9 Lives

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 to the public a few days ago, and the reviews seem to be, on the whole, quite favorable.

Windows users, will you try IE9? Has IE9 replaced your current browser? Share your first impressions in the comments below.

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  • MikeReply
    March 17, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I tried the beta a few months ago. I was impressed with some of it. Even if it is about 2 years behind Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera. However it had some crashing issues, so I gave up quickly.

    I will have to try it again, but it’s hard to compete with Firefox and Chrome.

  • AhitReply
    March 17, 2011 at 1:28 am

    i did try the beta…but wont be leaving Firefox for the wide range of plugins and extensions and will continue to keep IE6 as i need to test websites which i create as ie6 user base is huge.

  • RasmusReply
    March 17, 2011 at 5:14 am

    An interesting read: http://people.mozilla.com/~prouget/ie9/

  • BartimaeusReply
    March 17, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Interesting. I’m a Mac user, so the point is moot— but I will say this:

    The real test for IE9 will not be standards compliance, or speed, or how good the UI is. It’ll be security. If it turns out that Microsoft has, for once, made a truly secure product, then it looks as though they’re doing a good job of pulling their reputation up by its own bootstraps.
    I hope so for different reasons (secure IE9 = less spyware infections = less spam in MY INBOX), but that’s just me. :)

  • MikeReply
    March 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

    The old Microsoft is still here. It’s the only browser that’s only available on one OS…specifically to maintain that OS’s dominance.

  • molotovichReply
    March 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

    @mike I have to disagree with that point, people complains when mac os X (as in X version number) drops support for “old” applications, but its not the end of the world. Why should you complain now about IE9 not supporting XP?
    If MS finally discovered why their software is always unsecure we all benefit from this, im just waiting for the upgrade versions (a la mac os) that doesnt reach the US$ 300 mark for purchase (i’ve seen mac os in us$50)

    Nice cartoon as usual, bob didn’t dissapoint me

  • PaulReply
    March 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    The link provided by Rasmus certainly puts IE9 in perspective, but even before I saw that, I knew that I would use it occasionally on my work computer, but Mike, no Linux or Mac user would “see the light” and change to Windows due to any version of IE. Most but not all Mac users did use IE when it was the only installed browser on the Mac, but switched away in droves once Apple came up with Safari. MS saw the writing on the wall and discontinued IE for Mac. I get a laugh every time my wife receives a Word document in .docx format; she forwards it to me and I resave it to .doc format using Pages so she can read it with her Word 2003. Sorry MS, we won’t upgrade to a new version of Office when the old one does everything most users want just to be able to open attachments sent by others.

  • figglywigReply
    March 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    and from what I’ve read, IE9 doesn’t work on XP. Greeeaaaatttt…

  • RannekoReply
    March 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Paul, they do provide a free plug-in to 2003 which lets it open .docx files…

  • PaulReply
    March 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Ranneko: Paul, they do provide a free plug-in to 2003 which lets it open .docx files…”
    I know that, Ranneko, but my wife wants as few changes to her computer as she can, (she does get confused easily with tech stuff unless she is really motivated), and as far as she is concerned, she is comfortable with forwarding the file to me and receiving the .doc file back.

  • Jakk FrostReply
    March 19, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Funny thing to me is, the scuttlebutt I’ve been hearing lately is that Firefox has fallen out of favor. Even before IE9, I saw so many people saying “dude, you need to drop FF like a bad habit, chrome or IE ftw”

  • Theala SildorianReply
    March 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I have my students use Firefox or Safari during online exams because IE 8 was so unstable with Moodle (the electronic ‘blackboard’ my school uses) that students would get kicked out of their exam and not be able to get back in.

    That’s what I really need: stability and security. I’ll pass on IE 9 until it proves itself.

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