Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 19:14 UTC
Internet Explorer After several months and preview releases, Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain for the Windows Explorer 9 beta release. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's attempt at not just catching up to the competition, but at actually surpassing them. Since enough sites will be focusing on just how many nanoseconds faster or slower the beta is compared to the competition, I'll talk a little about the new minimalist interface.
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Some Puzzling Decisions
by shollomon on Thu 16th Sep 2010 14:11 UTC
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I've been using IE 9 off and on since it was available for download and it looks pretty good (especially making allowances for the fact it is Beta 1). But 2 choices made by the developers puzzle me.

1) No spell check. Really? I can't think of a reason not to offer inline spell checking built in to the browser. Its sort of like not having a back button. Most probably do more writing in their browser (webmail, facebook,forum posts, etc.) than they do in a text editor or word processor.

2) Addons are turned off for sites pinned to the task bar. Sites I would pin to the task bar are exactly the sites I'd want most to have my customizations applied too. So I pin Gmail but can't even run crappy IE Spell with it? I think this is a concession to web operators. Customize your site to do cool stuff when the user pins it to the task bar and we won't let them run an ad blocker.

Perhaps these issues will be addressed in subsequent beta versions prior to final release, but given that we are now at version 9 and no spell check I'm not holding my breath for that.

So, no inline spell check, no IE for me.

Edited 2010-09-16 14:12 UTC

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