Internet Explorer 9 Beta is Ready for Download

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
    I'm pretty sure if you are Ok with 'being in beta' you would be using a different browser already.
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  • Anonymous
    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
    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
    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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