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Internet Explorer 9 – Truly A Game Changer!

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The browser wars have been going on for over 15 years now, and it’s interesting to take a look back at how it all began. In 1994, I started browsing the web with Netscape. It was all the rage at the time, and Marc Andreessen became a household name.

Internet Explorer came on the scene soon after, and slowly started gaining ground. By 1999, it had taken over and become the default browser of choice. I was stubbornly sticking with Netscape, but it was becoming more and more tempermental. After getting frustrated with Netscape 4, I made the switch to IE and never looked back. RIP Netscape.

Internet Explorer was a dominant force, but there was a growing group of people fed up with the buggyness of IE. Browser crashes were frequent, but it was just accepted as part of the experience. When Firefox came out, a number of early adopters flocked to it. And as word spread about how stable and fast it was, more and more people made the switch. And eventually, so did I.

I never fully got away from IE, but I found myself using Firefox more and more. I tried Chrome and Safari (both good in their own right, just not for me), but Firefox with Adblock Plus was my preferred way to surf the web.

My new Windows 7 box came with Internet Explorer 8, and I used it for about 3 weeks before I got around to installing Firefox v3.5. Having only used IE7 before, it was a bit of an adjustment getting things to work right on IE8. A large number of sites I worked on required Compatibility Mode enabled, which was frustrating. And then I had an issue where newly opened tabs wouldn’t always load on their own. It’s a known problem that doesn’t seem to have any solution.

A buddy of mine said I should give IE9 a shot, as he had upgraded and was really happy. I did some research on IE9, and came across a very favorable review from CNET. They seemed really happy with it, and other people I talked to told similar stories. So I went ahead and pulled the trigger!

This is what I’m talking about!

Finally, the folks at Microsoft have gotten it right! And this couldn’t have come at a better time, as Firefox 4 has received lukewarm reviews. It’s a great time for Microsoft to try and recapture some of those unhappy users.. IE9 is fast, clean, and has a number of innovative features. But it’s only available to Windows 7 or Vista users, no love for you XP guys.

Read the CNET review if you want the nitty gritty. All I know is that I no longer have a need for Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. ‘Nuff said.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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  1. David Chiles

    April 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Nice post. I liked the information about the history of IE and all the new features of IE 9 are great. I look at the web browser market a little different than most. I see Microsoft in a battle to control an internet identity that should be leveraged by attracting new surfers not winning back old ones.

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