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Internet Explorer 9 Now Available in Public Beta

By Jason Beahm on September 24, 2010 6:57 AM

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari. There is plenty of competition these days in the Internet browser war. But despite the feature-rich options available on the other web platforms, Internet Explorer continues to dominate the market, for better or for worse.

But now there is a new weapon in Microsoft's web browser artillery: Internet Explorer 9, which was released in public beta last Wednesday. The final version is expected to be released sometime next year. The new browser offers better support for HTML5 as well as other important features, including a faster JavaScript engine. Also gone are the days of the clogged, bloated look. Internet Explorer (or "IE9") is very minimalist, CNET reports, calling it "a theater with individual Web sites as the stars of the show."

The new browser was unveiled at 10:30 a.m. in SoMa, an up and coming industrial side of San Francisco, in part to highlight the fact that IE9 is designed to be very workmanlike.

So when you cut through the chatter, which browser is the right one for you and your firm? Did you really think there was going to be a simple answer to that question? Never.

The truth is, IE9 does appear to be a step forward for the browser. However, it doesn't seem to offer anything new that another browser can't match. So the best advice is to download it and try it out. It won't cost anything except a few minutes of your time. And if you don't like it, the alternatives will still be right there waiting for you. Just make sure that your computer has Windows 7 or Windows Vista, as IE9 is only compatible with those operating systems. 

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