Unlock the Full Power of Your PC With the Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Chances are, you’ve used Internet Explorer to browse the Internet. After all, Internet Explorer has been around a long time and recently celebrated its 15th birthday! The current version of Internet Explorer, IE8, accounts for nearly one-third of the people browsing the Internet. So you might be surprised to learn that six months ago, Microsoft gave web developers around the world an early look at what was coming in the next version of Internet Explorer, IE9. Now, with the Internet Explorer 9 Beta just a few days away, Internet Explorer blogger and Microsoft employee James Pratt is here to share with the WordPress.com community what Internet Explorer 9 is all about.

It’s a real pleasure to have been invited to write a blog for WordPress.com bloggers here on Freshly Pressed. As bloggers, you know that the Internet has revolutionized the way we communicate.  Fifteen years ago, it was very difficult to take, for example, an interest in cooking and turn it into something that pays the bills. Sure you could write a book but would anyone publish it? Maybe you could create a magazine but how would you get distribution? For many of us, blogging is a way of connecting with like-minded individuals all over the globe.

Behind the Blogging Curtain

Publishing a blog and having people read it is the last part of a chain that starts with web
developers and web designers. Behind every great blogging service like WordPress.com, there’s some magic behind the links, graphics and color schemes. Long before you sit down to write your blog posts, web developers and web designers have spent hours, days and weeks writing the code that bring your blog to life. Everything that’s awesome on the web starts in the head of a web developer and web designer which is why it was so important that the first people we introduced IE9 to were web developers and designers.

When you talk to web developers and web designers about their expectations for the web, you hear a few common themes:

  • When they write their site, they expect it to work the same way in all browsers
  • They want to be able to use modern web standards* so that they can create web experiences that aren’t possible today
  • They want their sites to be fast and responsive – both for the websites they build today as well as the ones they build tomorrow

*Think of web standards as the tools developers use to create web sites

Engaging with Web Developers and Designers

Six months ago, we released the first Internet Explorer Platform Preview to developers and designers so they could see how we were progressing in each of these areas. The Internet Explorer Platform Preview isn’t a full web browser, it’s just the part of IE9 that turns site code into the page you and your readers see and use. The Platform Preview doesn’t have features you’d expect from a browser – like a back button or address bar. The Platform Preview allows developers to see where we’re heading and to start to imagine what their sites might be like in the future. Over the last 6 months, through 4 updates to the Internet Explorer Platform Preview, we’ve unveiled support for many new web standards that will allow developers to create amazing new site experiences – for example HTML5 features like CANVAS will allow websites to easily include animations and transitions. CSS3 enables a new range of styles for your blog.

Most important of all is our innovation around using the graphics hardware (GPU) in your PC. The browser you’re using today only uses about 10% of the total computing power of your PC. With Internet Explorer 9, we’re unlocking the other 90% by using your GPU to hardware accelerate graphics, text and video.

The Future of the Web

What does hardware accelerating video, graphics and text mean? In the near future, web sites will be more graphically rich and immersive than they’ve ever been before. To illustrate this potential, with every Internet Explorer Platform Previews, we’ve been unveiling demos showing the sort of web experiences that web developers can create on a fully hardware accelerated browser. Imagine being able to flip through books on Amazon or being able to literally dive into the Flickr pictures on your favorite topic. On the Internet Explorer Test Drive site, you can see demos of conceptual experiences for IMDB, Flickr and Amazon. There’s also lots of demo eye candy like FishIE Tank, Hamster Dance Revolution, IE Beatz and Psychedlic Browsing. Note: These demos work best in a fully hardware accelerated browser like the Internet Explorer Platform Preview. If you’re using another browser, your mileage may vary.

To save you installing the Platform Preview to get the best experience with these demos, here are a couple of videos you can watch to see our demos in action:

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Feedback from the developer community on IE9 has been overwhelmingly positive. On
September 15th, we’ll be releasing the Internet Explorer 9 Beta which will be the first time the rest of our customers – people like you – will be able to download and try the full Internet Explorer 9 experience. It’s going to be fascinating to see how concepts like our IMDB and Flickr demos have inspired sites like WordPress.com to do new things with their sites!

Put a note in your calendar to check back here and to visit www.beautyoftheweb.com on 9/15.

