Internet Explorer (Windows 7 32-bit)

Internet Explorer (Windows 7 32-bit)

Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 872 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9 beta 1
  • Total Downloads:
    3,776,404
  • Date Added:
    September 15, 2010
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,610
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 7/32-bit

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First Take:

After several months of teasing Internet Explorer's upgrade with a series of feature-free developer's previews, Microsoft has unleashed on the world an Internet Explorer 9 beta (32-bit Windows 7; 64-bit Windows 7; 32-bit Windows Vista; 64-bit Windows Vista) with some impressive new features. Like any properly named beta, though, there are also some bugs to be ironed out.

This is the biggest overhaul to the browser since Internet Explorer 7 landed. The changes to the interface are enormous, the browser's overall usability has greatly improved, it's more secure, and it's significantly faster and more standards compliant.

Performance
That last point is a key issue, as the majority stakeholder in Windows browser usage finally enters the all-out war between browser publishers. What will come as a surprise to people who didn't check out the Internet Explorer 9 technical previews is that IE, long known for its struggle with standards compliance, has made serious strides in the other direction. HTML5 receives a lot of love from IE in the beta, including support for the < video >, < audio >, and < canvas > tags, and better support for DOM, CSS3, and ECMAScript5. While this may sound like alphabet soup to some, the importance can't be understated: when browser makers split on how to render code, it can make a single site look odd or function improperly across browsers.

Internet Explorer 9 beta has gotten fast, too, becoming the second browser--along with Firefox 4 beta--to offer full hardware acceleration. (Note that Internet Explorer claims it's the only one to do so, while Mozilla offers a strong rebuttal that Microsoft is overstating its case.) Google Chrome has so far implemented only partial hardware acceleration, although it has plans to complete the task.

Hardware acceleration of the variety currently implemented in the Firefox and Internet Explorer betas allows the browser to shove certain rendering tasks onto the computer's graphics processing unit (GPU), freeing up CPU resources while making page rendering and animations load faster. These tasks include composition support, rendering support, and desktop compositing.

JavaScript plays a major role in the Web, and Internet Explorer 9's new Chakra engine combined with the GPU acceleration gives the browser some serious rocket fuel. On WebKit's SunSpider 0.9.1 JavaScript benchmark test, IE9 beta averaged 379.4 milliseconds over three cold-boot runs. On the same Windows 7 computer, Internet Explorer averaged 5,236.6 over three cold-boot runs, nearly 14 times faster and just a hair slower than Chrome dev 7.0.517.5 and Opera 10.62.

The new Add-On Performance Advisor takes the IE8 feature of exposing add-on load time and warns you if a particular add-on is slowing down your browsing session by more than 0.2 second. You can adjust that time to one of several presets from the same menu that you can disable an add-on.

Interface
Internet Explorer aficionados have mostly likely already seen screenshots of the interfaces when Microsoft's Russian subsidiary leaked the look a few weeks ago. The interface has undergone an enormous change, following the trend of minimizing the layout to maximize screen space. Microsoft takes an interestingly different approach than its competitors, which placed the tabs above the location bar. In IE9, the tabs reside on the same row as the location bar.

This results in a cramped feel that other minimalist interfaces avoid. It may work for some people, but the experience suffers from an otherwise unnecessary shortening of the location bar and a limited amount of space available for tabs. If you only have a handful of tabs open at a time, you might not mind. If you're the kind of user who runs dozens of tabs simultaneously, you might want to consider becoming a different kind of browser user if you can't let go of your IE addiction. It quickly becomes difficult to distinguish multiple tabs.

Besides that drawback, IE's new look is quite usable. The stop and refresh buttons have been shrunk to take up as little space as possible while still being visible. It's a bit curious that Microsoft didn't combine them into one, as other browsers have. The cramped location-and-tab bar could use all the extra space it can get.

Most items in the Command bar, such as print, page controls, and safety controls have been collapsed into the redesigned Tools menu. Only the Home button and the Favorites button retain their own top-level icons. As with other browsers, the status bar is hidden by default, although it and the Command bar can be re-exposed by right-clicking on the Tab bar.

The new Tools menu is highly usable, as well, with a clean and simple layout. The Internet Options menu, on the other hand, could desperately use some font resizing and re-organizing, because it's a chaotic mess of options that are hard to read and harder to find.

Firefox fans will no doubt enjoy that IE9 has a larger "back" button than "forward," mimicking Mozilla's browser interface.

Features
Internet Explorer 9 is crammed with new features. One of the interesting concepts implemented by Microsoft is a reversal of the current trend to make the browser the operating system. Internet Explorer comes with some natural-fitting Windows 7 integration. In IE9, you can pin specific sites to your Windows 7 desktop taskbar. Click and hold on a tab, and drag it to the taskbar. The site's favicon will become the pinned site icon.

