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

#1
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Munki said:
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 :(
I wouldn't have know if it wasn't posted somewhere on here(or maybe Fark).:roll:
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#2
DigitalUK
i like it, seems very smooth and pages look better.:)
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#3
Makaveli
I'm primarily a FF user and just recently have been using Chrome, love the simple look of the interface in IE9, I'm running the 64bit version with 64bit flash.

My browser caches run off a ram disk so speed wise it is close to Chrome and faster than FF.

I will continue using chrome for now but I'm very impressed with IE9 and can't wait to see the final version.
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#4
cheezburger
i smell google chrome......

seriously i'd like old IE interface better..
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#5
buggalugs
Mussels said:
actually, i have a unique method for getting all 26 working right ^^ (two monitors :P)
Haha that will solve the situation.....but umm wouldnt that work with IE9 too?

I have a lot of favorites but i just pin them to the side so its just one click to get to the site. I usually only have 6 open at any one time, actually thats my biggest gripe with Chrome you cant pin the favorites to the side of the browser.


Anyway its good to have different browsers to suit everyones needs.
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#6
HillBeast
Well IE9 is really fail. It blocks the Google Chrome download, Firefox, Safari, and tried to block Opera. Sounds like Microsoft are jealous of something in their latest greatest browser.

As well as that, Yahoo Mail doesn't render right, after I downloaded Opera it said it was a virus.

Nice work IE at failing. I'm going back to Firefox 4 Beta.
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#7
rickss69
I keep hearing of the demise of XP, but I don't think it will ever die. It still has merit in some situations. ;)
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#8
erixx
hillbeast, that are false accusations ! I have checked Chrome and Opera d/l and is works just fine!!!!
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
HillBeast said:
Well IE9 is really fail. It blocks the Google Chrome download, Firefox, Safari, and tried to block Opera. Sounds like Microsoft are jealous of something in their latest greatest browser.

As well as that, Yahoo Mail doesn't render right, after I downloaded Opera it said it was a virus.

Nice work IE at failing. I'm going back to Firefox 4 Beta.
beta. Sometimes it crashes entire systems. Tried reinstall?

BTW, if you want to uninstall this, it's in the Installed Updates section, for some reason.
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#10
95Viper
HillBeast said:
Well IE9 is really fail. It blocks the Google Chrome download, Firefox, Safari, and tried to block Opera. Sounds like Microsoft are jealous of something in their latest greatest browser.

As well as that, Yahoo Mail doesn't render right, after I downloaded Opera it said it was a virus.

Nice work IE at failing. I'm going back to Firefox 4 Beta.
Big key word here is beta.

You may need to do some checking. I am on Opera and IE9 right now, no Problems.
Opera and IE9, both, download fine, run fine; as does Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Verizon mail, etc.
Now, my AV software is having a go of it(an IE plug-in has not been updated for IE9), but that is the A\V software's problem, not MS's.
So, you may wanna check your Anti-virus\Firewall settings or, even do a good scan for virus\trojans.:)
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IE9 is quick, but different, so it will take some getting use to.
I'll withhold judgment until it is released as a stable(non-beta) release.
:)
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#11
Black Panther
Senior Moderator™
Weird, I got it working on the work pc with no problems - in fact I'm using it right now.

I tried to install it on laptop in system specs (Vista x64) and I keep getting this message:

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#12
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Looks minimalistic, but I bet its entirely opposite inside code-wise.. probably bloated beyond obesity.

way back when Firefox was the 'in' thing, they copied layout as well (albeit poorly done). Now that chrome is the hip stuff, they copy it as well :D.
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#13
HillBeast
erixx said:
hillbeast, that are false accusations ! I have checked Chrome and Opera d/l and is works just fine!!!!
95Viper said:
Big key word here is beta.

You may need to do some checking. I am on Opera and IE9 right now, no Problems.
Opera and IE9, both, download fine, run fine; as does Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Verizon mail, etc.
Now, my AV software is having a go of it(an IE plug-in has not been updated for IE9), but that is the A\V software's problem, not MS's.
So, you may wanna check your Anti-virus\Firewall settings or, even do a good scan for virus\trojans.:)
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IE9 is quick, but different, so it will take some getting use to.
I'll withhold judgment until it is released as a stable(non-beta) release.
:)
Don't believe me do you? Okay this was on a completely fresh Windows install. No software except IE9. I don't trust it on my main computers so I pulled out another computer to put it on, that's how little I trust IE.

Here's some screenshots for proof. These aren't Photoshopped. Just Print Screened and saved in Paint. That's all.