About James Pratt

Internet Explorer Product Manager with a passion for cocktails, games, music, soccer and his family.
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  1. I hope IE9 will be a good experience for end-users as well.

  2. There’s only a few days to wait before you can find out. We’re very excited for 9/15!

  3. I recommend Opera 10, it’s faster and more secure than the IE.

  4. @CallToPower There are lots of different threat vectors you face when you browser the Internet. One of the most common are socially engineering attacks, for example socially engineered malware. Internet Explorer leads the way in this area acccording to NSS Labs : http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2010/03/05/internet-explorer-8-still-the-best-at-staying-safe-while-browsing-the-web.aspx

    Our excellent (and improving) performance in this report are thanks to our market leading SmartScreen service, part of Internet Explorer and now also online services like Hotmail.

    With respect to performance, you should check out some of the videos in this article. IE9 is very fast!

  5. I’m sorry over the years each incarnation of IE has been a failure in my book. I much prefer Google Chrome. Thanks for trying microsoft.

  6. Since it’s release, IE hasn’t been able to keep up with FF. Simplicity, Flexibility, and Stability. That’s what I look for in a browser.

  7. While I’m on a Mac and exclusively use FF/Chrome, I welcome IE 9 as long as it means I can finally stop trying to add hacks to CSS and XHTML just to get sites to render properly. Here’s hoping!

  8. I won’t and i can’t (even if I want to) use IE because I’m not using Windows (Mac/Linux).
    And I can’t believe you really think browsing with the IE8 is safe…
    IE9 is faster than the IE8, ok, but it’s unable to hold a candle to e.g. Chrome or Opera’s JS Engine.

  9. I hope IE 9 would be better than the crap versions of IE before.Well,I use Mozilla Firefox[and will,no one can change my decision] but I’ll this time give IE a try.

    BTW,what does IE gives users special this time??

  10. Great post and I recommend Opera 10 too

  11. I already added it to Outlook a few days ago. I use IE8 and Firefox about the same, but really want the huge add-on database for Firefox on IE. Firefox in and of itself is OK, but it’s the add-ons that keep me coming back.

  12. Once upon a time I used nothing but IE. Found it elegant, and any other browser looked drab, lacking in aesthetic sensibilities. Until it started to drag… and drag… and drag… I’m with Chrome now and because it is fast, I hardly ever use IE anymore. Unless IE9 can address the speed issue, what is the point?

    Rex Raymond

  13. IE8 was a huge step up for MS in the browser battle. Can’t wait to see what IE9 is all about!

  14. @Devin @Oghex

    I welcome discussion of alternate browsers but let’s try and do better than :

    “IE has been a failure in my book” – How have we failed? What can we do better?

    “I recommend Opera” – why? Do you recommend it to everyone or only some people?

    Who knows … maybe I might be able to change your mind!

  15. @Pseudo Chris

    Happy to debate these points with you. In the focus groups I’ve sat in on users often find Firefox the Firefox UI busy and confusing. It’s certainly not simple for everyone. Also, recent builds of FF seem to have had lots of problems with memory usage and stability. Of course YMMV.

  16. @Tim You should check our commitment to Same Markup. Check out the IE Engineering blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/ie) and search for Same Markup to find out more. We definitely want you to be able to use the same HTML, the same JavaScript, the same CSS across browsers. Part of that is making sure IE9 supports modern standards. Part of it is working with the standards bodies to make sure the standards are clear and unambiguous. And part of it is making sure there are comprehensive test cases from the W3C that all browsers can use to check their implementations of modern standards. We’re working hard in all these areas to drive towards Same Markup.

    If you want to check out how we’re doing today. Visit http://www.ietestdrive.com and download the IE Platform Preview and try your sites. (Press Ctrl-O to open a new page)

    Let me know how you get on.

  17. @CallToPower: Anything is more secure than any version of IE, as is any OS other than Windows. It was implied that I was a Windows refugee because I use Gnome with Linux. IMO, better a Windows refugee than a Windows user.

  18. @CallToPower

    You’re mistaking the data I presented you for an opinion. IE8 protects users against common Internet threats like socially engineered malware measurably better than the competition. What makes you think IE is less safe than Opera?

