Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 - now shipping

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is now shipping.   I've been running the beta for several months without any major issues or problems.  IE9 represents a marked improvement from IE8.  If you're running IE, and let's face it, most enterprises run IE, you'll want to get IE9.  However, you'll need to be running Vista or Windows 7 since IE9 doesn't run on XP.  I've been running Windows 7 since the first beta and strongly recommend it.

Most Windows 7 users will be running the 64-bit version which I also strongly recommend.  When you install IE9, both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions install automatically.  You'll likely want to run the 32-bit version for the best performance.  The 64-bit will say "(64-bit)" after the name so you'll want to run the one that just says "Internet Explorer."

Key features of IE9:

  • Better performance including JavaScript and the ability to leverage hardware acceleration (e.g. GPU)
  • Improved standards support
  • Improved, minimized user interface with more space for the web site you're browsing
  • Improved download manager
  • Integration with Windows 7 (e.g. Snap, Pinned Sites, Jump Lists, and thumbnail preview controls)
My browser of choice is Google Chrome.  However, since there are still applications that don't render/work correctly and require Internet Explorer, I'll continue to have a need for IE.

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