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Windows 7: Why the difference between Chrome and IE9 on Gmail

12 Apr 2011   #1
kristalsoldier

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Why the difference between Chrome and IE9 on Gmail

Hi all...

Suddenly something came up and I am stumped. Please take a look at the attached pic. Notice the difference between how Gmail appears in Chrome and IE9. I can understand a slight variation for obvious reasons, but this?

What I am pointing to is the "cog" that the recently revamped Gmail shows. You can see it clearly in the top right corner of the Chrome window. In IE9, the "cog" is replaced with how the email address, settings etc use to appear.

I have cleaned cookies etc. I even uninstalled and reinstalled IE9 (btw, it appeared via Windows Update). No luck.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.




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12 Apr 2011   #2
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

My best guess would be that, since Gmail, and Chrome are both Google products, that they have it that way on purpose, as if to "integrate" it with Chrome.
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12 Apr 2011   #3
kristalsoldier

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MWRed View Post
My best guess would be that, since Gmail, and Chrome are both Google products, that they have it that way on purpose, as if to "integrate" it with Chrome.
Thanks. But the strange thing is that maybe 12 hours or so back, both Chrome and IE9 rendered the Gmail page in exactly the same way - that is to say, both had the "cog" at the top right corner!
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13 Apr 2011   #4
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I see what you mean. My IE9 shows the cog at the moment.

EDIT: Ok, so I close IE...and come back, now the cog is gone, and it's back to the list of controls instead.....hmmm.
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14 Apr 2011   #5
kristalsoldier

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MWRed View Post
I see what you mean. My IE9 shows the cog at the moment.

EDIT: Ok, so I close IE...and come back, now the cog is gone, and it's back to the list of controls instead.....hmmm.
Yeah...man! these guys - Google and MS - need to get their act together. Either Gmail renders the same in all browsers or Google needs to be explicit to say that Gmail is optimized for Chrome (and other Google products only). Or, MS needs to see how they can adjust their browser to at least render what is a popular webmail service in the best possible way!

At the end of the day, I am not going to change my browser to access a single site. I may as well change the site (if I can, which in this case is indeed possible) and continue using a single browser (for the most part).

Edit:

I suspect this is something at Google's end, because I have now tested this with not only IE9, but also FF4 and Opera11. (someone told me that this difference in rendering is to be expected in Opera - quite why was not explained)
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14 Apr 2011   #6
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I can't tell what's going on really....depending on which time I go to Gmail with IE, it changes...one time the cog, one time the list...next time the cog....it's inconsistent, which makes it tough to figure out.
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16 Apr 2011   #7
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Firefox is the same. No cog. Maybe it's something to do with SPDY.

Google speeds up the Web with SPDY | ZDNet
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16 Apr 2011   #8
Orbital Shark

 
 

I'm getting no cog in any browser (IE, Chrome or FF)
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16 Apr 2011   #9
kristalsoldier

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
I'm getting no cog in any browser (IE, Chrome or FF)
Ummm...that's odd...because the cog is present in Chrome (at least for me).
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16 Apr 2011   #10
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

It's weird that it's so inconsistent. I get it in IE sometimes, and other times it's the list instead.
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