    When you talk about JS performance there’s a couple of things you should check out :

    1. Javascript is only one part of browser performance. Check out this post on the IE engineering blog to understand the multi-dimensional nature of browser performance: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/08/30/performance-profiling-how-different-web-sites-use-browser-subsystems.aspx
    2. Nevertheless, as part of our focus on All-Round Performance in IE9 we’re doing just great on the popular Webkit Sunspider Javascript test : http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/benchmarks/SunSpider/Default.html

    Hope his helps.

  19. @Rex Raymond

    Did you look at the videos in the post showing IE9 side by side with various other browsers? I think you’ll be encouraged by our performance.

  20. @teknophilia

    I’m curious, how many add-ons do you have installed in FF? Which ones are they? I’ve just written my guesses on a piece of paper and sealed it in an envelope to see if I can perform the “guess the add-ons” magic trick. Of course, you’ll have to trust me on what I wrote down 😉

  21. @coolpup

    Could you back up your assertions about Windows and IE? I’ve presented some data to CallToPower that demonstrates IE has a clear lead against a real internet threat.

  22. It’s very unfair to compare performance between browsers while not comparing IE with all of the most-used browsers: Firefox, Chrome and Opera. For example, in the canvas comparison you only used Firefox. Why not present Chrome as well? I am certain Chrome is faster than Firefox when it comes to rendering canvas elements.

  23. @Smiley Barry

    The videos aren’t intended to be an exhaustive comparison of all browsers in all scenarios because it would get very boring very quickly. There’s no sleight of hand going on here. You can go download the IE Platform Preview from http://www.ietestdrive.com and compare for yourself. You’ll find that Chrome’s performance is similar to Firefox. You can also watch this video on downloadsquad for a side by side comparison by Download Squad : http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/06/23/internet-explorer-9-vs-chrome-6-developer-video-speed-benchmark/

  24. @James Pratt

    You say:

    “Could you back up your assertions about Windows and IE?”

    Well, let’s see, I was forever removing virii from my Windows setup, having to reboot Windows when it crashed, which was regularly even though I’d been to many sites supposedly having information on how to “fix” Windows so it wouldn’t crash, etc, and so forth. Besides, I was tired of paying through the nose for every little thing with Windows. Since I’ve switched to Linux, I’ve let my machine run for months at a time without so much as a hint of trouble. The last time I had to reboot it was because I’d turned it off to add hardware.

    As for IE, I can work more efficiently with Firefox, and its add-ons, and not have to worry about the inherent “black hole” that so becomes IE as far as security goes. I stopped using IE long before I stopped using Windows mostly for the (in)security aspects of it. I can honestly say that I haven’t missed either.

  25. @ James Pratt, I have 21 installed, and 17 enabled. Among them are: Adblock Plus, Digg and StumbleUpon toolbars, FastestFox, TACO, and FasterFox Extra.

  26. I know for sure I’m the dummy in the bunch, but I’m just glad everyone from all stances is trying to make things better and more usable for those of us who definitely are not computer experts…. It takes efforts coming from all sorts of thought processes to switch on the “light” for another to come up with yet another solution that will add to the stockpile of knowledge that keeps on improving computer technology as a whole…..

    Thank you all for putting your best foot forward.

  27. @Walter

    You’re judging our current products based on your past experiences? My current experience running Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Microsoft Security Essentials has been extremely pleasant. None of the viruses or stability problems you mentioned.

    So now we’re done comparing personal experiences – which aren’t representative for backing up statements like “IE / Windows are insecure”, let’s turn to some of the data I provided in this thread : http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2010/03/05/internet-explorer-8-still-the-best-at-staying-safe-while-browsing-the-web.aspx

    IE really is a good place to be for the majority of Windows users. I’m glad you’re happy on Linux and Firefox – more power to you – but I’m duty bound to respond to your representation of IE / Windows as insecure with data that suggests otherwise.

  28. @teknophilia Well I did pretty well but you’ve got some in there that I don’t commonly see!

  29. @Margaret You’ve got it right. Competition in this space has been great for consumers. Be sure to visit beautyoftheweb.com and take IE9 Beta for a spin on 9/15.

