Internet Explorer 9 beta now available, brings radical overhaul

By Matthew
Sep 15, 2010
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  1. Microsoft's had a tough decade in the browser space, plummeting from a daunting 90%+ market share in 2003 to a still commanding, but decaying ~60% that is largely comprised of corporations and clueless home users. The company hopes to halt that rapid descent and once again become a relevant player with Internet Explorer 9, which entered public beta today and can be downloaded below.

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  2. Great...crashes on startup...guess it has a hard time loading my home page...google.com...way to go Microsoft, another award winning browsing experience
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,443   +268

    Compared to older IE versions it seems super snappy, kind of feels like Chrome but it's still beta and it just crashed for me as well. On the upside, rather than showing the annoying loading bar after crashing, it recovered and loaded all my tabs again in about a second, not bad.

    Font rendering is a bit weird but that's because of GPU acceleration, Firefox 4 beta has the exactly same behaviour because of that feature.
  4. kyosuke

    kyosuke Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    @Techspot-Writers: can we not mention Vista anymore just XP and Windows 7.

    As it is now Vista is the middle child that will forever be ignored, neglected and will turn goth or emo. Where XP is the oldest who married somebody Microsoft didn't approve of so they "disowned" XP and Windows 7 is the youngest that get's all the love and attention.
  5. Have you ever thought of just throwing the baby out with the bath water?
  6. fwilliams

    fwilliams Newcomer, in training Posts: 97

    Even if it is almost as good as the other browsers now, the other browsers are continuously getting better. IE9 will start and stay where the others are now and will be out of date in 6 months.
  7. Just downloaded and installed IE9. I love it. Goodbye Firefox.
  8. Dont tell me there isn't a version for XP of this?
  9. anguis

    anguis Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    no XP support? will never use IE9 because of that. not going to swap between browsers when im on a different OS (laptop has XP, desktop triboots with XP, 7, and linux). No linux support on IE9 either. Firefox remains supreme.
    Not to mention, fwilliams is exactly right. Firefox will just continually 1up IE.
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,197   +555

    I like having no space for tabs. That's the most ingenious thought-process ever...
  11. Ok. The simplicty is amazing, I like it much more than Chrome. But what about the tabs right next to the address bar? That's just plain stupid. Come on MS, you can do better than that.

    Firefox and Chrome still remain king and prince, respectively.
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,197   +555

    In addition, there's still a lot of wasted space above the address bar and tabs. Could put the buttons into a single one, and move to the left, making the vertical size even smaller.
  13. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,905   +115 Staff Member

    If it will not be released for XP I wont be surprised, Windows 2000 never got IE7, even tho it was not EOL at the time it was released

    As for this beta release, does it install side by side with IE8 or does it overwrite it?
     
  14. daz80

    daz80 Newcomer, in training

    How can i fix the Text / Font? Its kinda blurry..
  15. If they cannot bother with XP users, will not bother with this crashware and value the alternatives even more since they do not take users for granted.
  16. Anyone know how i uninstall IE9? Gave it a try and i seem to have the buggiest version on the internet. After i installed it, my All CPU Meter gadget no longer works. I just have a black box.
    My PC keeps freezing up and IE9 doesnt appear as a program in CCleaner or All Programs in Control panel.

    Thanks
  17. Phraun

    Phraun Newcomer, in training Posts: 34

    It was fairly snappy, and I was amiable to using it-- until I tried to download the 64-bit flash preview release, at which point IE9 stated that my security settings would not allow the download... Even though they're dropped into the ground with protected mode disabled. At that point, I re-opened Chrome.

    Also, who was the genius that decided to put the tabs and URL dialog on the same bar?
  18. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    Add-Ons?

    Does this version allow Ad On's? Without Adblock you might as well open your door and say come on in viruses. How anyone can stand to view the web without adblock anyways is beyond me. When will Microsoft get that? ADD-ONs Addons!!
  19. LightHeart

    LightHeart Newcomer, in training Posts: 155

    I don't like it and have uninstalled it. To uninstall: Control Panel - Uninstall a program - View Installed Updates - Find IE 9 and uninstall.

    It crashed several times, some pages would not open at all, no space for the many tabs I use, only slightly faster than FF 3.6.9., bad UI with no option to change. I will check out the released version whenever that happens to see if they fixed it.
  20. Good bye Firefox, I miss you. (Switched to IE9)
  21. alcarin2030

    alcarin2030 TechSpot Member Posts: 99   +10

    People are still using that outdated crap that is Windows XP? Wow...
  22. Who else think the guys than say "bye firefox hello IE9" have to do something with MS?

    Another thing, look in google and you will see people saying you can force the instalation on xp. The only reason I care for Slowexplorer is because on my work people dont know other thing, and is the only browser than allow setting a defaul zoom.
  23. Xp outdated crap?, my God. The only thing I miss of 7 on the work is one thing, the transparect windows, other than that, name one damn thing missing in the outdated cra:S

    Other than that xp is a full fetaured bullet .
  24. XP is outdated. I know some people are into retro stuff but most people go with the new things. It's called evolution. On the same idea, I'm sure there are people still playing Warcraft 2 instead of Warcraft 3, you get the idea.

    As for the guy who swhitched to IE9: your choice, dude(tte). Reminder it's a beta. Still I love it better than my Firefox - Iron is far better than FFX btw, and no privacy issues as in Chrome (I see peeps don't even mention Opera).

    And one more thing: it's a BETA. Not the final product so don't be misleaded. Some features DO NOT WORK.
  25. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    OK, tried it . . . Yawn. Sure it's faster because it's EMPTY! Does crash on quite a few sites but I attribute that to the beta status. All-in-all, I'm afraid MS simply came too late to the dance as usual. No way am I switching from FF to this thing. I think the next major update to Chrome will blow this away fairly easily but FF will remain my browser of choice for the rich add-on experience.


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