When you hear Internet Explorer, first thing that pops through your mind is: Buggy, slow, unresponsive and ugly user interface. Yes the famous Microsoft browser has carried on a bad reputation from generation to generation, and we wouldn’t expect any better.
On September 15th 2010, Microsoft released the Internet Explorer 9 Beta to the crowd. Curious person that I am, I downloaded it to check out what all the pre-release commotion was about.
After a couple of minutes (30mins considering Lebanon’s download rates) it was installed, replacing my old Internet Explorer 8.
“Shiny icon” I thought to myself, “let’s see what’s next”.
Application launched, first thing I noticed was the crisp visuals and simple interface. Microsoft has indeed revamped it completely leaving nothing but the forward and back buttons, a very small address/search bar and tiny icons for the options and favorites on the right. This leaves a huge space (a la Chrome) for the web pages you are browsing. You can feel the integration of the browser with the Windows 7 Operating System. It blends perfectly.
http://www.beautyoftheweb.com is the first page from Explorer that you will experience. It includes fluid graphics and all you will need to know about the browsers features and innovations
I tried first of all the typical websites, Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc. And I compared loading times to Firefox which were quite similar. Connecting to Hotmail was particularly faster than on any other browser, almost instant. Then I tried some HTML 5 websites, also performed great as well.
One thing that seems absent though, is a progress bar. Even with the status bar on (optional), there is no progress bar visible while loading web pages.
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