Internet explorer 9 review

Internet explorer 9 or IE9 got an official updated to version 9.0 today. The sad thing is it can be run only on Windows 7 and not on XP.

IE9 primarily sets its focus on two new things – High levels of Standards Compliance and superior performance. Unlike IE8 which is seemed to have failed in terms of speed. IE9 is blazing fast, clean and super cool. Not just that, but this optimised edition comes with MSN as your default homepage and search engine to Bing.

Microsoft is championing improved speed and performance in the Internet Explorer 9 in a bid to shake IE’s reputation as a bloated beast.
Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) totally changes the way IE used to work. This browser is totally unforgiving when it comes to rendering web pages. So web pages has to be neatly coded in strict accordance with W3C standards in order to be rendered properly in Internet Explorer 9. It only means we will really have a beautiful web experience and neatly coded web applications going forward.

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Internet Explorer 9 is designed for HTML5 coding standards. IE9 mobile version will be launched to go in hand with the Windows 7 mobile soon this year which will also use much of the same rendering technology to ensure a consistent web experience for the users and programming experience for the coders.

1. It’s Screaming Fast

If you haven’t seen the demo that Microsoft has been using to show off the speed of IE9, then head over here to fiddle around with some digital tropical fish, and you’ll get an idea of the speed improvements to IE9.

2. It’s Strict HTML 5

Microsoft is getting behind HTML5 in a big way, so much so that there’s a collection of over 1,000 partner websites that show off the capabilities of HTML5, from the likes of National Rail, CNN, ESPN, Film Four and heaps more. To take a look at
the test sites, and push your new browser to the max, head here.

3. It uses your computers Graphics

IE9 is built to use the capabilities of your PC, meaning that it will lean on your PC’s GPU to prop up and speed up rendering of pages and make video nippier too.

4. It’s safer and more secure

An NSS labs report has found that when it comes to malware, IE9 blocks 95%. Add in Microsoft’s download manager (which automatically virus checks downloads) and that’s upped to 99%.

5. Page previews with audio playback

When you pin a website to your taskbar you’ll be able to hover over the pinned site, which will bring up a large thumbnail of the page, which in some cases will contain audio and playback controls. There isn’t any large streaming or music providers in the UK signed up to the service, but Microsoft says it is “working with a number of them right now”. At the moment you’ll be able to use the feature on some websites, but all it takes is a little bit of extra code from the developers to implement this feature.

Let’s welcome IE9 with great joy and share your experience with us.


  • IE still not compatible w/ Macintosh OSX. Firefox & Safari continue to rock!

  • It is indeed heartening to see the product listed right on top here
    Thanks for being an early adopter Larry………

  • That is an excellent point. Realtors & copywriters fall into this trap all the time as well.


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