Oh and also this is exactly why I hate Omnibars. They Google the URL. I just wanted to go to Facebook, not Google it. That's a whole extra click and a whole extra page I had to load before I could get there.



Oh and as for 'Big word being beta'. Yes I know what a Beta is. If you read my post, I said I'm going to continue using Firefox 4 Beta. That thing is solid as a rock and has heaps of innovative stuff. IE9 comes out written by people who get tons of money and you'd expect quality. Not this garbage they give us.
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#14
95Viper
HillBeast said:
Don't believe me do you? Okay this was on a completely fresh Windows install. No software except IE9. I don't trust it on my main computers so I pulled out another computer to put it on, that's how little I trust IE.

Here's some screenshots for proof. These aren't Photoshopped. Just Print Screened and saved in Paint. That's all.

http://i55.tinypic.com/8xnga1.png

http://i53.tinypic.com/2u7bznm.png

http://i52.tinypic.com/2133o0l.png

Oh and also this is exactly why I hate Omnibars. They Google the URL. I just wanted to go to Facebook, not Google it. That's a whole extra click and a whole extra page I had to load before I could get there.

http://i52.tinypic.com/308fog7.png

Oh and as for 'Big word being beta'. Yes I know what a Beta is. If you read my post, I said I'm going to continue using Firefox 4 Beta. That thing is solid as a rock and has heaps of innovative stuff. IE9 comes out written by people who get tons of money and you'd expect quality. Not this garbage they give us.
As for beta, I am glad you know what it is.

Nowhere in the post I made did I say I did not believe you. I stated you may need to do some checking.
Evidently you do. That is the way IE defaults. Checking certificates... either, the date on your system may be off(incorrect), the certificates are indeed faulty, the certs. need to be updated, you may click to continue to the sites, or you may need to set the security levels and settings for IE.

Edit: As for the search suggestions, click the omnibar's(search\address bar) down arrow and click on disable suggestions.

Change and manage search providers
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#15
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Change your date HillBeast. :)
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
yeah hillbeast, that ones really obvious. your system clock is set to 2008.
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#17
HillBeast
Frick said:
Change your date HillBeast. :)
Mussels said:
yeah hillbeast, that ones really obvious. your system clock is set to 2008.
Yes I notice now the date is off, but that is one serious security hole: If you have the date wrong, an expired certificate can get through. Fix that up Microsoft. You shouldn't be using local system time. You should use a time by a known provider like your own time.windows.com server (I think that's what it is).
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
HillBeast said:
Yes I notice now the date is off, but that is one serious security hole: If you have the date wrong, an expired certificate can get through. Fix that up Microsoft. You shouldn't be using local system time. You should use a time by a known provider like your own time.windows.com server (I think that's what it is).
thats how security certs work in every browser, firefox as well. system date has to match up with the date of the cert...
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#19
HillBeast
Mussels said:
thats how security certs work in every browser, firefox as well. system date has to match up with the date of the cert...
Well I think it's about time they fix that.
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
HillBeast said:
Well I think it's about time they fix that.
why? its to check for expired certificates.

useless to have one website ping another for the date and time, they'd simply ping it to somewhere set to the wrong time, and wham, unlimited 'good' security certificates.

get with the times man, 2008 is so outdated.
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#21
HillBeast
Mussels said:
why? its to check for expired certificates.

useless to have one website ping another for the date and time, they'd simply ping it to somewhere set to the wrong time, and wham, unlimited 'good' security certificates.

get with the times man, 2008 is so outdated.
It's not a website pinging another, it's the browser that should check the time. Of course you wouldn't get the website to provide the time. Any old fart can make it lie.

They only need to ping once to find the time upon opening the browser. What's that, about a 100byte packet and a 20byte ACK packet? Wow. That's really going to slow my connection down isn't it. A one off group of packets with less than 250bytes of data to just find the real time to ensure security. If I was developing the software, I wouldn't think twice adding a feature like that.

Get with the times man, 2008 is the default time on that motherboard.
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#22
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I don't really see how this is an issue. You don't care that your clock is wrong? It takes 10 seconds to fix the date in windows.
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#23
95Viper
Darn, I mention that and I don't get any thanks!:wtf::banghead:

DAM* you Microsoft... it is all your fault!:laugh:
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#24
a_ump
def a chrome wannabe. Only it'll still be the slowest and least efficient browser probly. Why is that? i don't get how microsoft giant can't develop a browser as fast as google or firefox.
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#25
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Using a lot of pre HTML 5.0 stuff here. Cant wait to check it out as HTML 5 wont be ready for a few years.
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