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Internet Explorer 9 - What you Need To Know

The beta release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 is just around the corner. The first version of the browser with the new interface included will be available publicly on September 15.

Users who have tested some of the preview builds that were offered without interface may have already noticed that Microsoft may be finally able to close the gap that currently exists between Internet Explorer and Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

Users who run IE8 next to one of the other browsers will have noticed that it cannot compete performance wise. Improvements in this area, and the fact that Internet Explorer 9 will improve its support of web standards are probably the two major changes in the new browser.

Microsoft has not revealed the new interface of the browser yet. There have been some leaks, and it is generally assumed that the browser will have an interface that looks a lot like that of the Google Chrome browser. Still, until we get an official confirmation it is all guesswork.

More important than the looks is the compatibility of the browser. A lot will change with the release of Internet Explorer 9.

Microsoft has already started to drop Windows XP support in the latest Microsoft Security Essentials releases, and that trend will continue with the release of Internet Explorer 9.

Windows XP users will not be able to use Internet Explorer 9. It is not as tragic as it sounds, as there are several alternatives available, among them Microsoft's own Internet Explorer 8 web browser, and the previously mentioned third party browsers.

The lack of support will have an impact on the browser's market share in the first years after its release, considering that more than 50% of all Windows users are still using Windows XP.

Vista and Windows 7 users on the other hand may be inclined to install the new Internet Explorer as soon as it comes out, considering that it is a major improvement over its predecessor. But that's usually only true for home computers, and not company computers.

To sum it up in one sentence: Internet Explorer 9 will be a major improvement, which makes it a recommended update for all Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 users.

What are your expectations? Will you download the beta that is coming out in five days?

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  1. Eaglenik said on September 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Internet explorer is already part of the system, I will gladly download the updated beta version.

  2. Cassandra said on September 11, 2010 at 12:53 am

    One week after the release, someone is going to make it work in Windows XP.

  3. The Genuine Islam said on September 11, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I think Microsoft has made a wrong decision when it dropped support for XP in Security Essentials and it will make another major wrong decision by dropping support for XP in IE9 and the reason as you have already mentioned is that XP has more than 50% share of the OS market. However , I’m sure IE9 will be amazing but the question is for how long ? . Microsoft doesn’t improve its products regularly so it might stay new for a year but then new things will be invented and Firefox , Chrome and Opera will be on the top again leaving IE9 far behind.

  4. Dustin Harper said on September 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Dropping support for Windows XP isn’t really a big deal. The XP users that haven’t upgraded are usually running IE6 for the most part. The minority that isn’t, it won’t really matter.

    I’ll be checking out this beta ASAP. :)

  5. roger said on September 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I don’t have enough love for IE to play around with betas, but I will certainly try 9 when it is released. However, unless it turns out to be something really special, this is just killing time until Mozilla put out a version of Firefox 4 with which my favourite add-ons are compatible.

  6. Turko said on September 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    No I won’t jump on this beta or any other for that matter.
    A browser is a browser, it’s the add-ons that set them apart. Even if IE 9 improves in this area both Firefox and Chrome are way ahead.
    I’ll let you know what I think once I’m forced to take it in a Service Pack.

  7. Laurie said on September 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Funny – started having problems with Internet Explorer just today and I have Windows XP. Loaded Google Chrome this morning and LOVE it! Bye Bye, IE!

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