IE9 downloaded and installed, Great to see the usual “you must restart your computer” message again, something I miss from the install / uninstall of Chrome or Firefox.
First impressions – looks like a copy of the Chrome with square edges. interesting to see the use of the Chrome tabs – what I mean there is if you click on the tab to view the page – and you happen to be clicking near or on the X then you close the window. Thankfully IE9 asks you if you want to navigate away – which is better!
Your most popular sites includes 2 more thumbnails than Chrome – but they are not thumbnails of the last viewed page, but favicons of the site – which is not as good. Why can we not have a sliding button like when viewing a file that you can drag from: details, up to extra-large icons – that just fill the screen – as many as you can!?!?! An omission. And I much prefer the Chrome thumbnails.
Internet tools / settings – same as all IE since IE5 or 6. Manage Add ons is just as weird and confusing as ever – just a list of add ons and options to turn on/off or delete would be handy.
Unlike IE7 which seemed to crash at the thought of loading a webpage – and made me switch from IE on all my machines, IE9 has so far not crashed and worked fine – and is just as fast as Chrome if not better
we wont be testing this on server 2003 or windows XP, as it is not available for those op sys, no matter how popular they are.
To summarise, IE9 is much improved from 7/8 and includes many nice features from Chrome that I like (including not crashing), but I think I’m converted to Chrome now for my normal browsing, IE9 for certain websites. PS this post was written using IE9 browser!