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Internet Explorer® 9 (IE9) review: Will the big browser bet of Microsoft® pay off?

With Google Chrome coming up as a strong player, it has managed to garner a major share of the web browser market once held by Internet Explorer of Microsoft. The toughest competitors of Internet Explorer in the market include Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, which offer enhanced browsing speeds and an enhanced browsing experience. Microsoft IE9 (Internet Explorer 9) is claimed to have a better uncluttered User Interface (UI) to provide more onscreen space and many more added features.


With the launch of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has a product that will enable it to fight the competition with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer 9 is a sleek and much revamped attempt to claw its way back to the lead and gain its lost ground. And with the reviews filtering in, Microsoft has done an enviable job and achieved its target of delivering a fast sleek and standards compliant browser while keeping bugs out.

The reviews recommend it for any Windows 7 and Windows Vista running computing device. It does not offer support for the Windows XP operating system. People might try and find similarities between it and other browsers. Microsoft has created a whole new revamped user interface and a simple to use Internet browser. It also has a unique and different look in comparison to other browsers. We had heard of its new privacy policy, which allows you to monitor who has access to your personal data. It also comes with a new ActiveX control to allow you to block any unwanted Flash based content. It comes with a new JavaScript engine with hardware acceleration to improve its speed and graphics.

It comes with an uncluttered look and gives more viewing area in the browsing window. It comes with a new download manager like many other modern browsers with malware protection. Its new graphics acceleration using GPU strategy gives it unmatched speed and performance. It comes with many new technologies keeping in mind the future requirements of users, providing support for HTML5, CSS3 and many new upcoming standards. Also Microsoft has maintained a compatibility wizard to ensure that the web pages designed for older browsers do not suffer any problems in the current one. Thus IE9 (Internet Explorer 9) promises to be a fast and secure browser.

How to Download Internet Explorer® 9 (IE9)

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) was released on 14th March, 2011 by Microsoft. Internet Explorer 9 is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008, but not with Windows XP. The minimum system requirements to install Internet Explorer 9 are a 1 gigahertz processor, 512 MB RAM, 70MB-200MB free hard disk space, and a 800 X 600 resolution monitor. Windows operating systems that are supported by Internet Explorer 9, include Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit versions, Windows Server 2008 32-bit and 64-bit, and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit.

Download and install Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 can be downloaded from the official website of Microsoft. It is now available for download in several languages. On the download page for Internet Explorer (IE9), choose the language and your Windows version. Now click on the ‘Download’ button. In the file download dialog box, click on the ‘Run’ option. In the ‘User Account Control’ window, you will now have to click on the option ‘Continue.’ After the installation process is complete, you will be prompted to select one of the options, ‘Restart now’ and ‘Restart later.’ The computer will have to be restarted for the installation to take effect. So Internet Explorer 9 has been installed and is ready to be used.

Internet Explorer® 9 has ActiveX filtering

Microsoft has introduced ActiveX filtering in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), which was released recently. The ActiveX filter is considered to be helpful as it gives the user control while surfing. The filter provides the user with an ability to control which ActiveX elements will be active on the websites they access. This step taken by Microsoft is another attempt by the company to increase the security features of its browser. The new ActiveX Filter is an important component of Internet Explorer 9. Besides improving the security feature, Microsoft has enhanced the user interface of the browser buttons and tabs in Internet Explorer 9. The new version of Internet Explorer 9 features small scale user interface improvements to the address bar buttons in the browser. Internet Explorer 9 also has square tabs, besides the minor UI enhancement.

Microsoft has modified and upgraded the Download Manager in Internet Explorer 9, and now users can see the transfer speed of individual downloads without checking independent download speeds. The company has announced that Internet Explorer 9 Beta version has already exceeded 20 million downloads, which has made it the most downloaded IE beta version in the history of Internet Explorer. Microsoft has also revealed that the download rate of its beta version of Internet Explorer 9 has increased each month from the time it was released. The public release of Internet Explorer 9 includes some scale tweaks in functions of Internet Explorer, besides the much anticipated user interface changes. A new Tracking Protection feature is  also part of the latest release. This feature will address concerns of user who feel that their browsing activities are being tracked by somebody with malicious intent.

Internet Explorer 9 has better JavaScript performance as per the benchmarks of WebKit SunSpider. The new platform is the main reason behind the new UI. Internet Explorer 9 has already grabbed attention of developers, media and enthusiasts  and the browser is becoming popular.

Internet Explorer® 9 (IE9) launched by Microsoft®

Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) for the public on March 14, 2011 at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) which is being held in Austin, Texas. The released version of Internet Explorer 9 is not compatible with Windows XP. It works with the Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. System requirements for installing Internet Explorer 9, include a 1 gigahertz processor that is 32- or 64-bit, 512 MB RAM, hard disk space ranging from 70 MB to 200 MB depending on the version of operating system, and a display unit with a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. The browser can be downloaded from the official website of Microsoft.


