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Internet Explorer 9 and Alternative Browsers

Updated on September 15, 2010

Internet Explorer 9

So I saw on the news last night that Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 9. I do not really see the whole difference at all. I think the only reason that most people still use internet explorer is because it comes free with Windows operating systems and most people don't really understand yet how to get alternative browsers or most probably they might not even know they exist. 

I have been using Google Chrome for a while now and from time to time go back to Firefox. I just love the interface of Google Chrome and the fact that I can search instantly from the address bar as compared to others where, even if there are dedicated spaces on the tool bar for searching, it is still more convenient that the address bar is already a search bar. With Firefox, the reason I use it is primarily the add-ons. I believe that the strength of Firefox lies in this feature of being able to use add-ons even from third-party service providers.

Internet Explorer 9 Comparison
Internet Explorer 9 Comparison

What's new in Internet Explorer 9

On CNN, some girl who's supposedly the VP of Microsoft or something like that talked about how the newest features of Internet Explorer 9 will feature stuff that are available in Windows 7 like being able to pin stuff on the toolbar or being able to drag out websites to other parts of your desktop which really are all available already in Google Chrome and other browsers. I don't think there really is anything new with Internet Explorer 9 and I don't understand the big fuzz about it in the news. Microsoft is always like this with their products. They just market and market and people get so into them but really there's not much new that they can offer.

The biggest problem with Internet Explorer, as a browser, would be security. Countless times you can get malware or other harmful viruses from IE because of all its security holes and bugs that others like Firefox or Safari almost ultimately don't have.

List of Alternative Internet Browsers

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Opera

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Free Download

If you look at the design of the interface of Internet Explorer 9 you will see that it is much like Google Chrome in its simplicity. The only difference would be, I am guessing, that there is a lot of integration with stuff like Java that is already built-in within the browser. They also boast hardware acceleration that will supposedly make the browsing experience faster and and the quality even better. This is very important because the most important thing that users and surfers do nowadays would be downloading from the internet or Making Blogs.

But I don't really understand but I guess I have to try it and this is why they are offering internet explorer 9 free download for the beta version for people to be able to try it out. Watch the video below to be able to see how you can download the free beta version if IE9.

How to Download Free Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Internet Exploerer 9 Beta

Of course this is the beta version and the bottom line can only come from being able to try the actual thing. But if you really want to try it out then go ahead and download the beta version. There is really no point in listening to me that much. I am not really a programmer or whatever but I am a person who loves to surf the net and I talk based on experience. So go ahead and try it for yourself and if you haven't you should also go and try the alternatives so you can compare.

Internet Explorer 9 Comparison

Competition is ideally good for any market and the consumers will always be able to benefit from this. There have always been anti-trust speculations against Microsoft because of Internet Explorer but now they have fixed this by asking the user first whether they want Internet Explorer to be their default browser. Having competition will always increase quality and this is why Windows came up with IE9 because they have been slowly losing their users. IE users have dropped significantly because of Firefox and Google Chrome. As much as 23% are now using Firefox and this can really take a big hit on Microsoft's profits and so they came up with this IE9 and now they are marketing it all over the web, the news, and wherever else they can.

My personal advice, try out other browsers first and compare and see why more and more people are going to the alternative browsers for their web browsing experience.


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    • OpinionDuck profile image

      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      I use IE 8, FF 3.6 and Chrome.

      I have had trouble with all of them at one time or another.

      FF went crazy on one of my computers so I use IE.

      Not too many options for alt browsers.


    • Harry Santos profile image

      Harry Santos 7 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      true that! :D

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      SloppyZoom! 7 years ago

      Google Chrome ftw! :D