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IE9 goes on beta, looks Chrome-y

We had a short briefing with Microsoft Philippines this afternoon discussing some of the new features of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) which just reached beta release today.

Some of the features that were introduced were already available in other browsers (especially Chrome) while others were really focused on engine performance and developers.

The new IE9 feels faster, looks cleaner and more integrated (design-wise) to Windows 7. So far, I’m a somewhat impressed with the additional bells and whistles. It’s like Chrome + ActiveX = IE9. The address bar also serves as search box.

It’s got a smaller footprint too and event he installation file is just 18MB (though Firefox is only around 8MB and Flock is 13MB). I was pretty interested with the HTML5/CSS3 support and the web app approach which is something I’m planning to include in the upcoming re-design of this blog.

And just like what Chrome does, each tab of IE9 runs as a separate process so even if a windows freezes up or crashes, you can close it and the other windows will remain open and running just fine.

I think one has to try it out first to really see the improvements. IE9 requires you have Windows 7 or Vista before you can install it (they say it’s due to the GPU-acceleration support).

Disclosure: Microsoft is an advertiser on this blog. You’ll see some of their banner ads for IE9 on this page. Just click on them to download a copy of IE9 (or go to beautyoftheweb.com).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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34 Responses

  1. Joshua M says:

    I tested it. I like the Pin to taskbar feature. But theres not much to do. no extensions. acid 3 gave me a 95. and at last I can develop HTML 5 and CSS3 with IE9. hope this upgrades all IE on the windows vista / 7 OSes.

  2. Jhay says:

    Maybe I’ll just test it for an hour or two to satisfy my curiosity. Afterwards, I’m going back to Chrome. :D

  3. Wakocoke says:

    Use of IE = to download FF or Chrome :)

  4. jessjr says:

    Age old security issues plaguing IE9 been fixed? No more worms and virus via IE9? Otherwise this will be the same trash with new name, features and looks… but still a trash from Micro$oft

  5. Marvin Palaroan says:

    I think I’ll reinstall windows 7 just to try this.

  6. manaka_junpei says:

    gusto ko sanang i-try ang IE9, pero mas-stick pa rin ako sa Chrome

    baka magka-problem ako after installation.

  7. Joshua M says:

    @Marvin Palaroan why reinstall? you could download it . Its free

  8. IE9 has some pretty massive steps forward, but unfortunately that doesn’t help us much until people finally stop using the 10 year old IE6

  9. JKisaragi says:

    @Joshua M

    Hi, me again. I think Marvin was referring to him reinstalling the Windows 7 OS and not the IE9 browser.

    On Topic:

    I’ll try IE9 out later. But I’m also concerned with what jessjr mentioned. O_O

    Oh well, still too early to tell I guess. XD

  10. hume says:

    @Marvin Palaroan

    are you kidding me? reinstall windows 7 just to try ie9? really, because that is funny

  11. MIKE says:

    IE9 is better & it’s free. So, stop complaining ok?

  12. jayb says:

    tried it.. im so impressed with their graphic accelerator. best of all it’s the only one who has 64bit, perfect for my windows 7 64 bit OS.. hehehe

    but still, Opera is my favorite browser because of their speed dial, Opera Unite, and mail features…


    chrome su**s! my kaspersky antivirus detected that it is stealing somethin.

  13. Joshua M says:

    @JKisaragi I think he wants to reinstall Windows 7 and thinking that IE9 will become the default browser.

  14. JKisaragi says:

    @Joshua M

    Got your gist right there. But I was actually thinking that he might not be using Windows at all or may have used it before and removed the thing to use another OS. Linux perhaps?

    Because reinstalling the OS (when you’re already using it) just to try out a beta browser does sound a bit “out there” XD

  15. One thing that I don’t like IE is when they upgrade. Somehow and I don’t really know, almost all of my online games won’t work when IE is installed. This was my experience late back IE6 and IE7.

  16. Cindy says:

    I’ll try this out and see how my site looks in IE9… I’m mostly a Chrome and FF user and I rarely check IE when I code websites

  17. Joshua M says:

    @Cindy – Oh no! its bad habit to ignore IE. What if your viewers are on IE6 or 7?

  18. Nonoy says:

    Im more excited at the redesign of your blog than IE9. hehehe

  19. Ethan says:

    Finaylly, a download manager for IE. Took them long enough.

  20. ^_^ says:

    I’ve downloaded it and installed. looks great!

  21. RJ says:

    I think IE is a little bit too late.. Chrome beat them to it.. and their latest version of IE is not XP-friendly.. eh mejo marami pa rin ang gumagamit ng XP (me not included, I’m using Windows 7 :D), especially sa mga corporations.

  22. Joshua M says:

    lol get with the times already XP should DIEEEE~

  23. froi says:

    i will give a B+ on it.. IE is just way behind in firefox and chrome… i have tried it looks good though but it doesn’t have unique style to compete with firefox and chrome… for me it’s firefox + chrome= ie9 hehehe

  24. JunAlquis says:

    am using it and i’m liking it I think its better than Chrome cause of the bugs.

  25. Mr.A says:

    I personally like IE9. Although most of the website I visit broke, and it doesn’t have a spell-checker. It has a great set of features that I’m quite pleased to use.

    However, since this version is still in beta, it’s hard for content creators use it as their default browser. I like where IE9 is heading, and I’m not the majority who thinks Microsoft simply copying other browsers. If they release this before the other competitors, it may gain back those few lost shares in the market.

    If my guess is correct. They will release it when Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 is released, or perhaps bundle it altogether.

    So far, I have decided to change to IE9 when the RC version is released.

  26. mary says:

    I enjoy the developer tools for IE9. But still, Google Chrome is faster for surfing.

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