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Windows 7: Five Reasons not to “Upgrade” to Windows’ Internet Explorer 9

20 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 10 Pro x64
Five Reasons not to “Upgrade” to Windows’ Internet Explorer 9

After a couple of weeks on tinkering with the newly released Internet Explorer (IE) 9, and a host of other Web browsers, I have to say that while 32-bit IE 9 is much better than any other version of IE to date, it’s still not my first pick for a Web browser. Here’s why.

1. Operating system incompatibilities
When it comes to desktop operating systems, IE 9 works only with Windows 7 and Vista. That’s it. XP users? You’re out of luck. There’s no IE 9 for XP. Yes, 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 you.

Of course, 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.”

Funny, 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.

2. Performance
Yes, IE 9 actually is the winner at the SunSpider JavaScript 0.91 benchmark, but a fuller suite of tests reveals that IE 9 actually loses to Chrome and even to the Firefox 4 release candidate on other benchmarks.
Fair warning here, the author clearly has an Anti Microsoft agenda. This becomes obvious within the first 2 paragraphs, so the "information" may or may not be accurate. Still, it is in an interesting article.

More at: Five Reasons not to “Upgrade” to Windows’ Internet Explorer 9 | ZDNet

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20 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

If your using Windows 7, then I recommend IE 9. Once you get it configured the way you like it, it is fine and works fast and well.

People who won't update to an improved version of software, remind me of the doctors office manager who did not like the computer office scheduling software and kept writing appointments in the large ledger sheets that she had used for 20 years. I had to go into the office early one morning and take the schedule book and hide it in the ceiling tiles. She now swears by the computer scheduling program.

Try it, you will like it.. I do..
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20 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I downloaded IE9 so my computer is up to date, but I will only use it on a couple of my online bill pay web sites that require it. I will stay with Chrome 100% of the time. IE9 isn't bad, but to me, Chrome is just flat out better.
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20 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

I used it for some hours but due to the annoyances and lack of built-in features I switched back to FF4
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20 Mar 2011   #5
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I've been using it since the beta and don't see any reason to stop using it, it's faster and gives me more room on screen for the web site I'm visiting rather that having the browser taking more room. I've used other browsers at one time or another but I always come back to IE and now with this latest version 9 I see no reason to quit.
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20 Mar 2011   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I know that I installed the 64 bit version of IE9, but I remember one person saying that when this is installed, it also installs the 32 bit version at the same time. However, when I open IE either from Program Files or Program Files (x86), and check the data in Help>About, it says exactly the same thing, as in the screenshot below. How would one be certain that both are the same version, or different?

Attached Images
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20 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Go to Start Menu > All Programs > Internet Explorer (64 Bit). Then do the help about IE. It should have "64-bit Edition" next to the version number.
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20 Mar 2011   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I can't go that path, because it did not install a Start Menu item. I have to go to the folder paths that I mentioned.
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20 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

The author is, to put it simply, an imbecile. Bitching about not having IE9 won't help, he as well as everybody else know that MS doesn't "support" XP anymore. If you're that stupid to want to use an operating system 10 years old, it's your funeral.
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20 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Internet Explorer...
Isn't that this built in installation tool for Chrome?
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