The 10 Best New Features In Internet Explorer 9

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muttley9

Nice upgrade. But until they allow a good ad blocking promgram FOR FREE like Adblock Plus, I will only use Firefox as my browser of choice. Why? Fornicate commercials.

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erniemink

I have tried ALL browers, and still love Internet Explorer. It is the most secure and up-to-date browser in those regards regardless of what people say. If you are going to use Windows, which is Microsoft, then you should also stay with the same browser as what is on your computer and keep it up-to-date. Don't use beta versions until it is released as a final version. THEN upgrade to it when Windows update has it included. It is simple as that. To "Mteerie" above, I am sure it crashed or you had problems with the BETA versions because that is what BETAs are for and this is why you report those problems. I can tell you I had way more problems with all versions of Firefox and Opera and would NEVER use any other browser and operating system. Sometimes it is just a matter of realizing that some companies are NOT keeping up with the standards that Microsoft makes and has made in the past and is doing today even with IE 9. Ignorance is bliss man.

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ferariman

there is no reason to get excited about IE9. There are many features taken from other browsers(cough cough Chrome)Firefox is doing the same but with more followers. at least fire fox is trying...

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Ledoubleu

Double post. crazy interweb thingies.

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Ledoubleu

I tried IE9 RC a pretty long while ago. At that time it was locking up on my W7 64bit machine. However I was also having driver issues with my Nvidia card at the time so maybe a combination of problems took it down. I've seen some other posts claiming the Gold version has locked their 64bit systems but since I have a different make card now that is stable in my machine with updated drivers it's definitely worth a try. I use chrome also but I am still (rightfully or otherwise) paranoid of Googles' reach into my living room.

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LatiosXT

Speed speed speed. That's all I see anyone seem to care about these days. And in the end I'm like "Why does it freagin' matter who's faster?" Oh, so Chrome is .25 seconds faster than the slowest browser? Big freakin' whoop when the rendering time of the page is a smidge of how long it takes to download it.

Compatibility? What websites do you go to? All of the ones I go to or use ensure that 99% of the wold can use it. If you can't make your website fallback down to most of the world, you're doing it wrong. Unless you expect your users to conform to your ways of design, then I see no reason to use your website. Standards compliance is weight low on my list of "Browsers I care about" because nobody's going to jump on the HTML 5 bandwagon over night. Look at games. How many DirectX 11 games (That actually use most of its features) are being made versus DirectX 9?

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LatiosXT

Speed speed speed. That's all I see anyone seem to care about these days. And in the end I'm like "Why does it freagin' matter who's faster?" Oh, so Chrome is .25 seconds faster than the slowest browser? Big freakin' whoop when the rendering time of the page is a smidge of how long it takes to download it.

Compatibility? What websites do you go to? All of the ones I go to or use ensure that 99% of the wold can use it. If you can't make your website fallback down to most of the world, you're doing it wrong. Unless you expect your users to conform to your ways of design, then I see no reason to use your website. Standards compliance is weight low on my list of "Browsers I care about" because nobody's going to jump on the HTML 5 bandwagon over night. Look at games. How many DirectX 11 games (That actually use most of its features) are being made versus DirectX 9?

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mteerie

Features are the last thing Microsoft should be focusing on...unless by 'features' you mean 'compatibility with well-established standards'.

 

I was excited about IE9, hoping that GPU acceleration could take it ahead of the pack in terms of speed and immersion.  

Speed?

Not so much.  Chrome still wins that battle.

Tab isolation?

I have had IE9 crash a multitude of times in mere hours of testing.  Usual browsing, too- nothing rough  (Last.fm crashes after login, Google docs same, the list goes on).  In all of these cases, the browser itself crashed in its entirety.  And before you flame on, I have a super-stable system, at last uptime check it was at 22 days.  22 days ago, IE9 locked my system while editing a GDocs spreadsheet.

Features?

I've seen what IE's feature extensibility hath wrought upon the unsuspecting flock of new PC users in the past.  It ain't pretty.  ActiveX hacks, phantom toolbars, proprietary plugins, etc.  Drop the hype, face the facts.

 

Compatibility?

Mega fail.  CSS positioning breaks on many, many standards-compliant sites.  As well, login sessions don't always stick, etc.  

 

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And I really really really hope that Microsoft doesn't expect coders to keep doubling UI development time just to account for one poopy, proprietary little browser by a company that should stick to their strongest suit, OS development.

 

Seriously, in an age when VC++ apps can be ported to Linux/Mac in a matter of days, HOW HARD IS IT TO GET HTML RENDERING RIGHT?

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big_montana

22 days ago IE 9 was still RC1. Try DL the Gold version and testing with that before posting you critique of a product that was not released as final product. Unless, you just like basing anything MS. I am not an IE fan myself, but still try comparing apples to apples before you unleash the hounds.

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someuid

The only way I would consider trying out IE9 is if it (1) had something really cool and/or useful that (2) could only be found in IE (not Chrome, not FF, not Opera, etc.)

Until then, I'm not interested in software that is always playing catchup with the rest of the industry.

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Roll Tide

Yeah but does it work? Well as I have found out, when it loads pages it loads fast but then again when it doesnt load pages it blames it on your network connection. Something tells me IE9 is still not finished yet and wont be until a update comes out for it. So far it's like Chrome just a little more shiny and a little more unfinished.

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COMMANDER_COOK

IE8 has tab isolation, at least to an extent. I see two processes for each tab open in 8.

SmartScreen filter also is nothing new, although it is probably improved.

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