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Internet Explorer 9: A first look at the beta

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The first thing I saw when I started Internet Explorer 9 was a warning about my add-ons. I didn't realize I had add-ons.

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52 comments
tr4der8888
tr4der8888

as part of my windows updates I was offered IE9 on my Vista laptop. I went ahead and it crashes every time I try to use a web site. I have tried to reload IE8 but it won't do this as I am told there is a later version of IE - yes one that is completely useless. All I want to know is how to uninstall but does not appear in that list of programmes - any suggestions? Thanks

strat4axe
strat4axe

It's got some good points,but I think I'll wait until they've ironed out the inevitable bugs.

NurdCore
NurdCore

Once again it just latches onto windows 7 like a leech. The install took forever. That was my initial thoughts, but once it was done, so far it's been a very fast and slick browser.

gilde
gilde

Forget it!! I didn't like version 8, why would I want 9??? I suppose I will have to look at it because some of my customers will probably try it. UGH! Dale

carvalho.jf
carvalho.jf

Well, I like it. FAAAst, and good looks. Can?t find anything wrong so far!

FXEF
FXEF

I can see that it will be an easy transition from Google Chrome to IE9, as Microsoft has done an excellent job of copying Chrome's look. Oh well, I don't think Chrome users will be moving to IE9 any time soon.

PoppaTab
PoppaTab

I'm using the 64bit version of IE9 beta right now. Chrome did not display everything on the page correctly(I've been running into that more often in Chrome).I use the x64 because it is way faster than the x32 on my system. I have Win 7 x64 OS installed and the IE9 works just fine. I have Chrome as default browser and use Opera, FireFox, and Avant. I stopped using FireFox when it slowed down too much. Chrome is the most used because it is fast and does what I want. IE9 beta works fine, Opera is faster than FF. I use the different browsers to check compatibility of web designs for the most part. I can't find anything bad to say about the beta; it has not caused any problems on my system or gone terribly bad on the web. Now if Adobe would find a way to make x64 flash; I would be a happy man.

hemmesed
hemmesed

Tried to download printer software from HP. IE9 would not save it. No problem with OPERA.

tanksalive
tanksalive

I downloaded the beta, installed it and have to say that it is a bit faster than the previous versions. However, if you do a lot of online ordering, there are many sites that are not compatible even in compatibility mode. This is not the end of the world, however, it must be fixed by Mickeysoft. I am sure they will. Some of the cool features are fun to see in action but I still look to Firefox, Chrome and Opera for stable efficient surfing and usability. IE is still too bloated with unneccessary bling. BTW, this was posted in IE9. Cheers!

randyb
randyb

My only thought is, how is the speed in compairison to Chrome? IE8 Speed Test - 29.91mb/s (Down) - 4.96mb/s (Up) Chrome Speed Test - 20.85mb/s (Down) - 5.15mb/s (Up) Today was a bad test for me but 90% of the time Chrom has the higher speed. (www.speedtest.net)

ndveitch
ndveitch

At first glance it looks like they are just copying older versions of Chrome and Firefox. Also whats up with the having to restart. Surely in today's world, having to restart your machine to finish the setting up of a program is really getting annoying. Maybe its just me. Although it could just be because it is the BETA release. To be honest, I doubt I would install it until I really really had to. Don't get me wrong it doesn't look that bad, I'm just sure it is not going to be as easy as Chrome or Firefox to use. Unfortunately I will have to use it as most of my users use IE cause it came with the OS and to train them to use a different browser is more hassle than just suffering with IE. I'm sure MS will learn a lot from this BETA release and I'm sure there will be some major changes before the final version is released. MS can't release something calling it new when it seems to be a version or 2 behind its competition. In MS' defense thou, the ability to 'Pin to Taskbar' looks like it will be a very handy feature for those running Win7. So in all I would say there are some Pro's and Con's to the new browser. The only question is now, will MS do like they did with Win7 and listen to the public, who in the long run will be using the product, or are they going to go corporate and release a sub-standard product? I do hope they take what the people say about the BETA and make the necessary adjustments before final release. It will really be a big feather in their cap if they do. Here's hoping :)

Slayer_
Slayer_

Explorer makes heavy use of internet explorer. Unless you wanted to literately turn off everything in your task manager. Install, then turn it all back on. That would include the user32 environment. Don't forget that this install will have updated several graphical OCX's and DLL's. All of which will have been in use at the time.

pastwalker
pastwalker

I loaded it an got nothing but error messages. I tried another download and still got nothing but error messages. I finally did a restore and got my PC back to a stable mode and I am still using IE8. As for IE9, I can't say "I hate it" as that is not being fair to Microsoft. Maybe the final version will be a better install.

millerah
millerah

Installed the beta. No issues. It even intalled very nicely taking into account my IE 8 configuration. I am using Windows 7 64 bit. The installer intalled both the 32 bit and 64 bit version. Though smart tabs checked in options does not work. Perhaps it will only be added later. Sometimes there are problems because a person's system is not set up right or for not following instructions. Remember to turn off antivirus protection before installation.

