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IE9 beta launched

IE9 beta launched

If you've installed the public beta of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has some toys for you to enjoy.

Microsoft has officially launched the first public beta of Internet Explorer 9, and there are some pretty impressive features - though nothing particularly surprising - awaiting eager testers.

Announced on the official IE Developer Blog yesterday, Internet Explorer Public Beta 1 adds a raft of new features to Microsoft's default browser - including graphics acceleration, which is enabled by default to deliver a speedier experience.

The user interface has been overhauled too, with a pinning mechanic added, similar to the one used for applications in Windows 7, which allows sites to be pinned to the task bar. Interestingly, Microsoft appears to have taken a leaf out of Google Chrome's book and added functionality for sites to launch OS-embedded alerts when they're pinned to the taskbar, bringing your attention to them without stealing focus.

With an overhauled interface, the team behind IE9 claims that a lightweight look means that the user's attention is directed at the page rather than the browser, providing a much smoother experience of the Web.

Fans of the Aero Snap feature of Windows 7, which allows windows to be dragged to certain areas to be automatically resized to exactly fill half the screen, will be pleased to hear that the same functionality has been added to Internet Explorer - only rather than affecting entire windows, it affects tabs, and allows users to easily see two tabs side by side.

Windows users can download the beta from the not at all pretentious BeautyOfTheWeb.com site. Once it's installed, Microsoft hosts a test drive to walk you through the new features and have a play with HTML 5.

Will you be installing the new beta, or will you wait for others to iron out the inevitable bugs before upgrading? Is this too little, too late from Microsoft to tempt you back from your alternative browser? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Nedsbeds 16th September 2010, 10:35 Quote
I'm sorry, but your article is simply not as in depth as the BBC article. You haven't explained it at all well. Good job we have the BBC's technical reporters to mop up after you......
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IE9 contains a range of new features, many of which are designed to make the browser perform more like an application - the small programs commonly found on smartphones.
msm722 16th September 2010, 10:37 Quote
Not bad for a beta, but I think it lacks customization like firefox and chrome. I'm really liking the look of it though, but I'm not convinced that having tabs on the same level as the search bar works too well.

Does anyone else find it annoying that the back button has the bottom chopped off?
s_tether 16th September 2010, 10:48 Quote
Boo! it doesn't work on XP on my work PC !
fingerbob69 16th September 2010, 10:48 Quote
So should I download this and Adobe 64bit and run 'em together?
scott_chegg 16th September 2010, 10:54 Quote
"Fans of the Aero Snap feature of Windows 7, which allows windows to be dragged to certain areas to be automatically resized to exactly fill half the screen, will be pleased to hear that the same functionality has been added to Internet Explorer - only rather than affecting entire windows, it affects tabs, and allows users to easily see two tabs side by side."

I've been waiting for this since tabs were introduced to IE! Installing now. Be right back!
proxess 16th September 2010, 11:06 Quote
So I installed this yesterday and I have to say I'm quite impressed. Speedy, responsive, no-sheit GUI, M$ have outdone themselves. Shame there isn't that Firefox pimp-my-browser feel to it.

On the other hand, I ran Firefox 4.0 Beta 6 with Direct2D enabled, and it didn't do too bad on the IE9 testsite (about half the performance, but then again, I have no idea how M$ made the site...).
Snips 16th September 2010, 11:11 Quote
I like it having only used it for half an hour or so. As this is only the first Beta, I'm sure the customization will come before final release.

Nice one Microsoft!
GravitySmacked 16th September 2010, 11:18 Quote
Had a quick play with it and so far so good. I doubt it will make me shift from Firefox but it's a big step in the right direction.
scott_chegg 16th September 2010, 11:26 Quote
So far it's great.
NickCPC 16th September 2010, 11:26 Quote
All my favourites and settings and passwords are all in Firefox, so as above I doubt I'll be making a full migration - but for a beta, I'm very impressed. It genuinely does feel snappy, the UI is good and even on sites like scan.co.uk, you seem to be able to feel the GPU acceleration working (when you click the product links on the top of the site - the popup window opening transition feels smoother than in FF3.6). As above, more customisation would be nice, but I'm sure that'll come if IE9 delivers in RTW. EDIT - Also 95/100 in Acid3 is nice :P
proxess 16th September 2010, 11:43 Quote
It imports settings from Firefox, in case you're curious. Also I'd recommend keeping that stuff on xmarks (which works with IE, FF, Chrome and Safari).
Hustler 16th September 2010, 14:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
It imports settings from Firefox, in case you're curious. Also I'd recommend keeping that stuff on xmarks (which works with IE, FF, Chrome and Safari).

Lol...except whenever i try and import all my bookmarks from Firefox, it either crashes or will only import the basic, after 1st install, bookmarks...not the 150 odd other bookmarks i have.
Snips 16th September 2010, 16:36 Quote
The rest of the day has been pretty much incident free using IE9.

Can't really see how some are saying they will never move from FF just from an afternoon of the Beta version. I feel even at this early stage IE9 ticks all the boxes and some more that FF and Chrome don't.
GravitySmacked 16th September 2010, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips

Can't really see how some are saying they will never move from FF just from an afternoon of the Beta version. I feel even at this early stage IE9 ticks all the boxes and some more that FF and Chrome don't.

