Internet Explorer 9 Beta is Launched

On Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, Microsoft released “The Beauty of the Web”, otherwise known as Internet Explorer 9 beta. The download is available here in both 32 and 64 bit versions. The rather obscure reference to beauty must be referring to IE9s use of HTML 5 and CSS 3 support because it’s new interface didn’t elicit any gasps from me.

You can bet Microsoft is pushing to regain some of the ground recently lost to the likes of Mozilla, and Chrome.

New Features

1. Websites can be pinned to the taskbar, like applications.

2. New minimalist interface.

3. Support for HTML 5 and CSS 3.

4. Increased hardware acceleration.

5. Monitoring of Add/Ons to pinpoint which are slowing the launch of the browser.

6. Download manager which warns of potentially malicious code.

This launch is set to feature sites optimized for use with IE 9 Beta.

Provided there are no major glitches, I’m sure IE9 will settle into place without fanfare or interruption of IE’s ever dwindling market share. I don’t believe this is going to swing me or anyone else from using the increasingly popular Google Chrome browser.

This website is certainly excellent, beautiful and exciting but the browser isn’t doing anything for me.

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2 thoughts on “Internet Explorer 9 Beta is Launched

  1. Typical PC world to bash MS, not that they don’t deserve it sometimes but PCW tends to get off on it. My first impression of IE9 is great! I have noticed some glitches including not being able to connect with my router via IP 192.168.1.1, typing the same address in Chrome yeilded a quick response. Also IE is the only browser that displays MS Exchange, Outlook web access properly. Try it, you’ll like it!

  2. Well all I can say is that after 20 minutes of use, Internet Explorer has become my default browser for the first time since Mozilla Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox 0.7. The sad truth is that I don’t miss FF’s slow start up, or worse, it’s fuzzy fonts and less than great hardware acceleration. I’ve been using the betas lately and eh… IE9 works much better; faster, smoother, and taskbar pinning are things that push FF to the back. Chrome is a toy browser, and Opera… well, it isn’t bad… just not one that i care for.

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