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Editorial review

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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.

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.

Latest comments

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  • 0
    Dinesh Mahato 2 months ago
    — Good
    Pros: I like it.
    Cons: Super.

    I think Internet Explorer is not good as Google Chrome. Thank you!

  • 0
    Guest 4 months ago

    Funny! I didn't get a food verification show up on IE while on Opera I had to select 3 things that looked like food and the words *verify* would not appear unless I keep hitting a key. Commenting is so much smoother.

  • 1
    Guest 4 months ago

    Wow! I am now trying this site on IE which my last comment was on Opera and it appears a whole lot cleaner, whereas on Opera it looks like for smartphones with really tiny sections. Reading comments are a lot easier on the eyes instead of all that nothingness around the comment boxes.
    The latest IE is very good, and stable either, that or maybe browsers have personalities and know who is using them so react to each user differently.
    Let's see how the comment publishes on IE!