Researcher75
Researcher75

Installed but ruined my IE v.8 setup and had to revert to a restore. There was no entry in the installed programs list, so that I could uninstall it - RUBBISH! DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT>>>>>>> BEWARE!

Heshan Perera
Heshan Perera

Pretty good... it is now ALMOST on par with Google's Chrome web browser

champ100
champ100

I downloaded and installed in no time, restarted and opened it, then it had a mind of it's own, opening tabs and error messages. had restore to get rid. Operating system Windows 7 x64 Really gutted i could not do something with it.

tony
tony

Don't find how to change Bing to Google so far . Can it be done ? If not I will boot it out!

henryfredles
henryfredles

First 1. Right click a page, 2. Select All Accelerators, 3. Select Managage Accelerators, and go from there. Second, everyone calm down; this is a beta. I have installed this on several test machines, and have had almost no problems with the download, installation, or operation. That's not to say there are none--BUT IT'S A BETA. The whining on this board is just unbelievable. Boot it out, because you are ignorant, indeed. Tough guy.

bogzgonz
bogzgonz

looks good, but can't manage my add-ons... well it's a beta

theend
theend

Its faster but I really do not like the blue screens of death.........

hariks0
hariks0

I had it downloaded and installed two days back. It is not good to work with. It hangs for even simple sites and does not open even cached ones. It is trying to imitate Google chrome but fails even to have the look let alone the speed and performance. :( I would advise to stick to IE8 [if anyone was using it earlier] ;)

abbos
abbos

I like to have a menubar, links and one extra toolbar in sight. I dont like to click a few times extra to get the options i need that moment. That is what i find a waste of time. So i stay to IE8 and if needed i switch to Firefox. IE9 is no-go for me. Dont like the interface.

seanferd
seanferd

I'm not a huge fan of IE, or where it is heading, but I would make allowances for the fact that it is the beta test version. Did you report the problems? That is what beta testing is all about.

rhmercer
rhmercer

Download? - not very likely!

rhmercer
rhmercer

Download - not very likely!

nwallette
nwallette

This amazing new functionality has one slight problem: Because it took so friggin long to get here, the installed base of brain-damaged previous versions is way too numerous to neglect. As a web site designer, you have three choices: 1) Write a site that's compatible with everything, therefore wasting the capabilities of modern browsers in favor of the lowest common denominator. 2) Write a site that takes advantage of the best browsers and neglect the older versions. (Most businesses won't even consider this an option. Although I have seen some intentionally refuse to load anymore on IE6. Bravo.) 3) Write multiple versions of the site, served up based on agent sniffing. Expensive and error-prone, but almost every large-ish site has to do this to some extent. The sad truth is there are A TON of IE6's still floating around out there. I developed a website for a friend's wedding and found out that all kinds of scripting and layout complaints cropped up from my generation's parents, who have no idea what a Firefox is. For this? IE can continue to serve its purpose as a browser pre-installation environment. Also: I can pin .URL files to my Start menu now. What's the big deal?

john3347
john3347

Couple of fewer toolbars looks better, especially with today's monitors' popular panorama movie screen aspect ratio. I have always wondered why they cannot add buttons to a single toolbar rather than waste precious screen space with rows and rows of unfilled toolbars. If IE9 will just be more stable than IE8 it will be a huge improvement.

seanferd
seanferd

That would fit your desires.

The Joat
The Joat

I think it has been since IE5 that you really can't do much in the way of customizing toolbars to save space. I have my google toolbar on the same line as my menu bar, but thats about the limit in IE8. Wish I could put my favorites bar with them too.

seanferd
seanferd

Right-click, choose which bars are shown, & customize buttons displayed. I have barely used 7 or 8, so no chance to poke around as i won't install them on my system. Too bad one cannot collapse the toolbars. Thanks for the feedback.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

What do you like about IE 9? What do you dislike?

Researcher75
Researcher75

Installed this once again (Tried twice) but it still would not work and had to resort to the Restore facility. No mention of IE8 in the Uninstall List now and there was none for IE9 after it had installed - I have Windows7 Mr Microsoft, so what about it - why don't it work like what everyone else is saying?????

lpan7
lpan7

they wont ledt WXP users download the beta how about when it comes to the stable version. will it be compatible with WXP? If not then im done with Microsoft altogether. Another OS system etc. I like WXP Want to keep XP

jasonemmg
jasonemmg

I DO NOT PLAN on using IE8 or IE9. MOZILLA FIREFOX !

