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Poll Results: Is the beta Internet Explorer 9 as bad as I think it is?

See how your TechRepublic peers answered this question: Is the beta Internet Explorer 9 as bad as I think it is?

On January 28, 2011, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:

Is the beta Internet Explorer 9 as bad as I think it is?

Now, I realize that is a leading question, but I really wanted to know if I was off base concerning the beta version of Internet Explorer 9.

I don't like the new layout of IE9, I don't like that the favorites menu is now hidden by default, I don't like the assumption that I have installed add-ons and toolbars that I don't want, and I don't like that the tabs for open Web pages are displayed at the same level as the address box.

After a month or so of using IE9, I do find it less annoying than I once did, but I still find it more annoying than it should be. I liked the way Internet Explorer 8 works much better and wish I had the option to keep it.

As the poll results show, Internet Explorer 9 is not getting a ringing endorsement from TechRepublic members so far. So, what is your beef with Internet Explorer 9? And on the other end of the spectrum, what feature do you think is a plus for IE9?

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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.

11 comments
Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

When I loaded ie9b on my quad core 64 bit system, it gave off a big sucking noise and locked up. TG I had 'fox for a back up browser

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

A blog on the January 28 beta? The RC has been out for a while. No one would ever think a beta is something to start to scrutinize. I don't think you'd do that with any OS in beta phase. I think most companies say that in beta phase, the interface could change, features can still be added or removed later on, features may not function completely either., So maybe it would of been better looking at the RC.

danmartini
danmartini

It's beta software, it's under construction. Did you look at the platform previews too? They're not 100% either. I am sure that when they finally release IE9 to manufacturing, it will crash and burn and that will open the doors for RockMelt to swoop in and take over. It may even be the end of Microsoft as a company. Then you'll have something interesting to write about.

amj2010
amj2010

we use all three: IE9 Firefox Chrome.... Chrome for looking up Firefox for Facebook IE9 for showing webpages IE

cdnjay
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The IE9 rendering engine is amazing and easily surpasses any other version of IE. The UI does seem a little different but I don't think it's that problematic.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

It may be that I just have to get used to the new layout, but it is going to take awhile.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What is your beef with Internet Explorer 9? And on the other end of the spectrum, what feature do you think is plus for IE9?

mrbscottc
mrbscottc

The tabs being on the same level with the address bar was initially annoying but I have gotten used to it. Also the switch of the favorites menu from the left to the right side of the browser was also initially frustrating. I have adapted now. I like IE9 better than firefox.

Lazarus439
Lazarus439

It turns out that you can pull the tabs down so they under the address bar. I'd give credit to someone for pointing that out, but I can't recall where I found the information.

nbsc
nbsc

You can also put your Favorites (as well as your menu bar) back on the left side of the window if you want. My biggest concern when I first tried IE9 way back when, was that there didn't seem to be any way to access my Favorite selections. Just go to the toolbars selection under "tools". IE9 is a lot more customizable than it seems at first glance. Jim

pethers
pethers

I'v e been using the beta and now using the RC and the RC is waaaay better than the instability and incompatibility found in the beta. Highly recommended! Remember to use the Compatibility View button for sites that don't work right - some Flash sites sometimes don't function quite right, but are fine with the CV button enabled.

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