A Full Review on Internet Explorer 9
There is absolutely no doubt about the tremendous effort being put in the development of IE9 by Microsoft, the release of four public platform previews over the past six months is the living proof for that. But can we expect a tremendous improvement over the past IE releases for IE9? That’s what we are going to find out in this review.
Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 9, is here.
Microsoft has finally unveiled IE9, they kept it as a military-class secret until a while when some screenshot’s were leaked, now with the launch of its first public beta. Following the latest fashion in user-interface (Google Chrome, Firefox 4 beta, Opera etc) of modern browsers, IE9’s minimalist approach definitely makes it a member in the modern browsers club.
Graphics Cards finally gets a job with IE9 on Windows 7
Hello Graphics, bye bye booring links.
“The Web is about sites, and your browser should be, too.”, saying that, they introduced you a more beautiful web experience – IE9 beta. At the “Beauty of the Web” event in San Francisco, the most highlighting feature of IE9 has been the hardware acceleration.
According to Microsoft all the web browsers till now have only been using a fraction of the power of your PC (CPU) and thus your favourite interactive online app never performed as good as a native app performs. Taking that into consideration, IE9 team has designed the browser so that it uses your PC’s Graphics Card to render graphics, text and video.
This, though can be a problem for laptops since Graphics Cards can consume more battery.
Let’s focus on the Website
Minimalistic UI, in IE9
The new clean interface in IE9 is great but placing tabs to the right of address bar is really bad idea, if you tend to open lots of tab then you will be knowing what we talking about – specially when it doesn’t let you move tabs above or below address bar at all.
With IE9 Microsoft wants the site to be focused instead of the web browser itself and thus IE9 has a very clean interface, exactly what other browsers were aiming from past 5 years.
Another noticeable difference between older IE’s and IE9 is that there is no titlebar as found in previous IE releases and it’s again because the big brother believes that the website should be in the focus and not the web browser. “IE9 simply fades into the background so your site shines – no distraction”!
With IE9 every site becomes like a native app as you can pin sites directly to the Windows 7 taskbar and they become a part of your other real apps. And the coolest feature is that your pinned sites can have thumbnail previews.
Oh yah, IE9 detect’s color of the icon from a site and dress up to match it, smart and beautiful - a rare match! IE9 is fully integrated with Windows 7’s Aero Snap feature.
Ah and! One more thing, IE9 has integrated with JumpList in Windows 7, giving you special options when you pin some particular sites like Twitter or Bing, see the screeny above!
HTML 5 is the future! …Yes it is Microsoft, where were you before?
IE9 supports hardware acceleration, standard complaint features based on HTML 5, CSS3, SVG 11, ES5 and more. These features are just enough for developers to create web experiences as amazing as there imaginations. Just look at “The Beauty of the Web“.
What we don’t understand is why GeoLocation API’s still don’t work, not even the Socket API’s. If Microsoft wanna do HTML5 – do it full, or don’t do at all. It’s a BETA so we can’t say for sure if it will be same when its final, hopefully not.
Reliability, performance and more
IE9 is reliable with isolated tabs, you can play video, HTML5 animation, anything – and you can still use Aero Snap without any lag as the rendering in IE9 is backed up by hardware acceleration. In IE8 you felt several times that it has become slower and crashes, and were never able to find the root cause. Well, 75% of the crashes are because of add-ons, IE9 notification system just tells you in time the cause of slowdown. For example, it tells you which ad on is slowing down your browser and how much time they delay your browser from starting.
OneBox in IE9, similar to Omnibox in Chrome.
Most of you know the Omnibox of Google Chrome, here in IE9 its called “One Box”, which has the same features as Omnibox but OneBox is bit more respectful towards your privacy than Omnibox. By default, OneBox doesn’t show you result from any search providers/services but you can enable them manually.
What about the Downloads?
Download Manager in IE9, clean and simple.
Yes IE9 has a real Download Manger, finally. The new Download Manager lets you know what you’ve recently downloaded as well as see the progress of a current download, ofcource.
If we talk about protection, while most of the other browsers warn you about a malicious file after downloading some file (or virus), IE9’s SmartScreen Filter just warns you before downloading, isn’t that fantastic?
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