Internet Explorer 9 has been released in beta testing mode, according to the Washington Post. It’s about time, say many analysts, as Internet Explorer has been woefully short on security and runs much slower than other browsers such as Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox. Many of the new designs mimic the sleek styling of other browsers that have taken a bite out of Microsoft’s corner on the operating system market. Instead of big and bulky looking windows, it now looks like a toned-down version for users who already are web-savvy. You can download the new version in less than 10 minutes from the Microsoft website.
Having been around the Internet for the past 20 or so years, I’ve become used to certain things and know how a basic browser works. I was always annoyed by those huge icons at the top of my Internet Explorer browser that would proclaim “Stop” or “Forward” in big huge letters. I could barely get a handle on my web address that I had typed in because it got lost beneath the icons.
Now it seems that Microsoft has learned something from its competition. I’ve been using Google Chrome for over a year now and I love it. Now Microsoft has given me something new to look at with Internet Explorer 9. It certainly has the look and feel of Chrome.
Gone are the huge icons. Navigating is much like Chrome in that you have smaller buttons on which you can click. Forward, back, and searching is for those who are already used to the Internet.
One major difference is that the tabs for open browser windows appear next to the web address instead of above it like for Firefox and Chrome. Microsoft had to do something different and it works. On Chrome I liked the placement of multiple windows so I could quickly skim through whichever one I needed. It’s going to take some getting used to for me to get on board for Internet Explorer 9 and its layout.
It also mimics Chrome when it has an opening that shows you the most-visited websites that are clickable. Once you get past the new controls, the new web browser is fairly simple to use.
The new security and speed with which you can fly through websites is a joy to behold, finally, from a Windows product. In order to get the full effect of Internet Explorer 9, you’ll need to update to Windows 7. If the rest of the web programmers eventually catch up, then the snafus will be less and less.
Some things that I’ve noticed that didn’t run well for me were passwords. Sometimes I had trouble getting into secure sites that were password-protected, such as online banking. Perhaps my small-town bank needs an upgrade to catch up. Microsoft now has to convince Google junkies to get the new Internet Explorer. Good luck with that.
The Washington Post and Microsoft provided information for this article.