Pinned sites by default re-color IE9's Aero glass-style interface based on the color schemes in the site's favicon, which is a neat little trick. If coded properly, a site can customize the jump list links. You can currently see what this looks like if you pin CNN.com to your taskbar. I didn't see thumbnail preview media controls in action, but Microsoft says that the feature should be available to sites that want to implement the API. Pinned Web mail sites, for example, will be able to show in-box counts on the Windows 7 taskbar.

IE9 takes Internet Explorer's tab sandboxing and gives it Chrome-style "ripping," so that you can drag a tab to create a new browser window. IE's tabs allow the user to rip them off and immediately Aero Snap them to either side of the browser, useful for looking at two sites simultaneously.

Again, like its competitors, Microsoft attempts to re-brand the location bar thanks to bolstering it with search features. Internet Explorer's "OneBox," as the company is calling it, combines the search box with the location bar. You can navigate to a site, search for sites, or look at browsing history or favorites. You can also change search providers at the bottom, which is a slick merge of the old search bar functionality into the location bar. By default, the OneBox won't remember your keystrokes. If you let it, though, you'll get additional search suggestions.

Notifications in IE9 have taken on an entirely different look. Small and minimalist, they appear at the bottom of the browser and don't stop you from browsing. Tab sandboxing will not only prevent a single tab crash from taking down the whole browser, but IE9 will ask if you want to resurrect the tab, too.

A new "New Tab" page lets you resurrect closed tabs and previous browsing sessions, as well as provide large versions of your most frequently-visited Web sites' favicons for quick access. It feels a bit empty and lacks deep customization, but it's a step in the right direction. It's appreciated that when you mouse over a site's favicon, you're told how in general terms frequently you visit the page. Annoyingly, IE9 lacks a radio button in the Tools menu to make about:Tabs, the new tab page address, your default home page. You can type it in manually, which is certainly easy but not effortless and makes the page just a bit harder to reach.

The new Download Manager incorporates reputation-based security, to accelerate the pace at which you can install a new download if not speeding up the download itself. This means that well-known files, such as installers from trusted vendors, will cause fewer warnings if any to pop up.

Other bugs
However, at least in my experience on a laptop running 32-bit Windows 7, I found Internet Explorer 9 beta to be shockingly unstable. Despite restarting the computer, uninstalling and reinstalling the browser, and closing all other running programs, IE9 beta crashed with disappointing frequency. It was too frequent to believe that Microsoft would release a beta that was so wobbly, but the browser would freeze on me when opening tabs, closing tabs, switching tabs, adjusting settings, or performing searches.

It's likely that this has a lot to do with the multitude of software that I install and remove, but interestingly I found the session recovery feature on the IE9 new tab page to be more than effective at resurrecting whatever tabs had been closed.

Conclusion
This first beta of Internet Explorer 9 continues Microsoft's trend of pushing out betas that are highly usable. 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.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 77 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 26
  • All Versions

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    out of 872 votes

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1 stars

"Why?Just,why?"

June 22, 2014  |  By mikoyangurevich15

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

Can`t even fathom what would be even vaguely positive about this.

Cons

Has more cons than the Florida State Penitentiary!

Summary

I wish I could give this thing "no stars" I have jokingly have labeled the shortcut as "Malware Catcher".Not far from the truth.

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1 stars

"One star is a gift.... and only because it's Christmas!"

December 19, 2013  |  By wyzwyk

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

There is really not much about this browser that appeals to me other than the fact it's fast to open and it's quick at rendering pages.

Cons

Compared to Firefox this browser seems totally devoid of features! I think IE remains popular with those users who are either totally ignorant there are better choices, those that are pathetically lazy, those paralyzed with fear to make a change, the apathetic who will never try anything new, and the brain dead who couldn't do anything new even if they wanted to. Those folks who are "with it" don't use this browser.

Summary

I am a Linux user and unless I set up and use a virtual box. I don't have the option to use Internet Explorer. That's no loss! The only time I play around with IE is when I visit one of the few friends I have who still use it, and there aren't many who do. On my system I have Firefox loaded with over 60 extensions. They provide me with all sorts of useful features and functions. When I use IE it feels primitive by comparison, like I've been transported back in time..... a time of stone knives and bearskins!

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3 stars

"Meh..... Alright I guess."

November 03, 2013  |  By weegee2899

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

Not that much.

Cons

Can give you the bsod on windows 7.
Has extreme security flaws.
Not very compatible with java.
Many more glitches and bugs.

Summary

Google chrome is better than IE.

