Internet Explorer 9 goes final

Finally one of the versions of Internet Explorer (IE) that I feel is a great successor to previous versions of IE in IE9 has been released, it had been downloaded by near 40 million users around the globe in its Release Candidate (RC) form and has been adopted by 2% of Windows 7 users already.

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This version of Internet Explorer has been redesigned in a few ways, it now uses the power of your Graphics Card to help graphics and video show more smoothly on screen, to the security benefits possibly being better than that of Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome. I run a test version of Mozilla Firefox in Minefield and its very quick but IE9 on the same PC for me is much quicker.

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Plusses

  • Pinned Sites – just drag the icon of the website in the address bar to the Task Bar in Windows 7).
  • Notification Bar – is better with much more information.
  • Download Manager – I have been DCRing (Design Change Request)this for the past few IE versions in beta, and its very good and also scans your downloads for potential malware for you.
  • Add On Performance Advisor – Lets you know what Add-ons maybe slowing our browsing down.
  • Tracking Protection – Stops sites you add to this list from tracking your progress around the site in question and where you have been on other sites.

Minuses

  • Bookmark Manager is not great and still doesn’t allow you to double click an entry to open the said site, you can right click and choose open, but too many clicks for my liking.

All the above said, its still early days and some more usage over the coming months with the release version will allow us to see if this is a great version of Internet Explorer, personally I think it is.

Give it a try and see what you think!

Learn more and Download from HERE                                                                               (compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7, both 32bit and 64bit, sadly not XP compatible)

Test Drive Internet Explorer 9 RC

internet-explorer-9The Release Candidate for Internet Explorer 9 the next browser version in the series from Microsoft was release a few days ago and I for one actually like this version of Internet Explorer.

This is the last public test release before IE9 goes live, so its the final time that any major bugs can be ironed out. I do like many of the new options from the download manager that scans your downloads before allowing you to run them, to the new privacy options like “never allow websites to request your physical location” and the Tracking Protection as well as ActiveX filtering.

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In this Release Candidate version the speed of Internet Explorer is vastly improved from the beta versions and the hardware acceleration works well.

If you like working with beta software or have a spare PC then give IE9 a try, you maybe impressed.

Download HERE                                                                               Compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7, sadly not Windows XP