Internet Explorer (Windows 7 32-bit)
Full user review
"Stable as a rock! HTML5 ready and it's nicely secure!"
Speed at which it boots in Windows 7. Only once have I had a "Tab crash". Current Google Toolbar is compatible!
Weird Flash Idiosyncracies! Quit bothering me about my add-ons! I run them for a reason!
I have the 64-bit browser but run the 32-bit version because of Flash issues with the 64-bit browser. I downloaded this browser because I was ecstatic about how well IE8 performed from the first day I ran it! It also features HTML5, and for those of us who dislike Flash, it's a real big plus! This is the first beta that I've run from Microsoft and so far it's remarkably stable! The speed with which things happen is remarkable! The positives: HTML5 support and it works slick! I have much better control of things in the new tools menu! Seems better at security than IE8 just in everyday use. Screen area is significantly larger than IE8/7 browsers. You see more of the website. Full screen, (F11), seem to have a bigger image too! I like the message bar at the bottom when problems are detected, it doesn't block you from viewing the site anyway. The Negatives: Quit bothering me about my add-ons! I run them for a reason! Can't figure out how to turn that notification off yet! Some real strange behavior with Adobe Flashplayer which runs differently than in IE8! I am inclined to think these quirks are Flash related and not browser related! Haven't figured out what this "Pin to the Taskbar" thing is yet. I pinned a couple of sites and am not yet familiar with what happens...what is this?
When IE9 first comes up, you will notice how "minimalist" the interface actually is! I think they could get just a bit more artistically creative. I actually like the shortened address bars with Tabs sitting next to it on the same bar. I don't have more than 4-5 tabs open at any given time and the space is adequate for that. I was thrown by the FAVORITES, HOME & TOOLS being moved to the righthand side top of the interface. This is a radical departure from previous browsers where it is on the left top in one of the bars. It took me awhile to see that and figure it out! Also one of my favorite items in IE8 was gone, the FAVORITES BAR. I found the icons in FAVORITES and found that you have to activate the FAVORITES BAR and the COMMAND BAR as these are off by default. Right-click on that area of the interface, (righthand top), and you can set these back on. Watch the yellow star in the left corner, it adds a site to the FAVORITES BAR and doesn't bring up websites! Adobe Flash runs differently in IE9 versus IE8, and unfortunately it runs worse with more problems and is the only real negative that I've encountered with the browser up to this time. I am inclined to think this is Flash related as the last two updates have produced strange behavior of Flash even in IE8 running in Windows XP Professional! IE9 accentuates these quirks! IE9 seems to have this "thing" with add-ons! I keep getting messages about disabling my add-ons and I have disabled all the ones I don't use so the question is how do you turn that notification off? This is annoying because you've never seen a message like that in previous versions and it's something I want to leave exactly as is...yet IE9 continues to bug me about it! STOP...PLEASE! In class we did a direct comparison of Firefox 4.0 beta and the IE9 beta and currently IE9 just ran better in all areas! Also Firefox had an instability issue with Norton Internet Security 2011 on the person's machine that was running it and IE9 had no such problem. The hardware acceleration seemed faster too. The computer running the Firefox beta had more resources than my laptop and yet IE9 did everything faster and smoother in my laptop by a noticeable amount! Another thing I've noticed is considerably less "broken pages", (compatibility view issues), than IE8. It seems I don't have to use the broken page icon as much! A lot of the security changes are stiffer but they haven't negatively impacted the speed at which the browser does things at all!
In summary: My opinion is that the interface is just a bit "spartan" for my liking. It needs a little more artistic vision. At least the FAVORITES star should be yellow! That will make it easier to find! Everything seems to work...pretty well! You are still plagued by Adobe Flash problems, but these aren't browser related. So far it works awesome as an everyday use browser and it's not even a release candidate yet! This has the potential to be a stupendous browser and it's about time for Microsoft to finally do this. I recommend downloading the beta and giving it a shot...it will not disappoint!