As the host of the Microsoft Windows Blog here on TechRepublic, I have to keep up with the latest happenings at the software giant when it comes to the Windows Desktop. That means I have been trying out the beta version of Internet Explorer 9. And, to put it bluntly, I hate it.
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Now, in general, I think all the major browsers are essentially the same. They all display website content, have multiple tab capability, keep my bookmarks, etc. Each has a quirk or two that I would like to change, but nothing that drives me crazy. I think Firefox is a little slow, but I still use it. I like Internet Explorer 8 and use it often at home. Chrome is pretty nimble and seems to work the best on my Zotac ZBox connected to the big screen television.
But Internet Explorer 9 is awful. Perhaps it is just because it is in beta, but I cannot see using it in its current incarnation. It is too dark, the tabs are stuck in the wrong place, and it keeps asking me if I want to disable all the add-ons. Why would I want to disable all the add-ons and why isn't there a way to tell it to stop asking me every single time I load it? Is this supposed to be a security feature or just a way to make me crazy?
What do you think of the beta version of Internet Explorer 9? Am I being overly critical? Will it be better when it gets to a completed retail version?
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.