Several new features have been introduced in Internet Explorer 9 such as an easy to use design, hardware acceleration for enhanced visuals, user alerts about add-ons, One Box that integrates search and address bar, message bar for notifications, streamlined webpage viewing area, improved protection against phishing, and a download console. Internet Explorer 9 takes tabbed browsing to the next level and provides convenience in multitasking. With tear-off tabs, you can open several websites. The tabs can now be organized in a simpler manner as they are color coded. The websites which you regularly visit will now be displayed on the New Tab page. The pinning option helps you in keeping websites that you often open on the taskbar. You can now enjoy a much more secured browsing experience with Internet Explorer 9 as it now incorporates the Tracking  Protection and ActiveX Filtering techniques. The SmartScreen Filter offers protection against malicious websites, spam and online scams.

Thus, Internet Explorer 9 ensures a faster and secure web browsing experience by improving and introducing several features.

Microsoft and Intel to enable “hardware acceleration” in IE 9

With the demand for multimedia application increasing day by day, it has become eminent to enhance the speed of processing information on web browsers. Particularly with the release of apps for android and iPhone, consumers are now looking towards getting the best of GUI applications. In order to deliver on this enhanced GUI applications capability Microsoft and Intel have recently announced hardware acceleration features for IE 9.

The beta version of IE 9 browser is scheduled to be launched this week, as Safari, Chrome and Firefox have already seen an enhancement in the acceleration speeds of handling web content. The new IE 9 will be launched at the event in San Francisco along with Intel’s Sandy Bridge chip architecture which features enhanced graphics.

Microsoft is terming the new browser enhancements as “full vs. partial acceleration,” whereas Intel is said to be the new power behind IE9 acceleration on its Core i series of chips–which will include new Sandy Bridge processors.

How does it Work?

Information is paired in units between the Graphics chip-based acceleration GPU processor and the CPU. Once a web page opens there are thousands of tasks that are activated to enable the screening of the content. However with the new “hardware acceleration” information related to the graphics are handled by the GPU whereas information related to the coding are handled by the CPU. These shifts in the processor take a lot of calculation which will be handled by the Intel core I series chip.

According to Erik Lorhammer, “The Intel Core i5 processor is calculating the movement of these images and then the built-in HD graphics is actually rendering these images on the screen,” said, Sandy Bridge graphics marketing manager, in the video.

Lately, the IE platform has lagged behind Chrome, Safari and Firefox with regards to video acceleration. Due to these reasons Microsoft in collaboration with Intel is taking advantage of the hardware acceleration technology which seeks to improve the speed of IE 9.

HTML5- A New Venture into Apps Design

Hypertext Markup language standard which has been used for constructing web pages has shaped its latest version known as HTML 5. Since its previous versions are not successful for a decade, some of the conscious developers have created new features like 2D Graphics, built-in video etc. in HTML 5. HTML 5 is somewhat imprecise, however it is much convenient than HTML.

HTML 5 which is a little bit complex can be easily managed only by a few talented programmers. This has created a success for the marketing departments. They have started to develop tasteful packages that can make “HTML 5” comprehensible.


Apple’s launch of Safari 5 has given a crystal clear action that HTML 5 has been snatched from the developers by the marketing folks. Apple has created a HTML 5 demo site which was created with most up-to-date web standards supported by Safari. Hence it has obstructed other browsers from it. You’ll be welcomed to download Safari which is free for PC and Mac. It will take just a few minutes. Apple doesn’t say that HTML 5 can’t be viewed by other browsers. But it is marketing Safari.

Christopher Blizzard, Mozilla’s evangelist has criticized that Apple’s messaging is not conveying their love since they are blocking the other browsers from their demo site and it is a intellectually dishonest matter. Bruce Lawson touting HTML 5 at Opera have also criticized the dishonesty of Apple.

On seeing the message “You’ll need to download Safari to view the demo” you may think that other browsers are not supporting it. But it is not true. It’s the trick played by Apple simply to market Safari. If you want to view the demos without the aid of Safari, a developer version of Apple’s HTML5 demo site will be useful for you.  Apple’s demo is creating a image that the marketers have snatched the label of HTML5. But not all of its demonstrations are really of HTML 5.


Some of the following Web changes are not a part of HTML 5. Geolocation uses only HTML and not HTML 5 which helps the user to enter his physical location to a website. Only Microsoft IE9 has made Scalable Vector Graphics standard more relevant and only Apple has made the Cascading Style Sheets Standard more relevant.

Not all Web technologies have the fortune of universal buy-in.  Though IndexedDB allows the Web applications to accumulate data locally on a computer, Apple is using a different technology for it. Even though for 3D graphics on the Web, some prefer WebGL, Microsoft has not consent with it. While Web M from Google is preferred by Opera, Google and Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple prefer H.264. Adobe Systems Flash has been functioning as a mock-up for a lot of happenings with Web standards.

HTML 5 fans are now enthusiastic to make it popular.  Apple is now trying to make an impact on the world by means of HTML 5.

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