Beauty of the Web?

Ricky Onsman
SitePoint Managing Editor

Beauty of the Web. That’s the term Microsoft is using to describe the recently released beta version of Internet Explorer 9.What is Microsoft talking about? Does it really think IE9 will make the Web more beautiful? Its dedicated website, beautyoftheweb.com, prompted me to think this is worth exploring. Here’s some of what I discovered.There’s a new user interface to explore with extended functionality, including tabs that can be detached and repositioned, a combined search and address bar called OneBox, and the super-discreet Notification Bar.Microsoft’s self-imposed target of releasing “the fastest browser out there” may just have become a reality. By tweaking the work roles of CPU and GPU here, and optimizing JavaScript computation there, the IE team are shown to be very close to their goal with Internet Explorer 9.But wait, there’s more! Reactive and immediate add-on and plugin management greatly improves control over page download times, while Site Pinning looks both functionally useful and very cool.You can also tackle the Microsoft-sponsored quiz we’ve compiled to see what you can recall from the article.So read the article, or take the quiz now.

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  • Michael

    Worst post ever! Sellouts!

    There’s a new user interface to explore with extended functionality, including tabs that can be detached and repositioned,
    - Chrome feature

    a combined search and address bar called OneBox,
    - Chrome feature (Omnibox)

    and the super-discreet Notification Bar.
    -Chrome feature

    Yes, IE9 has the best GPU support so far, but that’s not enough to make the browser better than Chrome or Firefox. In fact the latest nightly builds of Chromium and Firefox have GPU support underway so once again IE9 is too little too late.

    • http://www.onsman.com Ricky Onsman

      There’s no doubt IE9 has adopted and built on ideas that can be seen in other browsers. That’s been going on since we’ve had browsers, and so it should. I think IE9 has considerably improved overall tab functionality, for example. Others may well take it further in other future browser versions.

      Nowhere do I say that IE9 is a “better” browser than any other. I do think, however, that IE9 is worth a good look. Which means stepping past any prejudices.

      I don’t think IE9 is “too little too late” at all.

  • http://www.yacare.fr McBenny

    Excuse me but the quizz is just stupid.
    When you ask : with this new product you can : a) do 1 crazy thing or b) go anywhere you want or c) get everything you want or d) all of the above…
    What do you expect people will check ?
    Advertissment is one thing, taking your readers for dumies is another.

    • http://www.onsman.com Ricky Onsman

      The expectation is that people will either recall the correct answer or not. It really doesn’t go any deeper than that.

  • http://logansbailey.com baileylo

    “Microsoft’s self-imposed target of releasing “the fastest browser out there” may just have become a reality. By tweaking the work roles of CPU and GPU here, and optimizing JavaScript computation there, the IE team are shown to be very close to their goal with Internet Explorer 9.”

    Interesting, but why would you purport that something “may just have become a reality” and then say in the next sentence that’s it’s not?

    • http://www.onsman.com Ricky Onsman

      IE9 is in beta. At this stage, it hasn’t quite achieved the stated goal of “releasing” the fastest browser out there, but they seem to be close. By the time IE9 loses beta status, it may indeed be the fastest, or it might fall just short. Or it might get gazumped by another browser development.

  • essexboyracer

    Does it work on linux?

    • USPatriot

      How is Linux relevant? It only takes 1% of the market. Pretty pathetic.

      • fn64

        How is your opinion relevant? It’s only 0,000001%. Pretty pathetic.

        • Adfadsf

          Yeah that’s why u all have to worry about viruses and hacking and identity theft. Linux is virus free. How much information about people has been released from windows. So no talk fool.

  • Paul McKeown

    I see that Yahoo has finally released an updated YUI Browser Support matrix. Significantly it is predicting to move IE6 from A grade to C grade in Q11 (http://yuiblog.com/blog/2010/11/03/gbs-update-2010q4/). IE6 should rapidly go down the toilet now. As soon as Yahoo drops support for IE6 for new applications, I personally will feel a lot less pressure to support it myself. It’s not like Yahoo tries to be the coolest kid on the block or to dress marketing attacks on MS as fashion statements (that’s you, Google, Apple, Youtube, Facebook, etc.), but it does try to release engineering of exceptionally high quality.

    Made my day that news!

  • Emil

    There are some important features missing in IE9
    flexible box layout, css gradients, text-shadow, file api, svg filters, css transitions, drag and drop

    • fn64

      absolutely agree!

      despite all that bullshit about “beauty of the web”, IE still doesn’t completely support DOM 2.

      wtf are you talking about? MS will never change and IE will always be crap.

      • Kyu

        Have you even tried it before dissing it? MS bashing only make sense when you actually TRIED the product and found it to be “crap” as you say.

        as far as am concerned, ie6-8 are BAD, completely. IE9 is the first ms browser to actually impress me. oh sure its not perfect, but considering ms’ past, well… sorry but “MS will never change and IE will always be crap” just sounds like an opinion not based on the actual browser itself but on your idea that anything ms does is inherently bad….

  • Wardrop

    I’m honestly surprised at how well Microsoft seemed to have executed IE9. I’m not saying that IE9 is an exceptional browser, but we’re talking Microsoft here – the king of pain-the-ass bloat-ware. Sure, they’ve got a lot of there ideas from other vendors, but even so, I’m surprised how many they’ve adopted.

    Like any software Microsoft produces, IE9 is a little “out-of-touch”. Full of ideas that only someone with the most widely used operating system could implement; I’m referring to the Windows 7 integration specifically. I’m not against the idea, I’m just not all-for-it. Website’s shouldn’t target browsers and operating systems. This kind of stuff as harmless as it seems, gives incentive to software developers to make their corporate web applications IE9-only, by basing their interface design around these IE9 and Windows 7 integration features. It just serves to make it harder for companies to adopt a non-Microsoft browser. That’s my concern anyway.

  • c_spha

    I haven’t used the IE 9 yet but I’m sure its far better than the previous versions which is what one would assume nut you never know with Microsoft.

  • WTF??

    I do not appreciate that upon logout from HoTMaiL my current IE8 decides to goto beautyoftheweb.com — it looks like a malicious redirect site. I scan the page for any links that may look genuine, i.e. from MSN, Microsoft — can’t find one. Thus this side trip to your post via Google.