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Let's Review: Internet Explorer 9
Neo7  posted on Sep 19, 2010 7:34:27 PM - Report post

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And also Adobe Flash Square (more on that later)
(Links at the bottom if you want to give it a test spin yourself).

In case you haven't noticed just yet, Microsoft has released the public beta for their next IE: Internet Explorer 9.

Most users: "I don't use that Internet Explorer crap"

Well maybe, IE has had an extensive history of being extremely subpar on a lot of things...but I like to give software a bit of a chance. I have been using this for 4 days now and I have a kind of feel for it. Here's my findings on it:

- The Speed
Internet Explorer's speed for loading and interacting in webpages have drastically improved by a lot. They have a new spiffy javascript engine and they are currently the only browser that uses hardware acceleration for both graphics and text (most beta browsers now have one or the other, but not both). This is rather handy if you use webpages that are heavy in animation. With use of Adobe Flash, videos play a lot smoother at higher resolutions.

While not the fastest in load and User Interfact, definitely a good step in the right direction.

- The Usage
One of the biggest things here is that Microsoft is finally conforming to internet standards. Rather shocking but they are implementing a lot of support for the current web standards of CSS 3 and HTML 5 as well as several other goodies. This is starting to make IE a little more competitive against current browsers though I'm not expecting anything good.

Many of the features feel slightly broken in the x64 bit edition (and I'm using that and I'll explain later below) for now. Windows 7 users will experience some fancy integration in that you can pin certain websites into the Windows 7 taskbar and have them act like a mini app for it. While working for some sites, not exactly stable right now and I've seen quiite a few crashes around it.

I cannot tell for certain that this current beta has Protected Mode on so if you're worried about security, stick to your current browser.

- The UI
From what I understand, this is a barebones kind of style for now and it is incomplete. They have attempted to get a sleeker UI to focus more on the webpage and somewhat resembles a cross between Google Chrome and Opera. Their are a huge lack of buttons and the taskbar looks really plain. It has an address bar for about 1/3 of the screen and then tabs to the right of it. Interesting design but not too sure about it.

The search bar has been fully integrated into the address bar much like Chrome as well. Has the tools menu bar and favorites button but that's pretty much it for now. Maybe more will be added in future betas.

- The x64 version / Adobe Flash Squared
Adobe has also released a special preview version of their next flash product which offers two special new features:
1. Additional hardware acceleration with IE9 Beta
2. Native support for x64 browsers

You can download the plugin for other browsers to use the x64 native support for firefox, opera, chrome, etc as well but not the same level of integration with IE9 (not that I've seen much difference).

What I can tell from the x64 is that it is more unstable than the x32 bit. Nothing much was gain due to this unstability though hopefully later versions will show the subtle gain.

- The Verdict
While a step in the right direction, this current beta version is just too incomplete for now though does look promising (and here's to hoping this bugginess won't be seen in RTM though I have a bad feeling about it).

Download and try for yourself
Internet Explorer Beta 1: Link
Notice: Requires Windows 7 or Windows Vista (SP2 with Platform Upgrade. No Windows XP Support!)

Adobe Flash Player Square Preview 1: Link

[Edited by moderator Neo7, 9/19/2010 7:35:22 PM]

iNTANGiBLE  posted on Sep 20, 2010 1:57:25 PM - Report post

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Well, I installed it and it kept crashing like hell...

[Edited by Hamadah, 9/20/2010 1:57:52 PM]

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