Internet Explorer nine is a next generation browser with loads of new features. However, is it really THAT different from Internet Explorer 8?
A few hours ago, Microsoft released its new browser : Internet Explorer 9
This is the browser that many, many people have been waiting for. Internet Explorer 8 was a slow, dull browser that people used only because they didn’t know that there were better browsers avaliable. I personally used Internet Explorer 8 because I didn’t want software cluttering up my PC. Internet Explorer 8 worked great for me, but was tremendously slow. Having used various browsers such as Safari 5 and Chrome 6 before, I was not very used to the speed of Internet Explorer 9 and found myself reading Great Expectations while waiting for pages to load. Now, I don’t have to read classic novels to pass the time while waiting for my webpages to load – they load like documents in a computer.
Internet Explorer 9 is much faster than its ancesters. When I say speed not only do I mean the web page loading speed, I also mean the browser responce speed. While test driving Internet Explorer 9, I noticed that webpages loaded 2 – 3 times quicker than they did when I was using Internet Explorer 8. The back button is much more responsive, which is a welcome change because when I was using Internet Explorer 8, when the back button was clicked it took 1-2 seconds to respond. Tabs load quicker and close quicker as well.
Internet Explorer 9 also has a revamped interface. The interface is noticeably cleaner than Internet Explorer 8. In fact, the interface is so clean that it can be compared to Google chrome. Gone are the hideous menu bars, in are the sleek buttons that take up way less space. When using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will find that the transparency effect is also an eye pleaser: not too flashy, not too dull. I have noticed that the forward and back buttons change color when you are viewing webpages using Internet Explorer 9 ’s awesome new “pinned sites” feature. With pinned sites, all you have to do is drag the tab that you would like to pin onto your Windows 7 taskbar. You will then be able to access the website directly via your desktop.
Thirdly, Internet Explorer 9 has hardware acceleration for text, graphics, and video. You will notice that online Flash, Java, and Shockwave games load much quicker in Internet Explorer 9 than they do in other browers. To test this yourself, head on to http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ and check out the performance tests that you can do for your browser.
Internet Explorer 9 is a huge improvement from Internet Explorer 8. If you’re still using IE8, get rid of it and download Internet Explorer 9 here : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie-9/home?os=win7&arch=a&browser=ie9
Here are some screenshots:
Above image via Wikipedia