I don't believe anyone has said that.
impar 16th September 2010, 16:49 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Snips
I feel even at this early stage IE9 ticks all the boxes and some more that FF and Chrome don't.
You can tick the box of IE9 Beta screwing All CPU Meter gadget.
Snips 16th September 2010, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by GravitySmacked
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Originally Posted by Snips

Can't really see how some are saying they will never move from FF just from an afternoon of the Beta version. I feel even at this early stage IE9 ticks all the boxes and some more that FF and Chrome don't.

I don't believe anyone has said that.

Sorry reading too many forums saying this and correct no one above has said never, just not convinced by it and making like for like comparisons against current full versions and this Beta version.

My All CPU meter seems to be working fine. What's yours doing?
impar 16th September 2010, 18:26 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Snips
My All CPU meter seems to be working fine. What's yours doing?
My was just a grey box. Others have reported it too.
RichCreedy 16th September 2010, 18:52 Quote
i like the way that if a website link opens another window, you can grab the tab, and move it next to another tab on a different window
enciem 16th September 2010, 20:00 Quote
Can't say I like it. It now looks a bit like chrome except doesn't seem as fast
Jedra 16th September 2010, 20:49 Quote
I can report that All CPU Meter (3.2) is broken as well - just a grey box and occasionally 'bits' of the graph start to show but nothing else.
Embattle 16th September 2010, 21:40 Quote
I would use the 64bit version but it seems a little slow compared to the 32bit version, on things like sunspider on my computer it was 4 times slower.
Snips 17th September 2010, 09:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jedra
I can report that All CPU Meter (3.2) is broken as well - just a grey box and occasionally 'bits' of the graph start to show but nothing else.

But isn't that All CPU Meter job to make their gadget compatible with IE9? Mine was fine as I was still using the previous version which is unaffected.
impar 17th September 2010, 10:31 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Snips
But isn't that All CPU Meter job to make their gadget compatible with IE9?
Compatible with Beta software?

What bothered me most was the revelation/confirmation of how deep Windows 7 still depends on IE engine for such simple task as a gadget.
Snips 17th September 2010, 11:18 Quote
Hi impar

I don't think that is too much of a problem given everyone is predicting "Cloud" computing is the way forward. I think it just needed a browser linked into the gadget to check whether it needs an update.

Isn't the whole point of Beta testing to see what works and what needs updating to work with it?

This particular gadget in question isn't a microsoft produced gadget so maybe they are working on what's needed to work right now.

What's strange though is the gadget previous version is working fine?
impar 17th September 2010, 11:34 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Snips
What's strange though is the gadget previous version is working fine?
Does the previous version monitors CPU speed?
Golygus 17th September 2010, 12:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nedsbeds
I'm sorry, but your article is simply not as in depth as the BBC article. You haven't explained it at all well. Good job we have the BBC's technical reporters to mop up after you......
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IE9 contains a range of new features, many of which are designed to make the browser perform more like an application - the small programs commonly found on smartphones.

HAHAHA :)

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i like the way that if a website link opens another window, you can grab the tab, and move it next to another tab on a different window

just IE playing catchup with FF... which you can also pull tabs to make new windows...
Jedra 17th September 2010, 14:04 Quote
Regarding All CPU Meter - I was not suggesting that it not working was the fault of the developers or Microsoft, Neither will it stop me from keeping IE9 beta installed! I was merely pointing out the fact that CPU Meter 3.2 does not work! I am sure this will be resolved in time for public release of the final code.

IE9 is looking good. I hate the back/forward buttons though - they look unfinished, which as it's a Beta I suspect they are!
Gareth Halfacree 17th September 2010, 17:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nedsbeds
I'm sorry, but your article is simply not as in depth as the BBC article. You haven't explained it at all well. Good job we have the BBC's technical reporters to mop up after you......
I promise to try harder next time. Six or seven more beers ought to do the trick...
Nedsbeds 17th September 2010, 18:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
I promise to try harder next time. Six or seven more beers ought to do the trick...

That, or falling down the stairs on your head
Yemerich 17th September 2010, 21:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Golygus
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Originally Posted by Nedsbeds
I'm sorry, but your article is simply not as in depth as the BBC article. You haven't explained it at all well. Good job we have the BBC's technical reporters to mop up after you......
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IE9 contains a range of new features, many of which are designed to make the browser perform more like an application - the small programs commonly found on smartphones.

HAHAHA :)

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i like the way that if a website link opens another window, you can grab the tab, and move it next to another tab on a different window

just IE playing catchup with FF... which you can also pull tabs to make new windows...
And FF catching up with Chrome. I can't wait until the next Chrome! Gotta love the competition!

Btw, is the downloading REALLY slow? like taking literally HOURS to complete? Tried 3 times now and gived up all three
RichCreedy 18th September 2010, 11:24 Quote
nope wasnt slow for me, but i did download it, right after it was released, so maybe i beat the rush
impar 20th September 2010, 10:07 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Jedra
I am sure this will be resolved in time for public release of the final code.
All CPU Meter 3.3 works well with IE9 Beta.
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