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IE9 to be released Monday March 14


Last Edited: March 11, 2011, 10:40 am

Internet Explorer version 9 (IE9) will be offically released by Microsoft on Monday, March 14.  Downloads will be available starting at 12 noon Eastern Time (9:00 p.m. Pacific Time) Monday.

I've been using and testing IE9 for the past year, as Microsoft has been releasing beta copies of IE9 during its development.  I have been extremely impressed with the results, and I can happily say that IE9 is a really nice browser, worthy of becoming your primary browser.

It's going to be a tough decision if I want to stick with Google Chrome as my default browser, or switch to IE9.  Both are excellent and both are fast.  For most sites, I think Chrome has an edge in performance, because it has such a fast JavaScript engine.  IE9 also has a fast JavaScript engine, but not as fast as Chrome.  IE9 does beat Chrome in graphics performance, but not in basic rendering of pages.

Honestly, the performance of either browser will be just fine for anyone, IMHO.  It's going to come down to how you like the browser features and interface.  Also, I personally like how Chrome continues to get updated frequently during the year.  Microsoft releases a new browser, and then refuses to add features to it until the next major release.  That's pretty annoying.

Anyway, I do recommend that even if IE9 will not be your primary (default) browser, that you download and install it when it becomes available on Monday.  It's really good.

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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - March 11, 2011, 12:58 pm
I thought I was using 8 but the pop up I get is inviting me to get 8 I think. So, should I install 8 before going to 9? I guess now I have IE7?
jarasanComment by jarasan - March 11, 2011, 1:30 pm
That sounds great! I just started putting Chrome onto some of my client systems. Tiger if you click on help on your IE browser, then select about IE it tells you the version and you can check your system info.
ToddComment by Todd - March 11, 2011, 7:56 pm
TigerAngel: check the help forum for an article on turning off IE7 mode. Also, be sure to update to IE9 Monday! Forgot to mention that IE9 is only available for Windows Vista and Windows 7. XP users are not in luck.
truecriticComment by truecritic - March 11, 2011, 8:20 pm
Hands-on: Chrome 10 pushes the browser speed barrier - Computerworld:

According to this article, IE9 javascript (274.6 milliseconds) should be faster?
And even Opera (309.97 milliseconds) beat Chrome (312.23 milliseconds) - although certainly undetectable by the seat of your pants - the author gives it a dead-heat to Chrome.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - March 12, 2011, 12:33 am
Thanx Jarasan and Todd. I clicked on Help, About IE and it says I have 8. I was thrown because awhile back I phoned the local puter repair store to ask a question and the guy kept saying there was no IE8! LOL

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