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Internet Explorer 9 Beta is Ready for Download

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 49 comments

Upgrade your IE to a much better version, if you're OK with being in beta.

As promised, Microsoft has released the first public beta of Internet Explorer 9.

Along with the first beta is the reveal of the new UI, which Microsoft boasts very proudly is focused on the content of the website and not the browser software itself. That doesn't mean that the browser is light on features, however, as IE9 integrates very well with Windows 7.

Now users can pin websites directly onto the taskbar, which can have their own unique jump lists. Websites can also program in badge notifications to the icons when they reside on the taskbar, which sounds like it'd be great for web-based mail.

Check out more about IE9 at Microsoft's specially launched site beautyoftheweb.com and grab the download links here.

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    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 8:16 PM
    I'm pretty sure if you are Ok with 'being in beta' you would be using a different browser already.
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  • 11 Hide
    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 8:16 PM
    I'm pretty sure if you are Ok with 'being in beta' you would be using a different browser already.
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    jimmysmitty , September 15, 2010 8:21 PM
    Already got it. Its pretty nice. Need to mess with it at home where I have an actual decent internet connection.
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    enzo matrix , September 15, 2010 8:22 PM
    Uhh wtf. Why is the default zoom 105%?
    Also, why must I reboot after installing?

    On the plus side, it uses all 4 CPU cores, unlike chrome and is fast. Still, the top bar would suck for multiple tabs if my screen were any smaller than 1080p.

    Lol. The new tab looks exactly like in chrome.

    Interestingly, the only thing that has never gotten me away from chrome is that little feature they have where if you are closing a tab at the top and you have enough tabs open for the resize, they all stay small until you move your mouse out of the top bar. This makes closing very specific 20/30 tabs very quick and easy.
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    queequeeg , September 15, 2010 8:55 PM
    As an explorer user, there is a lot here to like.
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    mykem , September 15, 2010 9:16 PM
    I've got it installed. Rock solid for me and very nice. I especially love that I can drag a tab out of the browser window to open it in a new browser window.. and.. then I can drag the tab back to combine it back in. Very cool and very useful! The speed improvements are also incredible. This is the most responsive browser I've ever run. I'm seriously considering ditching Firefox.
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    Cy-Kill , September 15, 2010 9:22 PM
    Anyone having any problems when it's downloading, it gets to the "q" in required and just stops?
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    Bolbi , September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
    mykemI've got it installed. Rock solid for me and very nice. I especially love that I can drag a tab out of the browser window to open it in a new browser window.. and.. then I can drag the tab back to combine it back in. Very cool and very useful! The speed improvements are also incredible. This is the most responsive browser I've ever run. I'm seriously considering ditching Firefox.

    Um, Firefox does that tab-dragging thing, too. Besides, have you tried Firefox 4 beta? The latest Firefox 4 beta and the IE 9 beta are neck-and-neck in speed (so are Opera, Safari, and Chrome for that matter, with Chrome being on top right now).
    Before anyone asks, yes I have tried IE 9 beta already. I just don't see any huge advantages that it has over Firefox 4 beta, and in Firefox I have all those wonderful extensions...
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    TunaSoda , September 15, 2010 10:00 PM
    Internet Explorer 9 Beta is Ready for the Recycle Bin...
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    marciocattini , September 15, 2010 10:04 PM
    Plus I love the ctrl + Q feature that has been around since ie7, although firefox has taken it to a whole new level, and even started using a different shortcut (ctrl + space) I guess not that many people knew about it.
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    thechief73 , September 15, 2010 11:22 PM
    Looks and sounds promising, nice job MS. I would love to try it out and see how good it really is but I am stuck with XP until my next build. :-(

    I just havent had the guts yet to try a switch to another browser(I know they all have thier strengths and weaknesses) but I have used IE since I had internet access.
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    turbolover22 , September 15, 2010 11:26 PM
    marciocattiniPlus I love the ctrl + Q feature that has been around since ie7, although firefox has taken it to a whole new level, and even started using a different shortcut (ctrl + space) I guess not that many people knew about it.


    So what does Ctrl + Space do in Firefox?? I tried it and it didn't appear to do anything. (Also tried Ctrl + Q to see if I was missing something).

    Guess I just activated some nasty backdoor into my computer since it 'didn't look like it did anything'. Oh well, I was on my work computer anyways.
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    jimmysmitty , September 15, 2010 11:48 PM
    gmcd2210LOLAnother rubbish product out for the masses to get some free testing and debugging.I will be sticking with Chrome or FireFox. security, no compatibility issues and a hell of a lot less buggy.


    Um last time I checked, Chrome and FF were FREE programs that also have a report tool when you run into a bug.....

    So when you report a bug to Mozilla, do you get paid? Nope.

    BTW, you should probably actually try IE9. Its pretty damn nice and so far runs pretty fast. I would rather have IE9 be a GOOD browser so that FF will try to be better as well.

    Also, Chrome, like all Google software, installs awesome intrusive software in the background. Enjoy it.
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    sabot00 , September 16, 2010 12:08 AM
    Enzo MatrixUhh wtf. Why is the default zoom 105%?Also, why must I reboot after installing?On the plus side, it uses all 4 CPU cores, unlike chrome and is fast. Still, the top bar would suck for multiple tabs if my screen were any smaller than 1080p.Lol. The new tab looks exactly like in chrome.Interestingly, the only thing that has never gotten me away from chrome is that little feature they have where if you are closing a tab at the top and you have enough tabs open for the resize, they all stay small until you move your mouse out of the top bar. This makes closing very specific 20/30 tabs very quick and easy.


    They stay small in Google Chrome too.
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    kelemvor4 , September 16, 2010 12:15 AM
    /spit IE9. Still no ICC Color profile support. BOO.
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    marciocattini , September 16, 2010 1:40 AM
    jimmysmittyUm last time I checked, Chrome and FF were FREE programs that also have a report tool when you run into a bug.....So when you report a bug to Mozilla, do you get paid? Nope.BTW, you should probably actually try IE9. Its pretty damn nice and so far runs pretty fast. I would rather have IE9 be a GOOD browser so that FF will try to be better as well.Also, Chrome, like all Google software, installs awesome intrusive software in the background. Enjoy it.


    ctrl + Q on IE displays all open tabs kind of like exposé on mac.
    on firefox 4 beta ctrl + space lets u arrange tabs intro groups and you can select which groups will show up and maximized into the programs main window.
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    marciocattini , September 16, 2010 1:48 AM
    turbolover22So what does Ctrl + Space do in Firefox?? I tried it and it didn't appear to do anything. (Also tried Ctrl + Q to see if I was missing something).Guess I just activated some nasty backdoor into my computer since it 'didn't look like it did anything'. Oh well, I was on my work computer anyways.


    sorry quoted the wrong person...
    here´s a screen shot :D 

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    marciocattini , September 16, 2010 1:49 AM
    http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/4877/ctrlq.png
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