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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First impressions
by Ventajou on Wed 15th Sep 2010 20:03 UTC
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Just installed the beta myself. I tried a couple of demos from the IE9 platform preview page as well as Chrome Experiments and it's pretty smooth on my box (which has a single core athlon x64).

It's nice to see that IE is back in the game even though it's unlikely that this release will help get rid of IE6.

I was also surprised to see the address/search bar on the same level as the tabs. Although on my wide screen there is still plenty of space, I can understand that people who open tons of tabs would be bothered by that. Tabs also appear as separate windows on the Windows 7 taskbar so it's possible to have a thumbnail view that way.

Overall though, the UI is pretty much on par with FF4, Chrome and Opera with just a few buttons etc.

Hardware acceleration is good but FF4 has that too.

Finally the developer tools seem to be the same crappy thing that were included in IE8. I haven't done more than open the window but it just looks the same which means Firebug is probably still miles ahead. But who knows what MS will come up with before RTM.

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