Just last night Internet Explorer 9 released. Freshly out of beta and ready for release, you can download it, and try it out for yourself. Ive got to tell you that I am a proud user of Google Chrome and have been since about last summer, and the two years before that I was an avid user of FireFox. I honestly didnt use IE8 at all until I was required to for several purposes here at Pinnacle. Let me just paint the picture a little more clearly for you I am not an Internet Explorer fan. So when I heard that Microsoft was coming out with a new version of Internet Explorer so soon after the release of IE8 I wasnt impressed, in fact, I didnt even download the beta, or any of the release candidates.
Only seconds after the restart I quickly realized that Microsoft had jumped back into the browser wars. I was shocked to see how fast the internet moves in IE9, making the transitions between sites fluid and simple.
The navigation bar along the top is quite reminiscent of Chrome, removing the search box altogether and combining it with the address bar for simple searching capabilities.
The default settings do not include a status bar along the bottom of the browser window, as to allow for more website viewing. As of yet, I havent found a way to turn that function on.
There are several ways that Microsoft has integrated IE9 into Windows 7, least of which is the ability to pin your favorite websites to the taskbar for direct access. Also there is some functionality with the Windows snap feature to better handle on the fly resizing of content on the page.
I wanted to check what Microsoft had been saying about the CSS3 and HTML5 functionality of IE9 so I went to a couple of independent sites css3.info and html5test.com. Microsoft claims complete CSS3 compatibility and it checks out wonderfully. CSS3.info, says that out of 547 tests IE9 has implemented all 547 css3 elements. Although, Html5test.com states that IE9 only scores 130 out of 400 on HTML5 support, which I guess isnt too bad, but hopefully we will get some updates to include the new and important form elements.
All around IE9 is worth the upgrade from IE8, and you might actually see some leave the worlds of FireFox and Chrome, I know Im thinking about it. Have you tried IE9 yet, what do you think?