Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Public Beta Out

Internet Explorer, or simply IE, has been suffering from an image problem for many years now and rightfully so. It’s slower, less safe, and less compatible compared to its competitions such as Firefox, Opera, and Chrome.

IE9 looks to change all that. You can test out the beta version right now.

Some of the noteworthy features are

  • Superior HTML5 support
  • Uses hardware acceleration – This means IE9 uses GPU to speed up the processing of in-browser graphics
  • Speedy - I can tell you it definitely feels snappier vs IE8
  • Simple, Chrome/Opera style UI - Firefox is the only browser left with the traditional fat menu bar at the top

Plus

  • Pinned Sites – With Pinned Sites, a user’s favorite websites can be accessed directly from the Windows Taskbar without having to first open the browser, making it quick and easy for users to get to the content they care about. The site’s branding comes through both in the icon and in the site colors in the navigation buttons.
  • JumpLists – JumpLists offer a quick and easy way to get to a common website task without having to first launch the browser. For Pinned Sites where developers have created JumpList capabilities, users can quickly create a new e-mail message, check their inbox, change the music station, accept a friend invitation or see breaking news. The possibilities are endless.
  • Tear-off tabs and Windows Aero Snap tabs – Users often need to use more than one website or page to accomplish a task. Tearing off a tab by dragging it away from the browser and using Windows Aero Snap enable users to show two sites or pages side by side. Users can compare products from different websites, watch a video while reading e-mail, or look at a map while reading an itinerary for a trip. To tear off a tab and snap it, the user simply clicks a tab and drags it to the edge of the screen. Content on the site is rendered continuously, and videos continue to play when snapping a window in place, providing a fluid experience just like a native application.

You can find out more and test out its power here. You can try fun demos etc.

I never use IE unless I have to, but I look forward to this one. It is still in beta so you may find some bugs and compatibility issues. For example, I couldn’t write this article using TinyMCE in WordPress. The buttons wouldn’t work. But do test it out.

*UPDATE: There is a bug with IE9 Beta that causes Windows gadgets to disappear when ‘show desktop’ button is pressed in Windows 7 and possibly in Vista. Uninstalling IE9 will solve this issue if it is an issue for you. This was driving me crazy and I couldn’t find the answer to why it was happening. IE9 Beta will have to go as I use the ‘show desktop’ button frequently to see gadgets hiding behind my open windows. Thanks goes to Sevenforums for the answer. (http://www.sevenforums.com/gadgets/112259-gadgets-disappearing.html)

*How to Uninstall: If you wish to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 Beta, you have to open up the Windows update list because IE9 installs as a Windows update rather than a stand-alone program.

  1. Click Windows (or Start) button.
  2. Type “view installed updates” without quotation marks and click or enter to open the top result.
  3. You’ll find “Windows Internet Explorer 9″ in the list.
  4. Select and click uninstall button to remove IE9.
  5. You’ll have your IE8 back.

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3 Comments

  1. College papers says:

    I don’t use IE anymore.Switched to chrome but i’ll definitely try IE8 now that I’ve heard much about it!

  2. Catherine Lee, Canada says:

    The only reason IE is installed in my computer is because it comes with Windows. I have given up on IE besides, Firefox and Chrome are also tinkering with the same features and improvements.

    • KVNPark says:

      While it’s true that Firefox, Chrome, and (don’t forget) Opera are all working on similar features as well, there’s no reason to “give up” on a browser. You should upgrade you IE8 anyways when IE9 comes out. Just see if you like it.

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