  30. i hope no more ie crash

  31. I will definitely check out IE9, if just to find out if it’s any better than previous versions and if it can outdo what I currently use. I’m up to date with my products, anyway, but whether I actually use it or not will have to depend on the user experience I derive from it. Would be good if it can load as fast as Chrome because IE8, in comparison, takes an eternity to get going.

    Rex Raymond

  32. I honestly think IE is pretty good and reliable. Sometimes there are a few problems but what doesn’t have problems once in a while? I’m looking forward to IE9

  33. Speed and HTML5 is all well and good…. my biggest concern as a web designer and developer is how IE will play with others: will it adhere to the accepted CSS3/HTML/XML standards? Or, will it continue to try and push things in its own direction with no support for those of us who do not have the luxury of designing content for a single browser? My clients expect their sites to look great on ALL browsers, so that means developing for the lowest-common-denominator. In other words, if IE does not do things in an industry-supported way, their improvements are completely moot and there for useless… I look forward to the day when IE will stop being the problem child of internet browsers.

  34. Conrad von Risch

    I am not a “techie” but a long time heavy internet user. I have been using Windows IE since the early days when they were competing with another Explorer who’s name escapes me. Lately my big beef has been with the Favorites. Seems like over the years the format has not changed much at all. I’ve always had problems backing up my favorites, and then trying to re-install them, when on occasion I have had to re-install Windows. I wish this would be addressed in future upgrades. I am looking forward to trying out the new 9.

  35. @shin19 The majority of crashes in IE9 originate from add-ons and toolbars. Consider using the Tools -> Manage Add-ons windows in Internet Explorer 8 and above to disable add-ons you aren’t using. You’ll be amazed at how much performance and staibility you can get back!

  36. I hope this will make me forget the unstable, ne very unstable IE8.

  37. @exoboy

    Let’s take IE6 and IE7 out of the discussion for a second. They were written to support earlier versions of standards than the majority of browsers in use today so it doesn’t make sense to compare the standards they support to current browsers. One of the things we’re very serious about in IE9 is “same markup”. In other words the ability to use the same markup across browsers. There are a lot of posts on this topic on the IE engineering blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/search/SearchResults.aspx?q=same%20markup&sections=3871

    While this is often thought of as an IE problem, it’s an industry wide problem. Check out the IE Logo demo on the IE Test Drive page in Safari and Chrome : http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Graphics/IE%20Logo/Default.html . You’ll see subtle differences in rendering between Chrome and Safari even through they’re both Web Kit. Chrome and Safari are also different than IE and Firefox which render the same for this standard. The Border Radius demo is another example where same markup doesn’t produce the same results across browsers : http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/HTML5/01BorderRadius/Default.html

    Getting same markup right needs the industry to come together. Here are some of the ways we’re contributing :

    1. Participating in the definition of standards in the standards bodies, for example co-chairing the HTML5 Working Group
    2. Implementing the standards in IE9 based on our understanding of the specs
    3. Providing test cases to help build out a comprehensive set of test cases for standards

    One way you can help is making sure you send the same code you send to Chrome, Safari etc to IE9 Beta and letting us know how it works.

  38. @Conrad von Risch

    I use Windows Live Sync (part of Windows Live Essentials Beta http://windowslivepreview.com/essentials/) and sync my Favorites folder to the cloud and across all my PCs. It works pretty well for me.

  39. @agirs

    You might try running IE8 in “No-addons Mode” to see if your crashes are because of IE or because of a poorly written addon. You can access No-Addons mode at Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools. If you find that IE8 is more stable in No-Addons mode you can use Tools -> Manage Addons to disable all your addons and then re-enable them one by one until you identify the add-on causing the crashes.

  40. Opera 10 has a failed engine in many websites, including my router, hotmail, and another websites. I’m a FF lover, i love the new interface and the ADDons, but the Opera 10 interface is much better then all… Chrome sucks cause it’s fast just in the begining, after some use, it become’s slow and hard in memory, and always lock for few seconds the tabs and the scrollbar.
    I read windowsteamblog, and i’m very excited, but.. please, do a better interface, like in Opera 10!

  41. Ignoring all the browser war sniping, IE8 and 9 have come a long way from where Microsoft was. However, you cannot ignore the fact that if it wasn’t for the competition Microsoft seemed rather happy to let the IE platform stagnate on IE6. So what we can be thankful for is that WebKit, Gecko and Presto exist to power so many browsers that finally pushed Microsoft into doing something about supporting standards and developing the internet instead of creating their own.

