Internet Explorer 9 (Beta) Is Out!

Personally, I'm a Firefox user as the web developer toolbar and Firebug is a must-have for a web designer/developer and, also, appreciate what Mozilla does for web.

Right, these tools or similar ones also exist on other browsers like Chrome (which can be my next browser with the performance offered).

There are also other great ones like Opera or Safari and it is very normal not to consider IE at all as every version used to come with its own issues.

Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Maybe, this can be changing as Internet Explorer 9 Beta is out with serious improvements like:

  • new and faster JavaScript engine
  • support for HTML5, CSS3 and SVG
  • simpler UI
  • and multiple features for faster browsing

It is not hard to guess that IE9 is still not a strong option for web designers/developers with the lack of dev-tools and reputation it has.

However, it is a big step forward and hopefully a good-enough product to motivate IE fans to upgrade and end up increasing the "modern browser usage ratio".

Also, considering the activity on the "web-dev products side of Microsoft", seeing new IE-compatible designer/developer tools in the near future won't be a surprise.

P.S. Internet Explorer 9 Beta only works with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

  1. Reply john September 16, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    great, another browser to test in

  2. Reply Josh D. September 16, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    “P.S. Internet Explorer 9 Beta only works with Windows Vista and Windows 7.”

    That’s the biggest problem with IE9, Microsoft is always trying to force people to upgrade to the newest OS but not everyone can, mostly because a lot of people can’t afford either the hardware upgrades required or the OS itself. I understand that that IE9 requires certain features that aren’t available in earlier versions of the OS but I think it’s also because Microsoft is too lazy to find ways to make it work. Thankfully though, as you pointed out, there are other browsers out there to use (that are way better than IE) but it would still be nice to be able to give it a try.

  3. Reply Lauhakari [mikko] September 18, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    Actually, IE does have a developer tools and has had it for a few versions. Just like the built in dev-tools in chrome or Safari.
    FF still needs the webdeveloper toolbar plugin (only one of the big five).
    Not saying IE is better for development, but right should be right. =D

  4. Reply Paint.Net September 18, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    Oh, better download Opera or Fifrefox. I dont like IE 🙂
    and O or FF in many aspects better then IE !

  5. Reply Umut M. September 18, 2010 at 7:19 AM


    While writing the post, I was aware of the developer tools for IE and sometimes use them while debugging for IE.

    However, thinking that they are not close to what web developer toolbar + Firebug offers.

  6. Reply Marketing Digital BH September 18, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    The pluggins ability makes FF more flexible and customizable. It’s amazing so.

  7. Reply rico September 19, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Internet Explorer is the best browser to download a different browser.

  8. Reply Jamie September 20, 2010 at 4:34 AM

    Personally i prefer Internet Explorer although with it not supporting some CSS3 standards its quite annoying but with IE9 they are on their way to demand at long last! I do although use the other browsers; Safari, Chrome and Firefox and occasionally Opera spacifically for testing sites but for general use I go for IE. I always have each browser running at the same time anyway as the taskbar is great in Windows 7, much prefer it. But i agree with what someone said above, they should make IE9 available for older versions of the Windows OS, I am sure upgrades could be accomplished for those who, as said, cannot afford to upgrade their computer hardware to a newer model or alike.
    Thumbs up for me for IE9 BETA anyway so far.

  9. Reply CallingAllGeeks September 22, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    I liked the whole new IE9..Lots of features and looks more like Chrome .. is int it? …But seems like I’m still living in stone age as I have XP and sadly IE9 doesn’t support XP.. Time to upgrade my OS….

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