Internet Explorer

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Fernando César Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 9.0
Internet Explorer 9.0 is the latest browser from Microsoft. This is a real improvement over the program we all knew only three or four years ago, although you probably will not notice many differences if you are upgrading from version 8, as the major changes are hidden “beneath the hood”.

The Web has come a long way since it started.
Today’s websites are full of images, flash applications, videos, and everyone expects them to be interactive, respond to their current location (work, home, or an exotic holiday’s destination), translate to their native language, and be easy to use. Fast and complete. There is too much information and too little time. We communicate with our friends, share family pictures, and even do our shopping online. And for all of that, we rely on our web browser. This program has become an integral part of our lives.

Internet Explorer 9 has focused on several features where his competitors were gaining an edge. Speed was always one of those, and Microsoft made significant improvements in this area. This time all the sites seem to appear fast and smoothly, and the annoying delay in opening new tabs found in previous versions is also gone.

Nowadays Internet Explorer comes with an Add-On Advisor which will tell you how long each add-on takes to load and asks if you want to disable it. Although this gives you more of an insight as to why your browsing may be slowing down, it is usually more of a nuisance than a feature: users want to surf the Web, and not really spend time configuring the browser.

As always, Microsoft is one step ahead when it comes to integrating its software with Windows operating system. In this new version, for instance, you will be able to pin your favorite webpage to the taskbar and open them later with one single click. Security concerns are not new, and Internet Explorer comes with several security features that help you prevent phishing scams (for example, when someone tries to “impersonate” your bank), installing malware, or accessing dangerous sites.

There were few cosmetic changes as well. The most impressive is the possibility to position your tab list right next to the address bar. This little change allows for an almost full screen browsing, with the Internet “filling” most of the screen, while a minimum set of controls are left at the top. This is a new browser trend started by Google’s Chrome.

Another trend Microsoft adopted (this time from Mozilla’s Firefox) is the “one box” concept (as named by Microsoft itself). Every time the user is faced with a non essential option (saving a password, for instance), the browser will continue its work and a yellow box will appear on the bottom, allowing the user to choose not only what to do, but also when to make that choice.

Developers will also like Internet Explorer, as it has highly improved its tools to help them analyze websites (html, css, and javascript are cleanly separated).

The latest few versions of Internet Explorer came with a 64 bits version. This is a new technology which is becoming rapidly dominant in today’s hardware and software. Nevertheless, there are some opinion makers clamming version 9.0 of Internet Explorer works faster in 32-bit mode. After installing, you will get two icons: the simple “Internet Explorer” and “Internet Explorer (64-bit)”. You should go with the first by now. In fact, some sites will not work with the latter (you will not be able to see any videos in YouTube, for instance).

To sum it all up, Internet Explorer has shown great improvement over the last few years, but in the end it seems to be keeping up with the competition rather than innovating. You can be almost sure you will not come across any site that does not work correctly with it (on the downside, hackers are much more active against Microsoft). On the other hand, if you follow latest trends in browsers technology, you will recognize all the major benefits of this version, for example, the opportunity to type your search queries and website addresses in the same place, the domain highlight for extra readability and security, recently closed tabs list, the option to show, pause, and resume your downloads, or the “new tab” displaying the list of your most visited pages.


  • Every site works as it is expected.
  • Development tools.
  • Integration with Windows operating system.


  • Makes you a target to hackers.
  • No real innovation.
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What's new in version 9.0

In this version you will find a simplified design, with more screen space devoted to web browsing and less to the browser’s options. You will be able to pin a site to taskbar and later open it with a single click. Searches and sites addresses are entered in the same place and, in each new tab, Internet Explorer will show you a list of your most visited sites. Security has been improved, and many non-essential options are now displayed in a yellow bar, on the bottom of the screen, which will not conflict with your browsing experience. There are more options available in the Download Manager.

What's new in version 9.0 beta

IE9 User Agent String
CSS3 Media Queries
HTML5 Events (DOMContentLoaded)
DOM Core (DocumentType, ProcessingInstruction, createDocument)
DOM Traversal
DOM L3 Events
DOM (AttrModified, Composition events)

What's new in version 8.0

Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of the familiar web browser you are most comfortable using, helping you get everything you want from the web faster, easier, more privately and securely than ever before.
Other issues to be aware of
The new Smart Address Bar and Windows Search

Internet Explorer 8 has a new Address bar that searches the titles and addresses of your history, favorites, and RSS feeds as you type. This enables you to find the sites that you want quickly and easily. This feature works best when Windows Search is installed and is enabled.

Publisher's description

This official description applies to version 10.0

Internet Explorer is a modern browser which allows you to navigate the web.


-Internet Explorer harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
-Experience the web the way you want to with a cleaner look, favorite sites pinned to the taskbar, and seamless integration with Windows.
-Browse confidently with built-in tools like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection that let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.

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    Guest 2 months ago

    Internet Explorer 9 supports Windows XP.

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    Shadow-Box 2 months ago

    Not efficient, not fast, not smooth, but it's good for inspecting web elements and reading source.

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    swetha 3 months ago

    I need Internet Explorer 6 to run QC.

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