Microsoft has announced the release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 web browser. Let's meet the new browser and its basic functionalitiy.
Microsoft promises to offer users upgrading from Internet Explorer 8 performance improvements as well as a safer experience.
First of all, Microsoft designed the Internet Explorer 9 browser to be all-around fast. Fully hardware-accelerated graphics, text, video and audio through Windows 7 means that the same markup not only works across the Web, but also runs faster. Designed to take full advantage of the power of a computer's hardware through Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 promises to deliver dynamic experiences that are as fast as native applications installed on a computer.
With Pinned Sites, favorite websites can be accessed directly from the Windows 7 Taskbar without having to first open the browser. Users can pin sites to the Taskbar by dragging the tab or the icon to the left of the URL on the Taskbar, then find and launch those sites they access most often. When a pinned site is launched from the Taskbar, the browser frame and navigation controls integrate the site?s icon and primary color.
With JumpList, users have a quick way to get to a common website task without having to launch the browser first. For Pinned Sites where developers have created JumpList capabilities, users can create a new e-mail message, check their inbox, change their music station, accept a friend invitation or see breaking news.
In Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has reduced the frame. In addition, users are able to tear off a tab by dragging it away from the browser and also use Windows Aero Snap to position the content; a great way to show two sites or pages side by side.
One Box gives people a single place to start, whether they want to navigate to a specific site or search for a site. One Box in Internet Explorer 9 incorporates search functionality into the Address Bar. With One Box, users can navigate to a site, search for a site, switch between search providers, or access browsing history, Favorites or suggestions from search providers.
Another feature that speeds browsing is One Box Top Result. One Box Top Result helps users remember the Web address for common websites by taking them directly to the top results of their search provider without first displaying the search results page.
Built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies include:
Tracking Protection. Tracking Protection allows users to limit the browser's communication with certain websites, determined by a Tracking Protection List.
ActiveX Filtering. ActiveX is a technology that allows Web developers to create interactive content on their sites, but it also can pose a security risk. Internet Explorer 9 allows users to block ActiveX Controls for all sites and, with the new ActiveX Filtering option, turn them back on for only the sites that they trust.
Hang recovery. In Internet Explorer 9, this feature isolates the impact of a hung tab to the individual tab, so that other tabs and the overall browser continue to operate.
Compatibility View. If Internet Explorer 9 detects a website that has not specified its desired display mode, the Compatibility View button appears next to the Refresh button on the Address Bar. Pressing the Compatibility View button causes Internet Explorer 9 to switch to a legacy document mode. The state of the button is saved for that Web page, so there is no need to press it again when users return to the same page at a later time.
Automatic updates. Users can choose to have important updates installed automatically, once they are made available. Automatically installed updates can include security updates, critical updates, definition updates, update rollups and service packs through Windows Update.
Group Policy support. For IT professionals, Internet Explorer 9 continues to provide Group Policy support. With nearly 1,500 Group Policy settings, including new settings to support Windows Internet Explorer 9 features, IT professionals have the control they need to manage Internet Explorer installations after deployment.
Finally, support for HTML5, Scalable Vector Graphics, Cascading Style Sheets Level 3, ECMAScript 5 and DOM provides a new set of capabilities that will help enable developers to write one set of markup language and know that it will work and look the same in all modern browsers.