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One of the nice things about Internet Explorer is that you aren't limited to the browser functionality provided by Microsoft. Internet Explorer is extensible through the use of third-party add-ons. Here are a few of my favorites.
Better browsing with IE.... you're kidding right? Best way to get better browsing is switch to Chrome or Firefox . Chrome already does most of that stuff without add on's (Google auto fill is one) Chrome is decently secure (built in sandbox) IE9 is too slow and does manage not multiple handle tabs well. in fact I can't think of anything it does well .
Most of these 'add-ins' are available for other browsers - and most are *free* in those other browsers. There is really very little reason, apart from inertia, to actually use IE, unless you are a developer/designer.
I am not much a fan of any of those add ons, but I am back to using IE9 after using Firefox and/or Chrome for years. After flash crash after flash crash I have lately found IE9 to be pleasantly stable. It may not be quite as fast, but fast enough. I may not stay, but for now I am here and stable.
Chrome is the absolute browser at this time. Firefox 2nd The only thing I use IE for is site compatibility testing.
Seriously, don't encourage ppl to use IE. It forever will be an anchor browser. Nothing has cause me more grief as a developer than IE.
I have been away from I.E. personally for so long that when I am forced to use it when helping someone else I see why I will NEVER go back. It is a get in your face pain in the neck program. No amount of addons is going to make it easier to use.