Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Comes With Windows 7 Features
Microsoft will release version 9 of Internet Explorer web browser this evening. It is the first major upgrade since 2009.
The company said IE9 offers “performance improvements” and a safer browsing experience, made possible in part by drawing on capabilities from Windows 7. The newest IE does not support Windows XP, which some surveys estimate is still the OS version on more than 60 percent of all Windows machines. It does offer extensive support for HTML5, Scalable Vector Graphics, Cascading Style Sheets Level 3, ECMAScript 5, and DOM.
Taking it’s cue from other browsers, IE9 will now sport a cleaner look to let web sites “shine”, with a simplified user interface utilizing less browser real estate.
“Pinned Sites” can be accessed directly from the Windows 7 taskbar, without having to open the browser. JumpList will allow a website task to be accessed providing that the site developer implemented it.
There’s also Aero Snap, for positioning two sites side by side in separate windows and built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies .. such as Tracking Protection to limit communications to nosy web sites.
“Hang recovery” will isolate a hungover tab so that the other tabs and browser will continue to operate (kinda like Chrome already does).
Because Active X poses a security risk, IE 9 will allow you to block Active X for all sites, and then selectively turn them back on.
*A word of advice: Wait at least until version 9.1 is released. Fingers crossed (you know what I mean).
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