If you’ve been using Google’s Chrome browser for it’s speed and no-nonsense layout or Firefox because of it’s “security” features, you may want to take a look at the latest version of Internet Explorer. We’ve been following the development of Internet Explorer 9 since it was first announced and it appears that Microsoft is not going to let Chrome, Firefox, or Opera take the crown in this space.
The latest update sports over 17,000 pieces of user feedback and it bears the Release Candidate (RC) name which means that Internet Explorer is close to an official release as a stable product for deployment across the enterprise and to consumer’s computers. Speaking of deployment, Microsoft also made available the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 9 (IEAK 9) and the IE9 Blocker Toolkit for IT Professionals.
Check out two sites that are using Internet Explorer’s new site pinning feature for a completely immersive experience between Internet Explorer and Windows 7.
Twitter and Internet Explorer, a better social experience
Notice how the Back/Forward buttons change colors and the Twitter icon appears on the top-right corner. Internet Explorer is branded to Twitter’s look and feel. The next thing you will notice is that when you right-click the Twitter/IE icon on the Taskbar you will see the Jump List with a Tasks section that is specific to Twitter. Click on any of the Tasks to see the section listed.
Amazon and Internet Explorer, online shopping to the next level
As with any site that is pinned to the Taskbar, Internet Explorer will adjust it’s look to suit the site’s colors and icons (see Amazon below).
If you want to experience what Microsoft has done to integrate the browser with Windows 7, you’ve got to give Internet Explorer 9 a spin. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate from Microsoft.
Via the Windows Team Blog.