Posts Tagged ‘Internet Explorer’

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Now Available

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Microsoft released the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta today. I downloaded it, hoping to see some IE HTML5 integration. In a lot of the testing prior to the beta launch, speed tests purportedly out-shined Google Chrome. From today’s experience, Chrome is quite safe.

To install IE9 you’ll have to essentially perform a system upgrade. I installed it on Windows 7 and had to restart my computer during the installation. IE9 directly integrates with your system which requires the more annoying upgrade. Once installed I opened the browser and got some major lag. As it was loading I was offered the option to kill any add-ons. I hadn’t installed any so I chose not to. 5 minutes later the browser was finally ready to go. Some pages loaded relatively fast, while others took far longer than even IE6. I did not experience a fast browser today.

Some of the talking points from Microsoft involve the integration of CSS3 and HTML5. Both are welcome additions. Microsoft has been dragging its feet on CSS3 lately. It should be interesting to see how well it plays with other browsers now. When you go to the special IE website

While I am happy that Microsoft decided to join this century, it is far from ready for the mainstream. If only this update could instantly overwrite all versions of IE6. It is really frustrating having to write additional code just for IE. IE isn’t even consistent with itself. AJAX coding takes more effort just to allow for all the variance between IE versions. It is high time for Microsoft to get its act together.

I don’t recommend using IE at all, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. If you must use it, I recommend you install the Chrome Frame plugin. It will help you plug some of Microsoft’s larger security holes. I only use IE for web page testing, so I always upgrade to the latest version with the hope I can roll it back and see how it will look on older IE browsers. This usually works for me. As it is, only 11% of the readers of this blog use IE. Chrome is by far predominant.

If you are a fan of Microsoft or simply just want something more secure, you should consider installing the beta. If you want to see IE actually support CSS3 and HTML5, you should install the beta. If you are only installing IE for the off chance some web developer put Microsoft-only coding in a page, it probably doesn’t matter as much which version you use. Chrome is increasingly able to handle pages previously limited to IE though. If you install IE9, let me know what you think in the comments.

IE9 Preview Sans Windows XP

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Microsoft finally figured out that HTML5 and CSS3 are desirable features in a browser. It only took two browser versions to get there, but at least they finally did. Internet Explorer 9 can be downloaded as a preview version at a special demo site.

On the demo site you will notice a variety of brag areas, from CSS samples to HTML5 teasers. What you won’t find is support for Windows XP. Microsoft decided it was going to stick it to the developers who have been nagging at them for having virus-prone, insecure browsers. While I have Vista on the laptop I am writing this blog on, I have no intention of downloading IE9. I don’t have the time to tear down my XP computers in order to load Windows 7, and I am certainly not interested in paying the upgrade fees. This was a pretty bold move from a dying company.

As it is, this preview version is more of a proof-of-concept than an actual browser. Once Microsoft figures out what it is doing and supports Windows XP, I might take a quick peek. After all, as a web developer I always have to check to see what codes Microsoft managed to break. For you Internet Explorer die-hards, let me know what you think. Is it faster? Is it more secure? At this point I am not sure that it matters. Safari, Firefox, and Chrome left Microsoft in the dust ages ago.