Internet Explorer 9 is finally here. There are several new features available in IE 9. Did you know IE 9 broke the record for the most downloaded internet browser software downloaded in one day? It’s going in the Guinness World Book for Records. I am very happy to say that IE 9 is here because that means less headaches to me as a web designer and developer. Unfortunately, it will take some time before the vast majority of technology adopters to fully upgrade to Internet Explorer 9.
With CSS3 being adapted, developers may now utilize the radius corners, gradients, shadows, and @font-face through all the major browsers now.
IE 9 allows you to pin your favorite web sites to the Windows 7 taskbar in a manner that is similar to the way you pin favorite applications. So your taskbar can contain a mixture of shortcuts for both local, Windows-based applications and web-based applications like Gmail, Amazon, and even the SuperSite for Windows. This mirrors the way you really work on your PC, and is thus logical and intuitive.
Internet Explorer 9 includes a completely redesigned Notification Bar that now appears on the bottom of the browser window, allowing you to continue reading and browsing the web and deal with notifications on your own schedule. As with many other new IE 9 features, the Notification Bar is less distracting than the feature it replaces.
While Internet Explorer’s rivals have had download managers for years, users of the Microsoft browser have had to suffer along with a more limited and less useful downloading capability. Until now, that is: With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft is finally adding a download manager to the dominant web browser line. And while they may be late to the game, IE 9’s download manager is, as you might expect, quite a bit more capable than those of its rivals.
Like other browsers, Internet Explorer 9 dispenses with the traditionally separate address bar and search box, replacing both with a single control that Microsoft calls the One Box. The IE 9 One Box provides a single place for getting started, whether that means navigating to a particular site or searching for a site, term, or phrase.
The Add-on Performance Advisor is a new UI in the browser that provides a handy way to help users decide which add-ons to disable. The more add-ons you have installed and enabled, the slower the browser gets. But because the previous UI for determining add-on performance was essentially hidden, few users took advantage of this functionality. So in IE 9, a new Add-on Performance Advisor notification will pop-up automatically when you launch the browser and one or more add-ons exceeds a pre-set performance threshold.