Internet Explorer 9
At the time of writing this article, the browser is still in its beta phase. However, it got two million downloads in two days of its release. This means there is something about the browser that attracted the users. People tired of Internet Explorer 8 were already using alternatives when Internet Explorer 9 changed the way users looked at one of the most controversial browser from Microsoft. IE8 was full of several features – accelerators, unwanted plug-ins, and more that made users wait for long before the browser presented them with the home page.
Internet Explorer moves out of the traditional user interface by removing the menu bar in version 9. It adds the address bar and tabs on the same bar to offer more space to the website. You will also find the small icons (not menu tabs) for Favorites, Tools, and Page menu on the same bar. This means that IE9 will be having a single bar for everything: Address bar; navigating Back or Forward (using buttons on the bar); Tabs that contain different websites; and the different menus. The concept of placing Favorites on the side seems to be borrowed from Google Chrome but if you look overall, the design of Internet Explorer 9 offers more canvas for viewing the website.
The browser starts instantly and is also fast on feature-rich websites. As it runs on hardware acceleration rather than software, you can find it fast even on sites such as Yahoo and eBay. In case of older computers where the hardware is not compatible, you might find it slow as it employs Software Rendering instead of GPU rendering.
“Despite the inevitable hatred that the browser will attract, it's a solid build, with interesting takes on existing feature-concepts, and some others--such as the reputation-based security--that hopefully competitors will take note of. It's worth downloading and checking out for the great strides Microsoft has made in speed alone; along with the snappy design and standards compliance, Microsoft may have finally gotten IE right" – As reviewed on CNET.
So far, IE9 seems to be the best browser with its features. However, considering the tough competition between Microsoft and Google, Chrome 7 (still on table) may hit back at IE9 if it succeeds in releasing a 60x faster browser. Get more details about Chrome 7.
Please turn to the next page to check out what is the best browser. It talks about the close competitors – Google Chrome, and Firefox – that stand in the competition for best web browsers.