    Please James, don’t try and show me that Microsoft are leaders of web standards or anything, everyone knows Microsoft’s previous track record is diabolical on that even if they’ve improved massively in recent years.

  42. James, in regards to taking IE6 and 7 out of the equation… I’m afraid you can’t. When Microsoft achieved dominance of the web with IE6 and killing Netscape, you stopped. Froze development completely. It took Mozilla to literally rise from the ashes with Firefox, and Apple deciding to develop its own browser (and obviously Microsoft deciding to can its Mac OS X browser) in order to push development. Without the competition, we’d still be stuck with IE6.

  43. I hope it will be good, but you have to add an extensions gallery to compete with the other web browsers out there.

  44. If it’s got speed I will love it.

  45. The progress that you MS folks have made toward standards compliance with the previews of IE9 has been really remarkable. Granted, the reason that it’s remarkable is because previous versions of IE lagged so far behind the competition, but still… credit where credit’s due.
    As for performance, we’ll see if real world use matches the results of the very impressive demos. The proof will be in the finished, RTM pudding.
    And as for the UI to be unveiled on Wednesday, all I can say is that I hope that the designers avoided just creating a warmed-over amalgamation of Firefox’s and Chrome’s user experiences. (I still think that there’s a lot of innovation left to be done in browser UI design.) The sort-of-leaked screenshots that we’ve all seen haven’t inspired much confidence, but maybe we can hope that they were of an early build ….
    Anyway, I suppose we’ll see soon enough.

  46. Hey James,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to all the questions/complaints.

    Browsers wars are great and hopefully will continue to bring out the best in all the competitors. I really look forward to seeing IE9 out in public. Standards, standards, standards.

    In your defense (although you seem to be handling yourself pretty well) IE takes the beating from the developers/designers for being a MS product. @Walter is the perfect example, couldn’t resist laying in on Windows in an IE blog post. But the real truth, which you already stated, is that none of the browsers render the same. Developers/designers can hack and hack and hack and say its all for IE, but they’re only fooling themselves. If they want ‘pixel perfect’ in all browsers…keep dreaming. It just doesn’t happen, and that’s ok, let’s move on.
    A milkshake doesn’t taste the same from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Sure, there are no recommendations on what the standards should be for a milkshake but the point is take your pick and use (drink) what you like. And besides, that’s just the problem really. The standards are really just recommendations and open to interpretation and hence competition.

    Sorry for rambling, really looking forward to what IE9 has to offer.

  47. I got a lot of spyware when using IE8 on Windows 7. When I switched browsers, I didn’t have as much of a problem. Will IE9 pass the acid3 test? IE8 was just dismal at the acid3, it was legendary. Also, I had so many rendering problems with IE8 that it wasn’t even funny. Not only that, it was really really slow. I have used IE6-IE8. Not good in my opinion. I have also used Netscape, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and my main browser is Safari 5. I liked the latter five better than IE.

  48. I appreciate that some of the decisions of the past have caused frustration for web devs and designers but let’s look forward. Hopefully IE9 shows our sincere commitment to web standards and Internet Explorer.

    BTW My suggestion for taking IE6 and IE7 out of the equation related to their support of standards of the time which aren’t compatible with the standards in use today.

  49. Coincidence I’m afraid. I can open WordPress.com just fine in Chrome 6.0

  50. This blog post talks about our ACID3 score in Internet Explorer 9 (95/100) and why we won’t be pushing for those last 5 points : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/08/04/html5-modernized-fourth-ie9-platform-preview-available-for-developers.aspx

  51. Are extensions coming to IE9? IE Themes?

  52. I am on Mac and I design websites, since IE is not on Mac anymore wich I find stupid because a lot of people runs IE and we can hardly test our websites on IE, we have to open them on another computer. Any good browser should have a multiplatform version. I am not convinced with your post, I prefer encourage others than Microsoft.

  53. Nice Update! So it’s officially being launched, my friend gave me a beta installer of this software before, but I didn’t use it because it had a lot of bugs since it was an unofficial release.

