorer 9 below.

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8 thoughts on “Internet Explorer 9 Reviewed

  1. Kinda sucks… i just downloaded it and the text is blurry like safari… nothing special… Chrome and Firefox STILL FTW

  2. I Think IE 9 is ok for downloading things because i like the run feature. Other than that it is still slow on older computers and crashes alot. I am going to stick with Google Chrome. If you were wondering i used to use Firefox on a 400mhz computer then google chrome came out then that’s when i converted to google chrome. I will NEVER go back to IE or Firefox! Anyway good review and clip.

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  3. I actually thought that it was not bad. I really liked the new notifications pop up thing. It was non-intrusive and didn’t show up in another window. One thing that people forget, is that ie9 is meant for window 7 computers. The full screen mode is pretty nice though which is comparable to that of firefox.

    The strange thing is that when I use ie9 to go here -> http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/firework/index.html the audio works fine, but graphics sucked. However when i use chrome, graphics is perfect, but audio sucks…. and firefox doesn’t even load it… dunno if it is only my computer though.

  4. I’ve already used IE9 since the Platform Preview. It’s been great actually. I’ve run benchmarks during the Beta run and it almost beat Firefox and It did achieve a higher score than IE8 which I was expecting. Then again, browsers performance may vary by Hardware and Javascript Performance. IE9 will not replace it as my main browser, but its a good alternative to use.

    For people saying “Ah, its slow” or “I can’t run this in XP”
    #1: You either have a slow connection or bad computer. Or never even tried it.
    #2: Microsoft wouldn’t waste their time to re-code IE9 for XP. Its outdated already.

  5. Its nice, works well, much better than IE8. But it look like Microsoft has done it again and stole from Google. It looks like a acts like Chrome with only 1 new feature that I can find. (dragging to the task bar)

    And the fact that Bing was gotten caught stealing Google search results, just make me feel that they done it again with Google chrome. http://www.reelseo.com/google-accuses-bing/

    Now don’t get me wrong i’m not a fan boy, in fact I’m more than a bit scary of how much information google as on me and would love to move a few things away from them but not a for a ripe off or something that doesn’t work as well. (hotmail – gmail) hands down more spam also changing your main email address is hard 😀

  6. Its nice, works well, much better than IE8. But it look like Microsoft has done it again and stole from Google. It looks like a acts like Chrome with only 1 new feature that I can find. (dragging to the task bar)

    And the fact that Bing was gotten caught stealing Google search results, just make me feel that they done it again with Google chrome. http://www.reelseo.com/google-accuses-bing/

    Now don’t get me wrong i’m not a fan boy, in fact I’m more than a bit scary of how much information google as on me and would love to move a few things away from them but not a for a ripe off or something that doesn’t work as well. (hotmail – gmail) hands down more spam also changing your main email address is hard 😀

  7. I haven’t used IE in years, but the IE9 looks great. Sure, they took hints from Chrome, but that’s a good thing. Chrome is still my browser of choice, but I now have IE9 on deck instead of Firefox – something that I never thought I’d say, either about Chrome or IE. lol

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