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5 stars

"my only browser"

August 12, 2013  |  By Windows78

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

-Beautiful UI
-Doenst crash oftenly as Chrome
-Fast loading websites

Cons

I dont have any complaints on IE works flawlessly

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4 stars

"Ihave windows7 64 bit andIE9. I and Iam relativelyhapp"

June 29, 2013  |  By Bruce5150

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

I have very few problems with IE9 in contrast with some of the other reviewerss If there are flaws in it my Norton 360 prevents it Twice I upgraded to IE10 and twice I camehome to #9 It does what I want it to do! 'Nuff said

Cons

For a while It seemed to crash frequently. Some Registry tweaks and it what I call closest thing to perfect as possible. Unless 10 gets anb update, and works, I'm sticking with my old and RELIABLE IE9! Thank you for reading my review.

Summary

Great Browser!

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3 stars

"LOVE CHROME, CAUSE IE-10 HAD HANG-UPS WORSE THAN IE-9"

May 24, 2013  |  By aloneinelcajon

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

Went back to IE-9 after IE-10 had constant hang-ups for playing games on Facebook. IE-9 was suggested by the website that powers Facebook games. Google Chrome the BEST browser ever, Mozilla Firefox not bad just have to keep reloading damned thing. Plus I get Google Toolbar back.....priceless.

Cons

IE-9 doesn't have as many hang-ups as IE-10, so uninstalled IE-10 & went back to IE-9. Still have problems occasionally, but NOT as many as IE-10 with my Windows 7 I upgraded to from Windows XP. Even freezes when you least expect it.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I HATE THAT & TICKS ME OFF TO NO END!

Summary

Very useful filling out forms, etc. But, bottom line is? I basically use it for my eBay account, yahoo, maybe MSN. When it comes to the BEST for gaming performance, hands down is Google Chrome, or Firefox for games on Facebook, for some reason IE-9 doesn't hold a candle to those TWO websites for game playing Words With Friends, Bejeweled & Solitaire Blitz, etc..

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4 stars

"An indispensable tool"

February 23, 2013  |  By whoda_thunkit

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

-very secure
-more compatible than any other browser
-lighter than most
-more privacy friendly than chrome

Cons

-not very customizable
-not very convenient

Summary

Do you fill out FAFSA forms? Do you fill out immigration forms?
Are you angry when your chrome, opera doesn't render the employment website form properly and then you open IE which you and your buddies make fun of?
Welcome to reality because the fact is that Internet Explorer is recommended by embassies when you're filling online passport forms, recommended by schools during registration?
Why? Because it works.
Internet Explorer isn't a browser you're going to use everyday for checking your email, entertainment, visiting sites like cnet but it does serve its purpose.
The activexfiltering and smartscreen filter out many malicious scripts and websites. Does it mean you can ditch your web protection AV? No but it helps.
There was a time when Google Chrome was hte undisputed king in browser security. Hackers at security conferences remarked how they could hack any browser but Chrome. Well, we hadn't experienced December 21 2012 then, Michael Jackson was still alive.
Google Chrome has been brought down to earth.
Perhaps Google software engineers have been spending too much time on quick android releases.
IE is slated by hipsters, young kids who don't do anything constructive but watch gangnam style on youtube.
people in the real world know how useful it is.

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4 stars

"works great"

February 16, 2013  |  By jontezz721

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

I had no problems with Explorer, it's simple to navigate, has a clean interface, and is reasonably fast. One of the easiest browsers on the market today and unlike Mozilla and Chrome, it doesn't eat up a ton of memory while your browsing.

Cons

I have no complaints other than the lack of add-ons, and customization is limited. Not as blazing fast as Chrome but it is more stable.

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1 stars

"Does not work no matter how much time I spend on it."

February 07, 2013  |  By irishspirit7

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

There are no PROS as it will not function!

Cons

If it does not work I suspect that is a huge CON!

Summary

I use Chrome and although would like to have the option to use IE at this point I have no idea what I could do to get it to work.

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5 stars

"Way way better tham previous versions"

January 23, 2013  |  By Spirallingspiral

 |  Version: Internet Explorer 9

Pros

Faster than all its previous versions.

Cons

i dont see any yet

Summary

I had to post an opinion about ie 9 here because my 1st impression about it is that its GREAT. i dont know why people whine and cry without even using that much or just because they got stuck twice or thrice prolly cos of their own dumb brain or their wooden pcs. I agree till ie 8 it was slow and frustrating but surprisingly ie 9 is a great change. People generally got a bad impression about ie which has carried on to ie 9 aswell. So im saying again in MY opinion its completely decent.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9 beta 1
  • Streamlined design
  • Pinned Sites
  • Download Manager
  • Enhanced tabs
  • New Tab page
  • Search in the address bar
  • Notification Bar
  • Add-on Performance Advisor
  • Hardware acceleration
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date September 15, 2010
Date Added September 15, 2010
Version 9 beta 1
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows
Additional Requirements None
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Popularity
Total Downloads 3,776,404
Downloads Last Week 3,610
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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