  54. Going foward, I’m really excited for all Microsoft products. IE9 and WP7 especially! 🙂

  55. Thanks for the information. I would like to know what is the best laptop to get for those who have multiple blogs and sites. Also, which computer is the best out there?

  56. promisclinics

    Kudos for going more standards compliant, looking forward as you say it’s going in a good direction, especially with the dev tools.

    However, as you’ve heard before, I’ve got a problem with IE because as a designer, IE single-handedly has added weeks if not months of extra work over the course of my work life. It still causes immense amounts of frustration sometimes due to users still using versions as old as IE6.

    For years, if it worked on FireFox, it would look pretty much the same and javascript WORKED on Chrome and Opera, but not always on IE (especially <IE8). Debugging on there is also a nightmare. This is still the case where some site services are still optimized for IE just due to traffic numbers, and that's pretty much the only time I switch when browsing for leisure.

    Now that you're (microsoft) faced with real competition with standards compliant browsers over the last 5-10 years, you're playing catchup, but in my opinion, I won't even consider IE9 except for testing due to the lack of responsibility of Microsoft in the days it thought it was king. If the likes of Chrome, Opera and FireFox didn't come to give you a run for your money I bet we'd still be stuck with something like IE5. I think I'll pass until IE10 (not that I won't upgrade, since it's a windows update).

    I guess my point is why would I go back to a browser that's not listened to us web designers/developers until only recently, when others have embraced our needs and pushed forward a better internet experience? I try to be open minded, so if you can answer that, maybe I'll change my mind 🙂

    You (and any devs reading this) have heard it all before, even in this comment section…. so in a nutshell this is just another "tut tut" from a developer regarding your (microsoft) previous sins.

  57. I’ll give it a try just because of the way james Pratt stood his ground after opening pandoras box in a post about how good IE is going to be.

  58. FF Addons I use:
    1. Adblock Plus (better than nothing)
    2. Chatzilla (IRC)
    3. Download Statusbar (better than any DL popup dialog IMO)
    4. Greasemonkey (Amazing User support, Customizes not only browser but websites to fit users wants/needs)
    5. Myibay (eBay Bid Sniper, Save SO much time)
    6. Smart Bookmarks (Best Bookmark Organization IMO)
    7. Xmarks (Clean and Easy, Password Bank)
    8. Personas (Icing on the cake 🙂 )

    Greasemonkey is a huge reason to use FF.
    The rest just save time and make for an easier UI.

    In my experience FF has been a little unstable between solid releases (but what browser isn’t?) however they usually fix any bugs/crashes very quickly.

    I’m not sure of the history of browsers used by the panel you surveyed (they may not have used FF before) I used IE when I was younger but FF proved to leak less spy/malware in the past so I made the transition.

    Windows security features are also very disconcerting for me as if you know how to browse intelligently you really don’t need them… So I like to be able to control my browser security with addons on FF to suite my needs.

    Basically I think FF is “more clean” because you start off with a fairly clean slate then add the features you personally need as the user.

    Also, IE proved to be less secure in the past because it had more system files attached as it is an extension of the Windows OS. While FF is a separate installation. So it was reverse engineered more often and was caught in the crossfire of any MS stigmas.

    I’m not saying either is perfect, and I’m by no means an expert. (please feel free to point out any possible false statements above)

    But as a PC user (and builder), I like to receive a clean slate, then build a customized mechanism with the best possible efficiency and aesthetics for my personal use.

    I can see how IE would work for “the average user” as it comes with windows and will protect against idiotic/unsafe browsing with default settings.

    I will play around with the addons on IE9 and see what kind of experience I get.

  59. I don’t even have IE 8! :s
    I’m falling behind!

  60. Great news, i cant wait to try it

  61. himynameisroman

    I’m really looking forward IE9. Seems like it’s gonna be cool.
    I use chrome by default but I like IE more, the only thing that’s preventing me from using it as default is its speed, it’s kind of bulky.

  62. James,

    I hope you guys have extensions lined up or this will simply be a cosmetic upgrade for the business world without any bite. Numbers don’t mean much when the features users crave obviously are on Chrome and Firefox. Hope I’m wrong but someone at Microsoft needs to figure this out or be told.


  63. IE in any version just freezes my computer up, not sure where Microsoft is going with all these applications. They really need to listen to customers and stick to one thing. So I see where you coming from but just not feeling the love on this one.

