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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Comes With Windows 7 Features

Internet Explorer 9Microsoft 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.

Microsoft said it “reimagined the role of the browser” by “rethinking the concept of fast.” It said Windows 7 offers fully hardware-accelerated graphics, text, video and audio, resulting in experiences that are “as fast and responsive as native applications installed on your computer.” The recently optimized JavaScript engine, Chakra, is utilized to take advantage of multiple CPU cores. SOURCE

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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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 12:57 am said...

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  2. I’ve never been an IE fan, Chrome is still my favorite out of IE, Opera, Firefox, Safari….

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 12:21 am said...

    @Shena, me neither.

    But I must admit IE has improved a lot and is still the most widely used browser out there (mainly because it comes with Windows). It’s also probably the fastest browser today.

    Safari is just plain boring and Opera has little plugin support (widgets). I would use Chrome as my main browser if it wasn’t incompatible with the Wordpress editor. So I’m stuck with bloated Firefox.

    Thanks for your comment. Cheers!

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  5. We’ve been using the beta version of internet explorer9 for months now, and we think that it’s great. The only problem we had with it was the fact that pages loaded a bit slowly, but with this redesigned browser, Microsoft has launched itself into the modern world of web browsing.

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  6. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new internet explorer.

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