For some time now, we have been choosing Firefox or Google Chrome or other alternative web browsers from Internet Explorer because Microsoft was not delivering as well as others web browsers. Now Internet Explorer 9 Beta – which by the way is available now for download – is delivering and solving a lot of the issues.
It seems that Microsoft has been listening to users feedbacks and paying attention to the competition (Firefox and Chrome). With Windows Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft is back in the game of web browsers.
New User Interface or UI
- Enlargement of the back button for easier access.
- The address bar and the search box have been combined into the new One Box. Because a lot of people don’t like to share their keystrokes, there is an option to disable suggestions when typing in One Box.
- The viewable space has been optimized to provide maximum visibility of the website.
- Tear-off tabs let you easily snap pages out of the main window using Windows Aero Snap. The other choice you have is to grab a tab down to your Windows 7 taskbar to pin the page; next time you launch the page it will feel like a Windows application.
- New empty tab. When you create a new tab, IE9 will display the most visited websites.
- The file menu was removed, but you will find 3 buttons left: Home, Favorites, and Tools.
- Another design feature that is worth to mention is when you launch a pinned page, now IE9 change the buttons colors to match the color theme of the website along with an icon of the website to the left of the buttons and also you can notice that when you launch a pinned page the home button will disappear.
Hardware accelerated graphics and text
Clean browser user interface
Simplicity should be the name of the new user interface, because is it not clutter anymore, it brings focus to the websites’ content, and by default you only have the essentials tools for browsing.
With the new pinned sites, you can access your websites right from the Windows taskbar without open the web browser. There are sites that are full featured web application and they have their own navigation, site search, and notification of new content that you depend on, rather than using browsing controls. By pinning a site, the site – not the browser – is at the center of the experience.
Beyond the ability to pin any website to the taskbar, IE9 also provides an intergrated Windows navigation experience with websites that support Jump List and thumbnail preview controls in the taskbar.
New Tap page
The new tap page has been revamped to beautifully display the most visited websites.
Each site’s icon and primary color are used on the New Tab page to help you identify sites more easely. Also, a site indicator shows if the site is visited often or not. From the New Tap you can also reopen closed tabs.
Tear-off tabs and Windows Aero snap
You now have the ability to snap off a page, pin it down on the Windows taskbar, compare websites side by side, etc. This will be an enhancement of snap in Chrome.
To tear-off a tap just click a tab and drag.
The address bar and the search box have been combined into the new One Box. Because a lot of people don’t like to share their keystrokes there is an option to disable suggestions when typing in One Box.
The notification bar was re-designed and re-position to the bottom of the browser. And now messages are easier to understand and respond to.
Add-on Performance Advisor
Downloads and add-ons management.
Internet Explorer 9 can control the files that you download so they don’t ruin your browsing performance.
There is a new download manager, very much like Firefox download manager, that also provides you with the status of downloads, a secure area for download files, and the final location where downloads are stored.
There is an extensive support for HTML5, SVG, CSS3, ECMAScript5, and DOM that provides a new set of compatibilities that will help developers to code once and know that it will work in all modern broswers.
F12 Developer Tools
To wrap things up
IE9 feels really stable even though it is still in the beta stage. Windows Internet Explorer 9 is showing a lot of promises, a lot of improvement comes in the speed, the re-design is beautiful, and the new technology behind it is pretty great. I just hope that with all these new modern browsers coming out, we get to the point that no matter which web browser we use, all the information will be display in the same way and not to have to re-code a website for every web browser.
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