  64. Where’s the comparison against other beta browsers that are using hardware acceleration?

    Once again, Microsoft takes advantage of those who aren’t as versed in computers…

  65. Very nice and couldn’t hardly wait to install it 🙂

  66. Counting hours to download… 🙂

  67. IE is ok, but Google Chrome rocks!!!!

  68. I’m really waiting for this browser, as a developer in my small studio http://www.philcoders.com i’m really excited of this development, i hope MS do very good with this one.

  69. Same we will try it soon!
    Oh, and we just opened a blog and we are hosting a competition to celebrate the opening. The winner will receive 2 free WORLD WIDE first class ticket! Check out our blog to find out more: http://worldtravelstories.wordpress.com/

  70. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Can’t wait to try out the beta at 2.

  71. very interesting! Looking forward to IE9!

  72. I hope IE 9 more faster than Opera

  73. Oh finally, IE9, welcome to the world wide web, and please say goodbye to your ancestors .. ^_^

  74. IE does need improvements. Looking at IE9 video demos on this site there are but it is a project still in the making. I already have several other browsers. Some are faster than others. All I can say is good job developers. Keep up the good work…We end users and website designers need better browsers for better internet experiences.

  75. himynameisroman

    I’m writing here yet again from IE9 beta 1, I’m actually quite surprised by it, Chrome! I’m going with IE9 from now on.
    What I actually like the most is the way it plays websites, it makes fonts much more smoother than any other browser I’ve ever used, looks more clean and it doesn’t have that bulky feeling no more.

    Congratulations Microsoft for such release.

  76. You know there’s a Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 9

    And the best of all of that…I would go with Windows 9!

  77. A quick observation – If we were to compare both Firefox V4 and Chrome V7 (both are teh version that leverage off the GPU) against IE v9, I believe you would find a significant change in performance.
    Don’t get me wrong, ANY innovation on the part of Microsoft is better than legacy browsers. I am very happy to see Microsoft move their browser move to GPU acceleration.
    Maybe we can also see the feature of a sandbox or virtualization on IE9? You can never criticize a dream 🙂 Thanks for the blog post.

  78. “Everything that’s awesome on the web starts in the head of a web developer and web designer which is why it was so important that the first people we introduced IE9 to were web developers and designers.”

    That’s exactly why Chrome has become so popular. It follows web standards exactly.

    Does IE9 support flexible box model yet like Firefox and Webkit? That would save developers hundreds of hours.

  79. Looks good.
    Does it work under Windows XP ?
    In last time i commonly use another browsers ( explorer sometimes works too slowly), but may be new version is better.
    Thanks for review.

  80. iE 9 is simple and good.

  81. @antivirusnews

    IE9 Beta only runs on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Many of the improvements in IE9 Beta – like GPU accelerated rendering – need operating system features that are only in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Also, both Vista and 7 provide defense in depth technologies from a security perspective.

  82. @ultrabrickster

    There’s a long conversation we can have on this topic – one I’m willing to have should you find yourself in Redmond, I’ll buy the drinks. There are many cases where the standards aren’t completely clear. Take for example Border Radius from the CSS3 Borders and Backgrounds spec. In our Border Radius demo you need to use different code in different browsers to use Border Radius http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/HTML5/01BorderRadius/Default.html . In these cases, we’ve been working with both our competitors and the standards bodies to get the specifications clear. Another example of this is the IE Logo demo that produces different renderings in both Chrome and Safari which are both Webkit browsers : http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Graphics/IE%20Logo/Default.html

    Our second contribution is around test cases. Part of responsible engineering is not just implementing a feature, it’s providing a way to test it. Many of the current generation of W3C specs don’t have comprehensive test suites so we’re building and submitting test cases for review. You can see the work we’re doing in this area at the IE Testing Center : http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter/

    Our end goal here is to get to a place where the same markup works in the same way across browsers. In that respect, I think we’re heading EXACTLY where you want us to go! Here’s looking forward …

  83. I’m glad that Firefox and Chrome are following our lead in this area. It can only be good for web sites and in turn people who use those web sites if all browsers are hardware accelerated. The great thing about IE9 is that it was built from the ground up with hardware acceleration in mind. There’s a pretty detailed post on the IE Engineering blog here : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/09/10/the-architecture-of-full-hardware-acceleration-of-all-web-page-content.aspx (Warning – not for those easily scared by technology!)

