IE9: 5 ways it cuts browser clutter
By Shane O'Neill
September 16, 2010 05:14 PM ET
CIO - It's a little ironic that the main focus of yesterday's Internet Explorer 9 beta launch event in San Francisco was to de-emphasize the browser
The modern browser, with all its tabs, buttons and search fields, has become too cumbersome and draws attention away from what consumers and business users really care about
: Web sites. IE competitors Firefox and Chrome
are also stripping down their browser interfaces to the bare essentials.
"People go to the Web for sites, and Web sites have become boxed in by the browser," said Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft
's Internet Explorer GM, in his keynote
. "With IE9 we are unboxing the Web browser experience so users can focus on sites."
To this end, Microsoft has created IE9 as a browser that "uses the whole PC" - meaning that the rendering of text and graphics has moved from the CPU of a computer to the GPU (graphics processing unit) for more power and speed. IE9 is also offering more support for HTML5, an increasingly popular standard for developers to create rich media on Web sites.