Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 this week, so I decided to take a look at it…
Google has released their latest Chrome version, Mozilla Foundation is scheduled to release Firefox 4 this coming week, but Internet Explorer is still the "standard" since it’s included with Windows.
I’m running Windows 7 64-bit version on my desktop, but I routinely use the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 8. I think I only started the 64-bit version of IE8 one time, just to see if it worked.
So, when I went to www.microsoft.com to download the new IE9 version (it hasn’t shown up in Windows Updates yet), I downloaded the 32-bit version.
When I started the installation, though, this is the message I received:
I went back to www.microsoft.com and downloaded the 64-bit version. When I started its installion, the messages was different:
Much better. Was I stuck with just the 64-bit version? Not at all.
The IE9 64-bit installer installed both the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version.
With a slight trepidation, I started the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 9. After all, Firefox is my default web browser and I stay away from IE because of its long history of security problems.
By the way, are you still using Internet Explorer 6? If so, you’re in the minority — and you’re taking unreasonable chances with your Internet security.
Internet Explorer 6 is 10 YEARS OLD! The Internet was a lot more friendly back when it was issued, although it still wasn’t a safe web browsing experience. When IE6 came out, Microsoft thought that allowing web sites to automatically install software on your computer was acceptable!
It might be in a corporate world, but strictly for the corporation’s internal web network. Certainly it wasn’t safe for the World Wide Web – thus the "drive-by download" was born, with virus, trojans, phishing and other malware being installed just because you went to a web site.
IE7, IE8 and now IE9 have added many security enhancements to try to keep you safe while web browsing or when using applications that have embedded Internet Explorer windows.
It’s long past time to update to a safer web browser than Internet Explorer 6. Even Microsoft is getting into the act, encouraging IE6 users to update to later, more secure versions of IE.
According to NetApplications data quoted on Microsoft’s IE6Countdown site, Internet Explorer 6 usage in February 2011 was down to only 12%. If you’re using IE6, it’s time for you to do your part — update to IE7, IE8 or IE9 and leave IE6 behind. I think you’ll be a lot happier.
So, what did I think of Internet Explorer 9 when I started it the first time?
I thought it was one of the ugliest programs I’ve seen.
Microsoft’s new style of minimizing the controls at the top of the program give you something of a sense of helplessness.
There was an address bar. There was also a tab indicator for the currently open tab. That was it. Of course, Windows 7’s transparency of the title section made this even uglier, as the icons on the desktop "underneath" the IE9 window showed through this new minimalistic display.
Also, even more fortunately, Microsoft did give us the ability to modify the display so we can opt to show the Menu bar, the status bar(at the bottom), the Favorites bar, and the Commands bar.
How do you make the changes? Right-click anywhere in the IE9 title bar…