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 W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.