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Internet Explorer 9 Beta

What do you think of IE9?   22 votes

  1. 1. Dow you like the new Internet Explorer 9?

    • Yes
      9
    • No
      5
    • I'm on Mac or Linux and can't use it, oh well!
      3
    • I'm going to wait for the final version...
      5

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I'm not really the best person to write about this since I'm running Mac (and currently don't have my virtual boxes running). But I did want to open up discussion on the new IE9 and get your opinions on it. [nerd]

Some new features of IE9 worth mentioning

  • Pinned sites - easily add sites to a list that automatically loads when the browser is opened. This has been available in other browsers but IE9 gives the users the ability to simply drag the sites to the bar instead of going into the browser settings. You don't have to have any special knowledge to do this.
  • Cleaner, one box layout - looks allot like Chrome, shows more of the page without scrolling and is more minimalistic.
  • Functionality of tabs - New tab bar shows frequently visited sites and you now have the ability to kill a specific tab in the task manager if it starts to hang.
  • Download manager - Engaget said it best... "Finally", Microsoft should have added this a long time ago.
  • Add-on Performance Advisor - A tool used for showing you what browser add-ons and toolbars are slowing down your browsing experience. It shows you how much extra time each toolbar takes to load, etc.

About the Performance - Internet Explorer 9 doesn't seem to be all that much better from the research that I've done. It is better than previous versions of IE but in my opinion Microsoft is just playing catch up with Google Chrome and Firefox by adding features that have been standard in those browsers for a long time. IE9 does however employ hardware acceleration. At this time it's a moot point. Since most sites out there that would benefit from such technology are written in flash... and flash already employs GPU acceleration. In the future however, when more sites are HTML 5 this will be a major selling point. But by then the other major browsers will undoubtedly have this built in. According to the performance reviews that I've read Chrome and Firefox still out perform the new IE9, with Chrome a little on top of Firefox. IE9 is a major improvement on IE8 though... but that's like saying, "Ice cream tastes better than dog poop." :uglystupid2: -- IE8 is way behind the times and pretty much anything is an improvement.

Get IE9 Beta - If you'd like to test drive the Internet Explorer 9 beta visit http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ (Direct Link to get the IE9 Beta)

More in depth information - Engaget has a nice review of IE9 (Visit the Engaget IE9 review)

It looks allot cleaner and quicker. It also looks to me that Microsoft has addressed many issues that were plaguing users in IE8. It should also be noted that IE9 will not be supported on Windows XP, but is that really a surprise to anyone since Microsoft announced that XP is no longer being updated.

Has anyone had a chance to test drive the new version of Internet Explorer? What are your first impressions and opinions on the newest version of Internet Explorer?

Even if I was on Windows I'd still use a different browser, call it personal preference or maybe it's just because I like things that are fast (lol). The fact that Microsoft doesn't even offer their browser for Mac users pisses me off. Apple offers Safari for Windows users... COME ON MS! :wtf:

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can i get that with linux...i don't want it...just wondering

No. Microsoft doesn't play well with others... greedy mofos.

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Might have to give this a try and see if it compares to Google Chrome.

Let us know your thoughts in this thread after you give it a try. Some people may find it useful.

Good to see you reno... you're considered one of the original TMN members :)

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I'll have to update to the latest SP for XP in VM and check it out sometime.

IE9 is Vista and Win7 only so updating XP won't work. And if you wanted to try the IE10 preview you would have to update to Win7 as that will only work on Win7 and Win8.

It's about time. Microsoft is finally starting to ditch the older OS's.

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For the first time ever, Internet Explorer is the fast browser on my computer. Every now and then, I go and run a few sunspider tests and depending on the scores, and also any new features for each browser, I decide to switch. Here's my Latest results:

IE

332.5ms

333.0ms

Firefox (Beta Channel)

359.7ms

352.1ms

Chrome (Beta Channel)

378.3ms

376.1ms

Opera

367.4ms

366.6ms

Safari

376.4ms

375.5ms

Usually, Chrome is the fastest and IE is the slowest but somehow IE is the fastest and Chrome is the slowest. Is that a pig I just saw fly by my window? Anyway...these sunspider results aren't completely real world. Chrome IMO still is the fastest due to having multiple processes, a feature that was supposed to be coming to Firefox but hasn't materialized yet (although they did give the flash plugin it's own process I think so at least that won't crash the whole browser). Still though, mutiple processes between windows will be needed to get the fastest end user speed. I've been using chrome since 2008, and maybe switch back to FF for a month or two since then. What do you guys think?

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I have had it for a while now and personally I don't care for it. I am a bit old fasdhioned and think if it isn't broke, don't fix it and while I do believe they went the right direction with some things, I don't see why they had to move everything around. I don't like the search box, address bar combination or that they moved the favorites menu and I liked the tab system IE8 and 7 way better than this one but hey thats just my 2 cents worth. As far as performance, I can't really tell any differance and with satellite Safari is more often the more trustworthy browser for me. While it might load as fast as IE, it will load pages right that IE won't. Oh and I also like Safari's most frequently visited sights set up. I could easily be a Mac convert if they didn't charge 3 times as much for their stuff and Hughesnet better supported them.

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It's about time. Microsoft is finally starting to ditch the older OS's.

The thing is they want people on the NEWEST OS's where they have the MOST CONTROL to monitor and watch people...

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The thing is they want people on the NEWEST OS's where they have the MOST CONTROL to monitor and watch people...

Love it lol You fit into a group that thinks past the pretties.

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I use IE9 but I can take it or leave it. Especially " Your browser can only show secure content" Its in a little yellow bar at the bottom of the page. I have yet to find a way to turn it off. I like IE7 or 8 better. But Google complains if you do not use the most current browser.

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I use IE9 but I can take it or leave it. Especially " Your browser can only show secure content" Its in a little yellow bar at the bottom of the page. I have yet to find a way to turn it off. I like IE7 or 8 better. But Google complains if you do not use the most current browser.

Let them complain, gonna be on IE7 for some time it appears. I never liked IE8. Hope IE9 eventually improves.

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Not sure how this got bumped, but IE9 seems smooth to me. I'll stick to it. And thankfully never had to put up with IE8. :thumbsup:

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Not sure how this got bumped, but IE9 seems smooth to me. I'll stick to it. And thankfully never had to put up with IE8. :thumbsup:

IPB has a feature called " poll bump " , which bumps the topic when someone votes in the attached poll.

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