    We’ve had sandboxing of Add-ons since IE7 with our Protected Mode feature.

  84. @Rishabh Tell us why Chrome rocks and what IE needs to do to get you interested!

  85. @Salone

    Many of the freezes and crashes in Internet Explorer stem from poorly performing addons. If you install the IE9 Beta, it will flag add-ons that are not performing well both when you first start it up and will continue to do so over time as you install and update more add-ons.

    If you’re running IE8, you can also do this manually using : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0c7f25e1-8f0a-475c-9324-32c12ab68c3c

    Generally, I only run Flash, Silverlight, Windows Media Player and Quicktime add-ons. Everything else is disabled.

  86. @Jason Mock

    I’m not sure where we’re taking advantage of people here? I’m glad Chrome and Firefox are following our lead on hardware acceleration. Chrome have hardware acceleration switched on in their nightlies which are utterly unsuitable for people not versed in computers. Firefox have just switched hardware acceleration on in their Beta.

  87. @drumboytwo56

    Mozilla actually have some interesting statistics about add-ons. Last time I checked their data, it looked like less than 20% of FF users actually use add-ons. Now I’m not discounting the importance of add-ons for some users but the work we’ve done to be interoperable, support HTML5, introduce hardware acceleration is going to have broader impact in the market.

    Feedback about add-ons heard though!

  88. @PseudoChris

    That’s a pretty interesting collection of add-ons.

    We panels quite a lot and have a different range of users, including people who are very experienced with Firefox.

    Sometimes in the technology space, things become “truths” without ever having any data to back them up. The data suggests that IE8 is significantly better than Firefox at protecting against malware so if that’s something you’re worried about, you might consider switching back! Also, I don’t know that a browser is fundamentally more or less secure by being a component of the OS. It turns out that the weakest link in the security chain on the web is the users, not the browser itself. That’s why we invest so much in technologies like Smartscreen to help users make informed decisions about what to click on / download on the web.


  89. The Windows Experience blog would be a good place to check out PC reviews: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/default.aspx

  90. “@Rishabh Tell us why Chrome rocks and what IE needs to do to get you interested!”

    I’m a developer/designer, am a windows fan, but hate IE for reasons that have been well documented here 🙂

    Find a way to eliminate the use of IE5-7 (8 is bearable) around the world so we don’t have to code for it and you’re golden! (I know that’s a tough one, but you asked!)

  91. btw James, grudges against IE aside, well done on handling this blog post though…. it’s an open invitation for us to vent!

  92. Glad to be able to engage with the community. I put my flame proof suit before posting the blog, just in case!

  93. Glad your preference is based on past products rather than current ones.

    We’re very committed to driving IE6 and then IE7 share to 0%. In some places, like the US, IE6 share is already under 5%. Trust me when I say that we have lots of people working on migrating Enterprise accounts who represent some of the remaining share.

  94. “Glad your preference is based on past products rather than current ones.”

    not so fast, I haven’t tested IE9 yet! I am still one of those developers with a grudge 🙂 just giving credit where it’s due…..

  95. Hopefully IE9 will be a lot better than IE8. Way too many crashes and shut downs. Been using Firefox a lot more lately. But still curious to see IE9.


  97. @PHP Web Hosting

    Try running IE8 in “no addons” mode. Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Internet Explorer (No add-ons). Try starting IE8 that way every time you use it for a few days and see if you see fewer crashes. If you do, it can be the sign that an add-on is causing the issue. YOu can then try disabling add-ons through the Tools -> Manage Add-ons window to locate the culprit.

  98. I cannot edit my posts since I have switched to IE9.
    I have to use Firefox for that.

    Any idea what happend?

  99. I like my browser and OS like I like my washing machine – it either works quietly, quickly, reliably and safely in the background day after day without tinkering or it gets replaced.
    I hope IE9 passes the “washing-machine test”
    In all seriousness, the ‘features’ above matter to me far more than any new ‘features’ that may be added.
    I will inevitably use IE9 at work just as I use IE8 now (FF and linux at home) so I want it to just work and keep working

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