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New Internet Explorer 9 Now Available For Download

internetexplorer9The full release version of Internet explorer 9 is now available for download. The new Internet explorer 9 browser, which was launched by Microsoft today, comes with improved graphics handling, better security (to spot viruses and trojans) and privacy features that will see it become more competitive with the likes of Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome and Safari. Perhaps its most notable privacy feature is its tracking protection that will enable users to limit the browser’s communication with certain Websites and keep information away from advertising firms that track users’ browsing habits.

Furthermore, IE9 offers new graphic capabilities and improved performance so as to provide users with immersive and rich experiences with hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics that can help Websites perform as fast as installed applications on Windows-based computers. It’s simplified enhanced user interface contains only those controls that are essential for browsing, while notifications or messages are shown  within the flow so as to be less disruptive. Consequently, all notifications such as password messages and files’ download status now appear in the notification bar at the bottom of the browser thus reducing the number of dialog boxes experienced by the user.

In addition, search and navigation functionality is integrated into a single box so that users will be able to search for items from the address bar with auto-complete, search suggestions and direct search with Bing. The New Tab page has also been revamped to display the most frequently used websites by means of each site’s icon, an indicator that shows if the site is visited often or not and primary colours that will help users identify sites more easily.

As competition from other Web browsers and mobile devices (which are reported to carry up to 20% of Web traffic) increases, Microsoft hopes that the new Internet explorer 9 will help improve its dwindling browser market share.Current browsing share figures from Web analysis firm Net Applications estimate that Internet explorer has 56% global market share, FireFox 22%, Chrome 11% and Safari 6%.

Interested Web users who want to download the latest Internet explorer 9 Web browser should note that the program can only be used with Windows 7 and Vista.

Talking Point

What are your first impressions of the new Internet explorer 9?

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11 Comments

  1. However good it is, they wont be able to bring back the users who have moved to firefox / chrome.

    Have to admit though, IE are definately getting better.

    1. I was going to say exactly the same thing. I, personally, came from using IE for many years, but after I discovered FireFox and have fallen in love with it, it pretty unlikely I’m ever going back to IE whatever they do with it. But maybe that’s just me. When Chrome came out, I gave it a try for two hours, but gave up on it because “it just didn’t feel like FireFox.”

  2. Hi,

    I personally use Google’s Chrome since a few weeks and I can say that I’m totally satisfied with this product, browser. The Chrome browser is one of the finest that I ever used, easy to use, user friendly, and so on. Also, I recommend the new Internet Explorer 9, it’s also a great browser that I use, on my other computer though. Thanks for sharing!

    Best regards,

    Maria

  3. I’m a traditional Windows Girls. I’ve always used IE. Or, at least I used to be until it started having problems and ran slower then Chrome and Firefox. Will the new version be able to compare, or are we better off using the others still?

  4. I hope IE9 is going to led of the expectation of the people, and it is going to be acceptable by people. I hope it will work better than Google chrome and Firefox.

  5. I’m having a problem with IE for about a decade now maybe and FF for about a year now so I am 100% relying on Google Chrome. Anyway, I should give this a try. I wonder what other useful plugins IE 9 can offer to their users most especially to those webmasters out there. As we’re aware of, Firefox is on the top list because of the plugins.

  6. It’s about time that IE caught up with the functionality that other browsers offer, especially Firefox and Chrome. Personally, the thing that has annoyed me most about it in the past has been the way that web designers have had to create hacks to get around the fact that IE did not follow the same rules as other browsers. I hope that with IE 9 this will be less of a problem.

  7. I’m surprised people still use IE. I’m still adjusting to using Chrome full time but use Firefox the rest of the time.

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