Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta shines

, posted: 16-Sep-2010 18:24

I have been using the new Internet Explorer 9 beta today and have been very impressed so far. Bearing in mind it's just a beta and still likely some months away from final release it's reliability and responsiveness is excellent. IE 9 is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

With Internet Explorer 9's improved performance and standards support including HTML5 it seems to address most techical reasons why Windows users have often been using competing browsers. But it doesn't stop there - IE9 goes further by delivering impressive GPU assisted performance and 95/100 in the ACID3 browser test.

The Windows 7 style user interface in IE 9 is clean and uncluttered. It's great to see Microsoft delivering quality design across more and more products.

Other changes:
- The address bar now also acts as search window
- Support for 64-bit flash when running on 64-bit hardware (Adobe released their 64-bit flash beta today)
- A much faster JavaScript engine
- Pinning of Webpages to the Taskbar in Windows 7
- Web Open Font Format support
- Download reputation

Microsoft have published a bunch of sample pages that show offmany of IE9's new features including HTML 5 based demos that leverage your PCs graphics card GPU.

There are already lots of screenshots floating around the web. I'll upload some on mine shortly. I'll also add more to this blog entry as I've delved more into the features of this new browser.

You can download IE9 here from the Internet Explorer 9 download page:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/internet-explorer/download/ie-9/worldwide

 

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