Yesterday Internet Explorer 9 has been officially launched. I think IE9 is better than Internet Explorer 8, but there are better Web browser choices out there.
Internet Explorer 9 wont be my web-browser and let me explain why I did this choise. Here’s why:
Operating System Incompatibilities
IE 9 works only with Windows 7 and Vista. That’s it. What if you are XP users? You’re out of luck. There’s no IE 9 for XP.
According to NetMarketShare, the majority of Windows users are still running XP, 55%, to 23% running Windows 7 and 11% with Vista, but there’s still no IE 9 for XP.
Microsoft also doesn’t support IE 9 on Mac OS X or Linux either. Indeed, Dean Hachamovitch, the head of Microsoft’s IE’s engineering group boasted of it at the SXSW (South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals). Hachamovitch is reported as saying, “Other browsers dilute their engineering investments across systems. Because we focus exclusively on one, IE can make the most of the Windows experience and the hardware.”
But Chrome, Firefox, and Safari all seem to manage it pretty well. And, even if Microsoft wants to ignore Mac OS X and Linux, why not at least a version for XP anyway? The answer, of course, is that Microsoft wants to sell you Windows 7, even if you don’t need or want it.
I’ve also been finding in my day-to-day use that Chrome just feels faster than IE9.
The 64-bit version
Of course, if you have Windows 64-bit, when you go to download IE9 download process forces you to download the inferior 64bit version of IE9. Remember, if you run a Windows 64-bit system you can also run the 32-bit version of internet explorer.
You should be able to choose which version you want, but Microsoft forces you to use the 64-bit version.
Low Security Level
Make no mistake about it, IE 9 is much more secure than any previous version of IE, but that doesn’t mean it’s as secure as its Web browser rivals.
For example, these days when attacking Web-plug ins, such as Adobe Flash is every hacker’s favorite new trick, IE 9 doesn’t alert you if you’re not running the latest plug-in, which Firefox does with Plug-in Check or automatically update them ala Chrome with its built-in PDF and Flash software.
Better still, in Chrome, even if your plug-in gets hit by zero day attack, the most frequently attacked plug-ins, Adobe Flash Player and Reader, run in a sandbox so the attack can’t get to your PC’s operating system.
So, sure IE 9 is safer, but it you really want to be safe, Chrome and Firefox appear to be the better choices.
Ed Bott, ZDNet’s resident Windows tech expert said:
“I’ve spent hours studying the different signals that websites and Internet Explorer can exchange with one another, and I came away with a splitting headache. More importantly, even after reading that I’ve found multiple sites that simply won’t display quite right in IE 9. On one page hosted at blogspot.com, the only way to get text to wrap properly was to press F12 and use the Developer Tools to send a different User-Agent string to the site.”
In addition, IE 9 actually does a lousy job of supporting HTML 5. In the HTML 5 Web page test, IE 9 comes behind all the other modern Web browsers.
So, do you want a great Web browser for your Windows machine, or any other system, I recommend Chrome 10.
Firefox 4 also looks like its worth considering.
But, IE 9? The best I can say is that if you absolutely insist on running a Microsoft browser, and you’re not running XP and you’re sure you’re running the 32-bit version then yes, it’s an acceptable choice.
The original source of the article was ZDNet with an article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Five Reasons not to “Upgrade” to Windows’ Internet Explorer 9