Thursday, September 16th 2010

Microsoft Rolled Out First Public Beta of Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft released the first public beta of its sceptically-anticipated web-browser, the Windows Internet Explorer 9 (or IE9). Sceptical, because the previous two versions did not really shine compared to other web-browsers in performance, and anticipated, because it promised revolutionary changes in the rendering engine and the way it works. IE9 is one of the first browsers that uses GPU (graphics processors) for rendering almost every page element, including text and layout. It features a new Javascript engine codenamed "Chakra" that has higher JS performance, and supports HTML5 web standards. The UI itself looks very lean and modelled along the lines of Google Chrome, with just the bare-essential controls, and menus. The address bar doubles up as a search bar. There are loads of functionality improvements, including detachable tabs, Windows Aero Snap tabs, and the ability to pin favourite websites to the Windows 7 taskbar. A performance manager monitors plugins and advices you to disable those which are slowing down the browser.

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 9 beta

Please note, the software works only on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
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52 Comments on Microsoft Rolled Out First Public Beta of Internet Explorer 9

#2
slyfox2151
i love it :P


its features from both firefox and chrome :D
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#3
buggalugs
by: slyfox2151
i love it :P


its features from both firefox and chrome :D
I was just about to say the same thing. It looks like Chrome and the downloading is like firefox.
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#4
erixx
opera is still beter for d/l :)
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#5
Munki
Yay, more toys for the testing :D


So, is the beta just for Win 7 and Vista? or is IE9 going to be an XP release as well?

I'm excited, but I have over 3 thousand computers with XP Pro, and literally 3 with Win7 Pro.
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#6
n-ster
I REALLY like the simplicity of chrome in that design

So how many FPS will I get with 5850CF :roll:
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#7
Black Panther
Senior Moderatorâ„¢
Just installed it - love the minimalistic clean look :)
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#8
pr0n Inspector
Just like explorer, there's now a chunk of wasted space in the form of an empty title bar.:wtf:
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#9
the_wolf88
I'm getting this message on my work XP machine !!



No XP WTF !!! :eek:

I have to check it at home :cool:
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#10
n-ster
What XP still exists? xD
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
of course this wont work on XP, XP died a few years back.


giving it a shot now, even if its not that good it may give the firefox crew some ideas to copy
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#12
Munki
by: the_wolf88
I'm getting this message on my work XP machine !!

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/4343/58085896.jpg

No XP WTF !!! :eek:

I have to check it at home :cool:
did you notice the msg at the bottom of the OP? Thats why I asked too, like I said above, ive got over 3 thousand XP machines and 3 win7. Should be one hella fun time at work today trying to figure out wth im gonna do with all this mess, i hate ie8 i was looking forward to ie9 being better, sadly with no xp support, im SOL. Maybe I should ask for a grant to put 7 on all the machines :D
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#13
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Looks good! However Ill wait until RC.
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
it looks good, but its layout isnt well thought out.


in fullscreen mode you cant have a heap of tabs, since the address bar eats into that space - and in windowed mode, you cant see any of hte address bar (it scales too small)

the address bar needs a line to itself.
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#15
buggalugs
by: Mussels
it looks good, but its layout isnt well thought out.


in fullscreen mode you cant have a heap of tabs, since the address bar eats into that space - and in windowed mode, you cant see any of hte address bar (it scales too small)

the address bar needs a line to itself.
You can grab the search box and stretch it or make it smaller. When you open a bunch of tabs the tabs get smaller so i could see about 15 tabs easily.

I like it, gives you more webspace instead of browser.
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#16
Kreij
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I'm in the same boat as Munki, here at work. Lots of XP machines. Almost no 7 machines.
Oh well, I'll test it out at home sometime.
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#17
Mussels
Moderprator
by: buggalugs
You can grab the search box and stretch it or make it smaller. When you open a bunch of tabs the tabs get smaller so i could see about 15 tabs easily.

I like it, gives you more webspace instead of browser.
yeah but you cant move it DOWN to its own line. the stretching pisses me off cause i want the large bar AND room for many tabs.

right now i have 26 tabs open, all of which i consider 'essential'
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#18
Steevo
Mussels is sailing the pron sea, being diverted by ad and link dumps. 26 tabs is just the beginning.
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#19
Mussels
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by: Steevo
Mussels is sailing the pron sea, being diverted by ad and link dumps. 26 tabs is just the beginning.
here, FB, weather, FML, naughty torrent site, various guides relating to tasks (encoding files, demuxing files, getting damned SCII achievements) wiki entries on stuff i'm researching, my anime fansub websites, fallout 3 mods/guides... :P

if i dont read it daily, i close it. those 26 are from the last 48 hours.
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#20
buggalugs
Ya, 26 is a lot but even firefox doesnt fit 26 tabs without scrolling. At least they dont fit on my firefox even in fullscreen on a HD res monitor. I can get about 20 before they get hidden.

But yeh with firefox you can see more tabs so if you need 26 tabs open IE9 probably isnt for you.
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
by: buggalugs
Ya, 26 is a lot but even firefox doesnt fit 26 tabs without scrolling. At least they dont fit on my firefox even in fullscreen on a HD res monitor. I can get about 20 before they get hidden.

But yeh with firefox you can see more tabs so if you need 26 tabs open IE9 probably isnt for you.
actually, i have a unique method for getting all 26 working right ^^ (two monitors :P)
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#22
aquariuz
by: Mussels
actually, i have a unique method for getting all 26 working right ^^ (two monitors :P)
Hi Mussels,

you do know that for tabs that you rarely or never close, you can pull them down to the taskbar and treat them like shortcuts right?

Let me show you :)



You see those icons in the taskbar for each site? They are permanent until you unpin them. I mean surely you have a long enough taskbar to fit 26 icons in your dual screen setup right? haha :D
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#23
Kitkat
im on it right now its pretty good acutely. :)
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#24
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Munki
did you notice the msg at the bottom of the OP? Thats why I asked too, like I said above, ive got over 3 thousand XP machines and 3 win7. Should be one hella fun time at work today trying to figure out wth im gonna do with all this mess, i hate ie8 i was looking forward to ie9 being better, sadly with no xp support, im SOL. Maybe I should ask for a grant to put 7 on all the machines :D
It has been known for quite some time now that IE9 will not be released for XP, I think Microsoft made an announcement about it several months back, and rightfully so.
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#25
Munki
by: newtekie1
It has been known for quite some time now that IE9 will not be released for XP, I think Microsoft made an announcement about it several months back, and rightfully so.
Meh, hardly ever have time to read up on upcoming software/hardware or anything else I care about. I didn't even know that they were thinking about IE9 until this morning before work :(
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