Duke E Love
Duke E Love

Does it support the DOM Level 2 spec? Or will I have to continue writing IE only CSS and JS to work around MS's screwed up implementation of DOM. If not it is just another crappy version of IE. Is it ACID3 compliant? No. Does it support the HTML 5 spec. Not hardly.

gke565
gke565

I installed on Win7/32bit machine in under 10 mins. What I liked was the clean interface (you can add all the toolbars back if you like). The search and address line are one in the same now. I really like being able to take a tab and dragging it to create a separate window - this work great when you have two screens and want to compare. Most websites generated fine, the flash beta plugin was iffy, and I had some internal apps that certain pages wouldn't load - Concur expense reports. Overall much faster and easy to work with, with great promise but I uninstalled do to the mentioned issues with internal company apps. Hopefully corporate apps will be updated faster than they were with IE7.

marioh
marioh

I installed it in about five mins on my work laptop, IE 7, 2G RAM. I've been using it all day and no problems so far. I can't believe, though, that it required a reboot! All web sites seem to be working fine. I have seen a performance inprovement. I think it does look a little bit like Chrome, specially when you open a new tab. So far so good, it's a good start for MS. I hope they continue to improve it and make it look a little more elegant.

harlanharris
harlanharris

I was glad when IE7 came along, once they got it working to keep it from crashing on 20% of the systems that I put it on. Having tabs was worth the upgrade. IE8 - We avoided putting it on any WinXP computers we were selling. Too often it caused issues for XP users (approx 30% of users). It did provide our service business a good source of income though; thanks Microsoft for keeping the 3rd party contractors and vendors in business:). Many of our customer's had problems because they had automatic updates setup and MS pushed a product (IE8) down that should have never been put on XP systems. Unfortunately, it is comimg preloaded on all the XP downgrade computers that we are currently selling. IE9 - I am going to try it on a non-critical computer (Win7 64bit). I am not sure why MS is even producing another version of IE. Too often web sites have not been updated to even work with Win7 64bit and I have to close out of my browser and open the 32bit version. Now I seldom even use the 64bit version simply because of the hassle. So how many web developers are actually going to write programs for it in the next year?

GRAYSNAKE
GRAYSNAKE

I can't believe how many IT people here are having problems. I don't consider myself an expert yet I haven't had any problems with the download or application running Win7 64bit. I like the new look and as for setup: if all else fails read the directions...lol

Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

I d/l'd IE9 without any trouble at all. It installed in 3 minutes. RESTARTED my Win7/64bit notebook and began to configure itself based on previous IE settings. I browsed the web ok but none of the active-x apps would work. No web cams (which I use for fun). As a beta, its a work in "progress". For what its worth, its fast on the basics but I uninstalled after 2 days and will continue to use IE8, Firefox and Chrome

davidniskern
davidniskern

I have windows7 x64. I installed IE9 a couple of days ago. I've been using it and I love it. It's faster than IE8. I also like the look. Without all those extra toolbars. I'm not sure why all the rest of you have been having issues with the install. But I have had no problems. I love reading this Blog. But the whining I'm seeing, is really annoying. If you gentlemen/ladies can't figure out how to use your machines you should find a paper and pencil.

sphaneda
sphaneda

I installed on my home laptop and it made it crash several times (BSOD) because of graphics drivers.

stuartc
stuartc

So, The Latest and Greatest!!!! from M$, and what do you still need to do after installation, oh yes, reboot! Cant believe it, seriously, after being in the market for, what, 25 years or so, and I still need to reboot after I install the latest and greatest. I give up on M$

seanferd
seanferd

In addition to having to chase the image to click on it (is the a pause key?), that seems like a pointless bandwidth hog of a page.

sunshinin
sunshinin

I hate the look right off the batch. I think it has a poor design or no design at all -- too square and do not look elegant. It seems like the toolbar has been moved and that is it. I think whether IE9 is good or not, look does matter and that's how they get people attention to the product. Also, I do not seem to see speed dial in the picture. If this feature is not included, it would be a big mistake. In conclusion, I hope they is is not a final design/product.

slange
slange

When I attempted to download it several times, it would hang about a fourth of the way during the download, so I never did get it installed.

trlumsden
trlumsden

Took almost 1 hour to download: download stalls for about 15 minutes and finally an error flashes to tell you that you require updates to Windows 7 prior to installation. When applying 5 updates, you are finally sent back to Microsoft's Website to start all over again. (by the by: 'downloads' do not work, and when you do get the file downloaded to your file choice, it is labelled a 'partial-file' and does not execute.)