Advantage and Disadvantages of Interent Explorer 9
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:50:58 PM
One of the biggest advantage of Internet Explorer 9 over other Internet Explorer version is the support for HTML5! This feature has been widely advertised by Microsoft. HTML5 lets you play video and sound without the need of another plugin or software (like Adobe Flash player). It also allow you to do other things including play cool games without the need of flash.
Another advantage of Internet Explorer 9 (or IE9 for short) is the speed. It has been widely touted by Microsoft to be faster and slicker than other browsers. And Microsoft have come up on that promise. Its certainly faster than previous Internet Explorer 8.
With previous Internet Explorers, a hanging tab can bring down the entire browser. But with IE9, only the tag hang. You can work with any other tags.
Because IE9 is more standards than previous Internet Explorer, sites not written in standards complient HTML can look "broken" in Internet Explorer 9. For example, sites may look extremely narrow or plugins may fail to load. This can be solved by adding this tag immediately below the "<head>" tag:
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=?" />
and replace the question mark (?) with the last Internet Explorer browser that works with your website. For example, if you tested your page using IE9, add If you add this to your meta tags:
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />.
When using ctrl+b to orginize favorites, deleting a favorite does not place it in the recycle bin to restore later. In addition, IE9 does NOT confirm whether you want to delete a favorite.
In pinned tab mode, other add-ons like WOT and Norton Safe Web does not appear.
No track filtering
We can't import our custom list of block sites. There are even other providers that make .xml lists to import. I can't find any option to import those rules! Currently the no track does not extend to google ads.
As mentioned in the previous blog post, Microsoft have disabled features by default that we have grown so used to with Internet Explorer 8. For example, system sounds. In IE8, when a popup is blocked, a sound would play. But IE9 is amazingly quiet. You would have to manually enable that option in the advanced tab under internet options. Furthermore, QuickTabs is disabled by default. To enable it go to internet options and click on settings next to tabs. You would find the option there.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
Internet Explorer 9 will only work on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Those with older Windows operating system (like Windows XP) is out of luck. They would need to get other browsers like Firefox to get comparable features to IE9.
In summary despite all those gripes with Internet Explorer 9, it certainly is a formitable opponent for other browsers. Also, the advantages greatly overshadows the disadvantage. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can download it now at "http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home". If you are worried that it is still in beta, it is not. Microsoft released the final version as of 4 AM GMT on March 15, 2011 (from my experience I think they changed their website to the final version sooner than that).